Heat stroke

Heat stoke is a very serious medical condition that happens when the body overheats and is unable to cool down without external help. It causes at least 240 deaths in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Causes & symptoms Heat stroke, a form of hyperthermia, is characterized by […]
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Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters might be at greater risk

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland adds to the growing body of evidence indicating that the source of dietary protein may play a role in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that plant protein was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while persons with a […]
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Artificial blood transfusions

Blood transfusions can save the lives of patients who have suffered major blood loss, but hospitals don’t always have enough or the right type on hand. In search of a solution, researchers have developed a promising substitute using blood’s oxygen-carrying component, hemoglobin. The in vitro study, reported in ACS’ journal Biomacromolecules, found that the modified […]
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Past kidney injury may raise risk of poor pregnancy outcomes

The risk of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications may be greater for expectant mothers who have a history of acute kidney injury, a new study finds, even when kidney function is normal prior to pregnancy. Study leader Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, of the Division of Nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, and colleagues […]
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Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

There’s evidence that daily low-dose aspirin may decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. The Chinese-based study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, “the balance of evidence shows that people who use aspirin to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease or colorectal cancer can feel positive that their use likely also lowers their risk […]
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How nutritional guideline’s restriction on sugar intake is not based on high quality science

Nutritional guidelines restricting sugar intake are not based on high quality science, finds new study led by McMaster University and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The paper is published Dec. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The research team conducted a systematic review of nine public health guidelines on sugar recommendations, including those […]
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Does loss in sleep increase your desire for sugar and fatty foods?

It is not well understood what role sleep loss plays in affecting areas of the brain that control the desire to consume unhealthy foods. A new paper published on December 6 in the journal eLife finds that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss leads to increased consumption of unhealthy foods, specifically sucrose and fat. The […]
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Molecular insights into anti-tumor effects of diabetes drug

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular mechanism that works at the cell level to help protect the epithelial tissue that lines various body cavities and organs in the body. The discovery may help explain why the widely prescribed diabetes drug metformin appears to preserve the epithelial barrier’s ability to ward off infection, resist inflammation, […]
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Most of us have consumed energy drinks at one point or another, either because of a looming deadline or during a fun night out. Although energy drinks are often perceived as harmless, a new case report links the beverages to liver damage, after a previously healthy man developed hepatitis from consuming too many. In the […]
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Antibodies can help break leukemia’s hold

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer known for drug resistance and relapse. In an effort to uncover new treatment strategies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center discovered that a cell surface molecule known as CD98 promotes AML. The study, published October 27 by Cancer Cell, […]
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Young football players show brain changes after just a single season

When it comes to head impact in youth football, it is not just concussion that affects the brain. In a new study, researchers identified white matter changes in the brains of children after just a single season of playing football, even in the absence of a concussion diagnosis. It is estimated that around 30 million […]
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Evolution of spider venom in improving human health

This Halloween, you’re not likely to see many trick-or-treaters dressed as spiders. Google Trends pegs “Spider” as the 87th most searched-for Halloween costume, right between “Hippie” and “The Renaissance.” But don’t let your guard down. Spiders are everywhere. More than 46,000 species of spiders creepy crawl across the globe, on every continent except Antarctica. Each […]
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Brain structure’s role in a successful diet

Dieting has increased in recent decades, but interestingly, so has obesity. In the midst of so many people struggling to lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests that the problem may lie in the brain. Results show that the ability to self-regulate body weight could be down to each individual’s brain structure. […]
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