Month: August 2021

Candesartan is a medication used to lower blood pressure.  How does candesartan work, what is it used for, and what are the potential side effects? Candesartan is a prescription medication, and it belongs to the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) class of pharmaceuticals.1  It is available in pill form or liquid, and this chemical compound
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Pulp is the soft mass of connective tissue that is located in the center of the tooth. Dental pulp also contains nerves and blood vessels to provide essential nutrients to keep the tooth healthy and working properly. A pulpectomy is the removal of pulp tissue from all parts of a tooth that has become irreversibly
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Neurapraxia is the mildest type of nerve injury.1 It is a common disorder of the peripheral nervous system – the system of nerves that function to relay information between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body. A person with neurapraxia will experience a loss of motor and sensory function. These functions are
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Consuming cannabis products doesn’t have the same effects on the respiratory system as smoking it – but are edibles bad for your heart? Cannabis, which is derived from the hemp plant, is widely known for its psychoactive and anti-nausea properties.  The active ingredient in cannabis that is associated with these effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabis
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A growing body of research is investigating the potential health benefits of turmeric.  Can turmeric for endometriosis help reduce pain and other symptoms? What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the uterine glands and endometrial tissues are present outside of the uterus.1  These extrauterine tissues and chronic inflammation can cause painful
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TENS machines – or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – are small devices that are connected to electrodes that are placed on the skin. The device sends low voltage electrical currents to the electrodes that stimulate the nerves. Commonly used in pain relief, there is some research suggesting a benefit of TENS for labor pain. TENS
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Any injury that is sustained on the human body could be potentially life-threatening if it results in massive amounts of bleeding. However, a wound to the chest area is especially risky because not only is the victim in danger of bleeding out, but a wound to the chest could potentially disrupt their breathing capabilities. A
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Strep throat is a common and highly contagious bacterial infection that is caused by the bacteria known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS).1 Doctors can easily test for strep throat via a rapid test.4 This means that the doctor takes a gentle swab from the back of the throat with a cotton swab and tests it
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Functional profiling is a dynamic process that uses each patient’s living cancer cells to select chemotherapy drugs in the lab to determine the best treatment for each individual. While the concept may seem new to some, Los Angeles-based Dr. Robert Nagourney, an internationally recognized pioneer in cancer research, has successfully been applying this technique for
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Constipation is a common condition that causes less frequent bowel movements, pain, and bloating in the back and waist of adults.1,2 Massage can be an effective treatment for constipation. Constipation is caused by hardened stool that cannot easily move through the colon or large intestine. Many factors can cause constipation such as a change in
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It seems, almost overnight, that skincare and skincare treatments is all anyone can talk about. Men and women are using entire paychecks to make sure they have the right products that promise beautiful glowing skin. Celebrities are creating skincare lines to cash in on this massive skincare market. Skincare treatments and facials are now part
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Sometimes, taking the time to drive to an office and see a doctor isn’t something many of us want to do. Our lives are busy; it can be time-consuming and occasionally frustrating to physically travel to a doctor’s appointment. Sometimes, it could be anxiety-related or maybe you just don’t want to go in for a
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Researchers in the United Kingdom investigated the effects of pomegranate juice on lowering blood sugar levels. Pomegranates are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants. Pomegranates are also an excellent source of fibre and iron. It’s no wonder then that research studies have investigated the effect of pomegranate juice, with positive
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Cardiovascular endurance, also known as cardiorespiratory endurance, can be measured by simple fitness tests to assess how well your body functions to bring oxygen to muscles during exercise. This measurement can be used to assess overall health. What is cardiovascular endurance? Cardiovascular endurance refers to the efficiency of the cardiorespiratory system when continuously performing full-body
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Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients – researchers have investigated if dragon fruit is good for diabetics. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are diagnosed using blood sugar levels. A fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test measures blood sugar levels after approximately eight hours without eating. The two hours post-prandial glucose (2HPP) test measures blood
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Researchers continue to investigate the frequency, duration, and type of exercise (e.g., aerobic and anaerobic exercise) that provides the most cardiovascular health benefits. Often, aerobic conditioning is reported in research to be an important type of exercise for lowering CVD risk. So, what is aerobic conditioning, and what are its health benefits? Aerobic conditioning –
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Most women tend to experience fluctuating symptoms of menopause that can sometimes affect their personal and social lives.5 The top six symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, weight gain, sleep difficulties, and mood changes. Menopause is a complex physiological and psychological condition in women. The term is derived from the Greek
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