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Omega-3 fatty acid medications can boost cardiovascular health
 

Omega-3 fatty acid medications can boost cardiovascular health

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As cases of obesity and diabetes are on the rise, so are their complications. One complication that has recently been a point of focus for the American Heart Association (AHA) is high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are fats in the blood. Some are natural…

Controversial study links pollution with bipolar, depression
 

Controversial study links pollution with bipolar, depression

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A recent study has concluded that exposure to air pollution, particularly during the first 10 years of life, could play a significant role in the development of psychiatric disorders. However, not everyone is convinced by the data. The study, which appears i…

More of any physical activity tied to longer life
 

More of any physical activity tied to longer life

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Research clearly shows that increasing physical activity, regardless of intensity, relates to a significantly lower risk of dying. Even light exercise, such as walking, can make a difference. Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing data from publ…

5G technology: Is it bad for our health?
 

5G technology: Is it bad for our health?

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As 5G wireless technology is slowly making its way across the globe, many government agencies and organizations advise that there is no reason to be alarmed about the effects of radiofrequency waves on our health. But some experts strongly disagree. The term…

Why the Fight Against Racism has to Start With Owning it
 

Why the Fight Against Racism has to Start With Owning it

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I can’t remember a time in my thinking life when I wasn’t aware of my own racism. I don’t say that with shame; it’s just a factI’m racist, you’re racist, even babies are racist. And I suppose I’ve always felt, particularly as a person of color, that acknowled…

Listening and reading evoke almost identical brain activity
 

Listening and reading evoke almost identical brain activity

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Whether the words of a story come from listening or reading, it appears that the brain activates the same areas to represent their semantics, or meaning, according to new research. Using detailed brain scans, scientists at the University of California (UC), …

Study links insomnia genes to heart disease, stroke risk
 

Study links insomnia genes to heart disease, stroke risk

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Scientists used data from more than 1.6 million people to link insomnia genes to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke but not atrial fibrillation. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with stroke coming in at number five. M…

Fluoridated water: Maternal exposure may affect children’s IQs
 

Fluoridated water: Maternal exposure may affect children’s IQs

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New research examines the link between maternal consumption of fluoridated water and lower IQs in their children. According to recent estimates, 66% of all United States residents receive fluoridated water through their taps. Adding fluoride to drinking wat…

Could targeting variants of this gene help fight Alzheimer’s disease?
 

Could targeting variants of this gene help fight Alzheimer’s disease?

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Scientists have identified gene variants that appear able to alter the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by changing levels of a protein that is present in cerebrospinal fluid. In a recent Science Translational Medicine paper, the international team describes how …

My experience of breast implant illness
 

My experience of breast implant illness

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“I feel like I’m being poisoned.” I will never forget the night I told my parents that I thought my breast implants were the cause of a decade’s worth of unexplained medical phenomena. What started as a sudden onset of panic attacks 7 years ago transformed i…

How do nicotine-free e-cigarettes affect blood vessels?
 

How do nicotine-free e-cigarettes affect blood vessels?

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New research examines the effects of a few puffs of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes on endothelial function, a measure of blood vessel health. As more and more people are trying to quit smoking, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are gaining popularit…

Antibiotics and bowel cancer: Study finds link
 

Antibiotics and bowel cancer: Study finds link

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A recent study looking for a link between antibiotics and cancer risk uncovers a complex relationship. The researchers conclude that there is an association between antibiotic use and an increase in colon cancer risk, but a decrease in rectal cancer risk. Wi…

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