In a recent study, researchers analyzed possible sources of exposure to PFAS chemicals in women. Many commonly used items such as non-stick cookware, carpet, food packaging, and dental floss contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as these substances have water and fat-resistant properties. However, traces of PFAS have been found in humans and have been
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A recent study discussed why neck exercises are an important practice to help lessen the severity of or even avoid sports-related concussions.   Sports-related concussions happen when the head or neck experiences a strong force. These concussions can cause pathophysiological alterations in the brain, and damage to brain tissue is a long-term possibility. Sports-related concussions
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Diabetic eye disease can cause blindness, especially if the diagnosis is delayed. Artificial intelligence may play a role in early detection. Millions of people lose their eyesight to diabetic eye disease, out of the roughly 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide. In many cases, delayed diagnosis is a contributing factor to vision loss. This
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In a recent study published in JAMA, researchers determined whether reducing added sugars will improve fatty liver disease in kids.   Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in children. It is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, end-stage liver disease, liver cancer, and cardio-vascular disease. Added sugar in
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In a recent study, Australian researchers hoped to solidify a link between social media compulsive traits and risky drinking habits. Social media has been constructed to stimulate the reward centers of the brain with different variations on personal validation. While there is room to enjoy using social media responsibly, heavy usage of social media can
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Researchers investigated the impact of missing primary care medical appointments on the risk of death in patients with long-term conditions. Several previous studies have looked at the underlying reasons behind patients missing medical appointments. These can be related to patient factors or to the medical practice arrangements. However, less is known about the impact of
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A new study investigated the beneficial effects of choline, an important nutrient, in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease across two generations. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the least understood chronic neurodegenerative diseases affecting over 30 million people worldwide. It most commonly affects people over the age of 65 years. Usually, the disease starts
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The prevalence of food allergies has thoroughly been researched in children. A recent survey investigated the commonness and severity of food allergies in American adults.   Food allergies are a potentially fatal condition that can affect the quality of life many patients. Many studies have previously investigated the prevalence of food allergies amongst children, but
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A recent study determined how emotion regulation may alter negative health effects due to family stress.   The human body responds to psychological stress through chronic and acute symptoms. Facing chronic stress at an early age has been identified to increase susceptibility to depression, cardiovascular disease, a weaker immune system, and overall poorer health. An
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A recent study investigated whether one of the benefits of lifting weights is reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Resistance exercise has been shown to improve many cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. However, there is limited information on the benefits of lifting weights
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A recent article published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research examined the growth trends of children’s bones. Monitoring bone growth is important for children with developmental and skeletal disorders, such as constitutional growth delay and scoliosis. Healthcare professionals can assess when bones stop growing longitudinally, an event termed epiphyseal fusion, to better understand developmental conditions.
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Research shows promise towards understanding the underpinning cellular causes of skin cancer and its potential treatment.   The incidence of skin cancer is rising with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), a form of non-melanoma skin cancer that is the second most common form of cancer in the United States. Of these, between 2-5% of patients
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In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers tested whether body mass index is still an effective calculation for projecting cardiovascular health.   Body mass index (BMI) is a simple calculation of an individual’s weight (in kilograms), divided by their height (in meters squared). Obesity is known to be a
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A recent study developed and evaluated the effectiveness of a new device to detect epileptic seizures and act as an epilepsy warning. Despite receiving medication, approximately 30% of people with epilepsy continue to have seizures. Seizures occurring during sleep can be especially dangerous and are often unwitnessed. These epileptic patients are also at high risk
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