A new study published in the journal Health Psychology has examined the link between depression and chronic diseases in women. A large portion of the working population today face an increased susceptibility to multiple chronic diseases due to hectic work schedules, lack of physical exercise, exposure to environmental pollutants, and unhealthy eating habits. The work demands
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New research investigates the association of high cholesterol and the use of statins on glaucoma risk. Statin medications are commonly prescribed in patients with high cholesterol for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. Besides lowering cholesterol, statins have other beneficial effects that could be useful in treating other diseases and disorders. One such disease statins may
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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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A recent study published findings on the health benefits of eating blueberries in patients with metabolic syndrome. The main component of blueberries, anthocyanin, has been previously identified by researchers as a possible candidate to improve health outcomes in people with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome affects nearly one-third of western populations. People with metabolic syndrome have
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Researchers investigated whether treating an enlarged prostate is linked with poorer outcomes in men later found to have prostate cancer. Enlarged prostates can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms An enlarged prostate in men occurs due to an overgrowth of prostate cells. Prostate enlargement occurs naturally as a man ages, affecting as many as 27 million men
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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 studied worksite food choices and how they are associated with dietary quality, cardiometabolic health, and overall health. Diet quality plays a large role in a person’s overall health. Unfortunately, obesity and other diseases are issues that continue to escalate due to unhealthy eating. It can be difficult to make healthy choices while being on-the-go
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In a recent study, researchers tested different types of antibiotics as a potential endometriosis treatment. Endometriosis is a chronic condition that can lead to pelvic and lower abdominal pain and infertility. About 10% of women between 25 and 40 years old have endometriosis. This condition can cause a significant reduction in quality of life. Endometriosis
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In a recent study, researchers investigated the long-term health effects of dietary amino acid supplements, such as protein shakes. Protein shakes, powders, and snack supplements containing amino acids are popular amongst fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts for their muscle building benefits. Branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and
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In a recent study, researchers examined the potential risks and benefits associated with vaccines and breastfeeding. A recent article published in Breastfeeding Medicine describes a study conducted at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that examined the risks associated with vaccinating breastfeeding women. The researcher reviewed the most
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Current options to treat cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy; but will there ever be a cancer vaccine? Vaccines are a powerful method to prevent infectious diseases. They work by stimulating the immune system to mount a reaction against dangerous germs. The success of vaccines in controlling infectious diseases prompted scientists to explore their use
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A study investigating the effects of saffron in children and teens suggest potential as an alternative herbal treatment for ADHD. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder often seen in childhood and adolescence. It is a chronic disorder that results in problems such as poor concentration and impulse control. An estimated 30% of patients
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A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests a new molecule could be a promising new treatment for type 2 diabetes. Facts about type 2 diabetes Diabetes is one of the most common and costly chronic diseases. In 2017, over 2 million Canadians reported being diagnosed with diabetes. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians
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A recent study examined the relationship between spending time alone, self-esteem, and feelings of belonging in first-year college students. Being a first-year college student is stressful, to say the least. Transitioning from the relatively supportive and familiar environment of high school forces us to take several big steps out of our comfort zones. Being independent
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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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Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have an increased risk of pregnancy complications. In a recent clinical trial, researchers tested the effectiveness of metformin on PCOS and pregnancy complications.   Polycystic ovary syndrome occurs in 5 to 10% of women and is the leading cause of infertility in the United States. The condition is characterized
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