Allergies & Asthma

To see how stress affects children, researchers studied the effect of negative early-life experiences on stress hormone levels and the ability to focus. Negative early-life experiences in children such as poverty, parental divorce, or substance abuse can lead to the poor adjustment of children in social, emotional, and academic situations. The fact that this is
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In a recent study, researchers assessed the advantages an extrovert at work experiences, compared to introverts. What is the difference between extroverts and introverts? Extroverts tend to be viewed as sociable, outgoing, and leaders. Introverts tend to be viewed as reserved, calm, and observant. Extraversion and introversion in the workplace is a frequently studied topic.
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A recent study investigated the relationship between poor sleep quality, depressed mood, and age, and the decline in working memory capacity and precision. Psychological research is often thought to explain and simplify the workings of the human mind. With more in-depth, sophisticated investigations, it appears that our knowledge of the human mind increases. In a
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A recent study investigated the health benefits of fast walking, finding that risk of heart disease decreases with increased walking speed. It is widely known that maintaining an active lifestyle is beneficial for overall health, and may help increase life span. However, does the pace of activity have any implications on health? According to a
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A new study assessed whether intensive treatment in patients with high blood pressure and diabetes can reduce risk of adverse events or death. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a well-established risk factor for the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, including heart
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Researchers have developed a tool that can accurately predict the risk of epileptic seizures in pregnancy. In the United States, over 1 million women of childbearing age have epilepsy. Antiepileptic drugs are known to be associated with congenital malformations, growth retardation, and neurocognitive development deficit. The dilemma to use or not to use antiepileptic drugs
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Researchers in France investigated the effects of acetaminophen on stroke risk and other factors in older adults. Acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) is a widely-used, over-the-counter, pain-relief medicine. It is generally considered to be very safe. However, it is also one of the most commonly over-dosed drugs and the most common cause of drug-induced liver
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A recent study assessed whether controlling blood pressure with anti-hypertensive treatment would be associated with a reduced rate of morality. High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health concerns in adults across the globe. A recent study aimed to understand whether maintaining normal blood pressure values would have an impact on life expectancy
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Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to determine if switching individuals with type 2 diabetes to liquid-only diets would impact their cardiometabolic risk.   Cardiometabolic risk is a condition in which individuals have low blood levels of high-density cholesterol (good cholesterol), as well as high levels of triglycerides. Individuals with cardiometabolic risk typically express insulin resistance and
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A study of American adults evaluated the link between nutrient intake from dietary supplements and mortality.   In 2015, the market revenue of vitamin supplements was estimated to be worth more than US$50 billion. By 2024, the global dietary supplements market is expected to reach US$278 billion. Dietary supplements are commonly taken to compensate for a
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Many individuals are apprehensive in using cochlear implants in kids. Researchers from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago cleared the air on this issue.   Cochlear implants are implantable hearing devices. Patients have to undergo complex surgical procedure requiring anesthesia as well as a long follow-up to help restore hearing loss.
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A review investigated whether carbohydrate intake leads to a sugar crash instead of a sugar rush and its associated effect on mood.   There has been a concerning increase in the intake of carbohydrates and sugar-rich foods and beverages worldwide over the past few decades. Sugar-sweetened and energy drinks are marketed as products that help
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A recent study investigated the safety and efficacy of transplanting organs from hepatitis C positive patients into hepatitis C negative transplant patients with antiviral therapy. Each year, hundreds of patients waiting for a heart transplant end up dying or become too sick to undergo transplantation. Those that do eventually receive a heart often have to
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Age-related macular degeneration has been associated with an increase and decrease of dietary and supplementary calcium intake. This study aimed to clarify these mixed results. Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in developed countries. It is usually associated with an increase in age. The retina is located at the
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A recent study by researchers at the University of Liverpool compared the application efficacy between traditional sunscreens and moisturizers with SPF.   It is well known that ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure has several harmful effects, such as premature aging and skin cancer. However, despite the wide promotion of the use of products containing sun protection
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A recent study examined the relationship between exercise, brain volume, and symptoms of depression in children.   Exercise has been strongly linked to positive benefits in patients with depression, as well as its prevention. This has been particularly true for young adults. It has also been suggested that exercise can modify the hippocampal volume, a
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Preeclampsia can be life-threatening for both mothers and babies. Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered that a simple urine test could be used for fast preeclampsia diagnosis.   Preeclampsia is one of the deadliest pregnancy-related conditions. Symptoms of preeclampsia can include high blood pressure, excess protein in urine (proteinuria) or signs of liver or
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