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What are the best foods to eat for energy?

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Heart Health


All food provides the body with energy, but this energy can vary greatly. Some foods, such as sugars and refined carbs, give the body a quick jolt of energy. However, more often, the body needs more sustainable energy from ingredients such as fruits, grains, and legumes.

The list we give here focuses on foods and drinks that provide more stable energy throughout the day.

Drinks

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Excess belly fat common in those with high heart risk

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Heart Health


Excess waist fat is common in many people with a high risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a recent European study.
New research finds that two-thirds of people at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease have excess belly fat.

The study, called EUROASPIRE V, is a survey of cardiovascular disease prevention and diabetes. It forms part of a European Society of Cardiology research program.

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What are the benefits of glutathione?

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that has gained a lot of attention for its purported health benefits. But what is glutathione, and does it actually affect the body?

Some people swear by its anti-aging properties, while others say that it can treat autism, increase fat metabolism, and even prevent cancer.

Read on for more information about this antioxidant and what the research says about its effectiveness.

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Who is most likely to experience 'hangxiety?'

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Addiction


New research has found that very shy people are more likely to have anxiety, possibly at debilitating levels, during a hangover. The findings also suggest that for these people, “hangxiety” might signal a higher risk of alcohol dependence.
Some people may experience debilitating anxiety after a night of heavy drinking.

Alcohol use disorder (AUD), a chronic condition, is characterized by a person’s inability to “stop or control alcohol use despite

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How to identify baby acne vs. a rash

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Your Skin


Baby acne is common and usually clears up on its own. Some rashes may need treatment, however, so it is important to know the difference between baby acne, rashes, and other skin problems.

Babies have very sensitive skin, so caregivers may worry that spots or a rash are a sign of an allergic reaction or a health condition.

In this article,

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What too much sleep can do to your health

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Heart Health


New research finds that both insufficient and excessive sleep may raise the risk of cardiovascular problems and premature death.
New research finds that sleeping too much can raise the risk of early death and cardiovascular problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that a third of the United States population does not get enough sleep.

The CDC also warn that sleep deprivation raises

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What are the benefits of seaweed?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

Seaweed grows in or near salty waters. There are several types, and they generally contain many healthful minerals that are easy for the body to break down. Adding seaweed to the diet may help with thyroid function, digestive health, and weight loss.

Types of seaweed include:

nori kelp wakame kombu dulse blue-green algae, such as spirulina and chlorella

This variety can make it easy to incorporate seaweed into different recipes. It

What foods protect the liver?

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Heart Health


The liver is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates, making glucose, and detoxing the body. It also stores nutrients and creates bile, which is necessary to digest and absorb the nutrients in food properly. There are many foods and drinks that a person can consume to help protect the liver.

Liver health is vital for overall health. Liver dysfunction can lead to liver disease, metabolic disorder, and

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What's the difference between Valium and Xanax?

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Stress and Anxiety


Valium and Xanax have uses in treating anxiety. Both are in a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which are sedatives. However, there are key differences in side effects and drug interactions. Here, we explore how these drugs work and compare their effects.

Valium and Xanax are brand names for two types of medication for anxiety. The generic name for Valium is diazepam. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam.

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What are the benefits of bone broth?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

Bone broth is a liquid containing brewed bones and connective tissues. To make bone broth, people use cow, chicken, and even fish bones. Drinking bone broth may be beneficial for the joints and digestive system, among other things.

The bones and tissues of many types of animal may make good bone broth. Bone broth also contains other important nutrients, especially minerals, derived from these tissues. This may make bone broth a

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

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Stress and Anxiety


A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.”
New research analyzes the brain scans of almost 500 people to unravel the brain mechanisms in OCD.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects more than 2 million adults in the United

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Can drinking alcohol lead to prostate cancer?

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Addiction


Some scientists have identified possible links between alcohol intake and the risk of prostate cancer. However, more research is necessary to determine how drinking alcohol and prostate cancer might correlate.

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, and it sits just below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, which is a tube that carries urine out of the body, and helps make semen.

Other than skin cancer, prostate

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Is the ketogenic diet good for multiple sclerosis?

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Nutrition


Food.  Natures medicine.  Natures bane.  Know the difference.

Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the nervous system, and some people believe that a ketogenic diet may slow the progression of the disease or control its symptoms. The ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrate, moderate in protein, and high in fat. There is currently not enough evidence to recommend it for everyone with multiple sclerosis.

Proponents of the ketogenic diet believe that it can help people lose weight and

Media Advisory – First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 4-6 in Ottawa, Ontario

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First Nation News


Media Advisory – First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 4-6 in Ottawa, Ontario

Media Advisory – First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 4-6 in Ottawa, Ontario

OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2018  – Hundreds of First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and other delegates are set to gather December 4-6, 2018 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) taking place at the Westin Hotel on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

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Bipolar Disorders


“She has blue eyes.” That was the first thing my dad said about me when I was born. He had blue eyes. It deeply saddens me to think that he was already looking for something that we had in common from the first moment he saw me.
My thoughts would race from one thing to another.

All babies have blue eyes at birth, but mine turned

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Are statins overprescribed for cardiovascular disease prevention?

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Heart Health


For millions of people who take statins to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, the potential harms of the cholesterol-lowering medication may outweigh the benefits.
Statins may be ‘significantly overprescribed’ for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, suggests a new study.

So concludes a recent modeling study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland that questions whether statins are “significantly overprescribed.”

The research, which features in

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These 10 essential oils can kill persistent Lyme disease

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Bites & Stings


Research just published in the journal Antibiotics shows that a range of essential oils can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease.
Some essential oils have strong antibacterial properties.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is transmitted to humans by ticks.

In the United States, Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne infectious disease, with about 30,000 cases

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HIV and AIDS: A timeline and history

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Your Health


The history of AIDS and HIV was initially shrouded in misunderstanding and fear. Now, thanks to decades of research and medical advances, we know much more about the virus and how to treat it.

This article will cover the primary topics in the history of HIV, from its beginnings to the latest research today.

Origins
Research into the origins of AIDS and

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Insomnia: Light pollution and sleeping pill use may be linked

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Your Health


New research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggests that nighttime exposure to artificial outdoor light, known as light pollution, may raise the risk of insomnia.
A new study suggests that exposure to light pollution may cause an increase in sleeping pill use.

Short-term insomnia affects approximately 30 percent of adults in the United States.

A further 10 percent of people in

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This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction

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Addiction


New research conducted in mice identifies a neural pathway crucial to both depression and addiction. Can we treat these problems by simply manipulating this pathway?
Can we influence brain circuitry to treat depression and addiction?

The pleasure and reward system is one of the most important systems governed by the brain.

It spurs us to enjoy the activities that have contributed to our survival as a species, such as eating,

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Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

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Stress and Anxiety


Fairy lights are gracing the shop windows and Michael Bublé is dominating the airwaves with his rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” The holiday season is well and truly in full swing.
Taking some time for yourself can do wonders for easing holiday stress.

“Are you all set for the holidays?”

I’ve been asked this question three times this week — a classic example of festive chitchat in the United Kingdom.

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Exercise may prevent heart attacks in otherwise healthy people

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Your Health


New research published in the European Heart Journal suggests that even people with no signs of cardiovascular disease should exercise to prevent a heart attack. Cardiorespiratory fitness can be a predictor of future problems, warn the researchers.
Even fit and healthy people should exercise regularly to keep heart disease at bay.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among men and women

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How to make saline solution

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Your Health


It is possible to make saline solution at home by mixing together certain amounts of salt and water.

When prepared correctly, homemade saline solution is similar to distilled water. For this reason, it is safe to use in the nose as a sinus rinse and as an eye rinse. A person can also use saline solution to rinse contact lenses, piercings, and cuts

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Gun ownership and dementia: A growing concern

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Your Health


A recent article raises important questions about the prevalence of firearms in the aging population of the United States. The authors argue that there is a vital need to discuss the relationship between dementia and guns.
A recent article investigates the issue of gun ownership in an aging population.

Gun ownership is a controversial topic, and people are sure to continue debating it

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What are the best substitutes for heavy cream?

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Cholesterol


Everybody has cholesterol.  Your body needs it and not all cholesterol is bad.  Not only can diet and lifestyle impact your cholesterol level, but research is showing that your genetics can play a role as well.

Heavy cream is a popular dairy ingredient that adds richness, flavor, and body to many dishes, including soups, desserts, and casseroles. Some people are unable to use heavy cream, but they can try various substitutes instead.

In a pinch, people can replace heavy cream for a mixture of milk and butter. People who are unable to eat dairy or high-cholesterol foods can use substitutes, such as non-dairy butters, coconut cream, or pureed tofu.

Among those who may not be able

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What is a normal body temperature range?

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Your Health


Normal body temperatures vary depending on many factors, including a person’s age, sex, and activity levels.

The normal body temperature for an adult is around 98.6°F (37°C), but every person’s baseline body temperature is slightly different, and may consistently be a little higher or lower.

In this article, we discuss the normal ranges of temperature for adults, children, and babies. We also consider

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Does diabetes cause hair loss?

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Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes can cause a range of symptoms and health issues, including hair loss. However, good blood sugar control may help reverse the effects of hair loss.

Hair loss is a natural part of the hair’s life cycle. As hair reaches the final stage of the cycle, it will fall out. A new hair will typically grow from the same hair follicle to replace it. At times

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Is melatonin safe for children?

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Some research suggests that melatonin can help treat children with sleeping difficulties. However, it is best to try lifestyle changes or speak to a doctor before giving melatonin to a child.

Sleep plays an essential role in overall health and well-being. Sleep is especially important for children as their bodies and brains are still growing and developing.

Melatonin supplements are a popular treatment for children who

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Study finds 5 types of alcohol use disorder that vary with age

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Addiction


New research reveals five types of excessive drinking and shows which type is more prevalent at certain ages.
According to new research, there are five types of problematic drinking.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 16 million individuals living in the United States have alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Experts describe AUD as a “chronic relapsing brain disease” where a person drinks compulsively, often to the point of

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COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

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Stress and Anxiety


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety.
People with COPD-related anxiety would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a new trial finds.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 million people died from causes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) worldwide in

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What causes purple feet?

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Purple or blue feet may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Some possible causes of foot discoloration include injuries, Raynaud’s disease, peripheral arterial disease, and frostbite.

Skin can become blue or purple due to bruising, but this color change can also indicate that not enough oxygen-rich blood is reaching the area. The feet are particularly prone to discoloration as they are further away from the heart.

Temporary changes in skin color can be harmless, but persistent or reoccurring discoloration in the feet might signify

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Implants 'made of your own cells' could end back pain

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Aches & Pain


Back and neck pain are often the result of the progressive damage of the discs that separate the spinal vertebrae. Thanks to new multidisciplinary research, we may soon have a better solution to this problem: bioengineered discs grown out of a person’s own cells.
Will researchers be able to create new spinal discs from stem cells?

Intervertebral disc degeneration is a common problem that affects a

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Type 2 diabetes: How do fructose-sweetened drinks affect risk?

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Type 2 Diabetes


A new review of existing studies published in The BMJ finds that sugary drinks that contain fructose raise the risk of type 2 diabetes more than other fructose-containing foods.
New research finds that ‘nutrient-poor’ sweetened drinks have a harmful effect on metabolic health when they add excess energy.

A range of recent studies has pointed out the potential health risks of sugary drinks. Studies have confirmed

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Hypnotherapy can help manage IBS symptoms

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Digestion


"Oooh, my stomach hurts". Sometimes it's just gas, and sometimes, well, it's not.  Often people check the internet to avoid asking embarrassing questions.  Reading about the possible causes of your digestive symptoms is just the start.  Ask your healthcare provider if your symptoms persist, and don't be embarrassed - because they aren't.  

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that affects many people across the world. Due to symptoms such as abdominal pain, this disorder can have a big impact on life quality. New research, however, reveals that hypnotherapy can improve life for those with the condition.
Can hypnotherapy truly relieve IBS symptoms?.

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can experience symptoms such as abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements to various degrees of severity, and they can also face mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Some common approaches to managing IBS are by carefully controlling one’s diet, improving one’s

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Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

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Stress and Anxiety


Passionflower is a variety of exotic vine flower with curly purple or blue tentacle-like petals. One variety of passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, may help treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

In this article, learn about the possible benefits of passionflower supplements, as well as what the research says about its effectiveness.

What is passionflower?
Passionflower supplements are available in some health food stores.

Passionflower grows throughout South America and some

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Is peanut butter good for you?

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Peanut butter is a firm favorite among adults and children alike. Although tasty, many people wonder about the health benefits of peanut butter.

Peanuts and peanut butter contain nutrients that may boost a person’s heart health and improve blood sugar levels.

Depending on how people use peanut butter in their diet, it can help them lose weight, or put on pounds during weight training or bodybuilding.

However, peanut butter is high in calories and fat, so people should enjoy it in moderation.

In this article, we

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Who discovered insulin?

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Type 2 Diabetes


Insulin is central to the treatment of diabetes, as all types of diabetes occur due to the body’s inability to use blood sugar efficiently as a result of insufficient, ineffective, or nonexistent insulin supplies.

The innovative scientists who discovered insulin won a Nobel prize, but the discovery also caused controversy.

The discovery of insulin occurred in 1921 following the ideas of a Canadian orthopedic surgeon named

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AFN National Chief Says Fall Fiscal Update Underscores Need for Sustained Investment to Close the Gap and will Flag Priorities at First Ministers Meeting

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First Nation News


AFN National Chief Says Fall Fiscal Update Underscores Need for Sustained Investment to Close the Gap and will Flag Priorities at First Ministers Meeting

November 22, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) – Following yesterday’s Fall Fiscal Update released by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says commitments and investments in First Nations priorities show progress, but much more needs to be done to build stronger First Nations for a stronger Canada.

“It’s positive to see targeted investments for First Nations and First Nations children, our most valuable resource,” said AFN National Chief Perry

What is the difference between IBS and IBD?

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Digestion


"Oooh, my stomach hurts". Sometimes it's just gas, and sometimes, well, it's not.  Often people check the internet to avoid asking embarrassing questions.  Reading about the possible causes of your digestive symptoms is just the start.  Ask your healthcare provider if your symptoms persist, and don't be embarrassed - because they aren't.  

Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome can both cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel disease is the term for a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the digestive tract, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

While the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be similar, these conditions have different causes and treatments.

In this article, we look at the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of IBD and IBS, as well as the outlook for people with these conditions.

What is IBD?
IBD can cause irregular or painful bowel movements.

IBD

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What are the best sleeping pills?

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Many people take sleeping pills to get much-needed rest.

Sleeping pills may be sedatives or hypnotics, and they come in many forms. People can choose natural, prescription, or over-the-counter pills.

This article will describe the types of sleeping pills, then look at their uses and safety profiles.

Which sleeping pill is right for me?
A person can take a sleeping pill as a short-term solution

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Sweet options for people with diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes


One of the most challenging types of food for people with diabetes to find is dessert. Doctors will generally encourage people with diabetes to avoid sugars and carbohydrates. However, by making some simple nutritional changes, it is possible for people with diabetes to enjoy desserts.

Desserts can be full of sugar and other simple carbohydrates, and they often offer minimal or no nutritional value.

In this

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Milk of magnesia: What you need to know

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Constipation


Milk of magnesia is a standard, effective treatment for constipation. People can buy it from drug stores without a prescription.

This article will explain what it is and how to use it, along with common side effects.

What is milk of magnesia?
Milk of magnesia can relieve constipation and ease heartburn and indigestion.

Milk of magnesia contains magnesium, which is a naturally occurring mineral. The

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As always, "Dr. Google" is no replacement for your Doctors, Nurse Practitioners & Pharmacists. Learn the basics on the internet so you can have an educated discussion with your Healthcare provider.

An overview of insulin

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Type 2 Diabetes


Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for allowing glucose in the blood to enter cells, providing them with the energy to function. A lack of effective insulin plays a key role in the development of diabetes.

Hormones are chemical messengers that instruct certain cells or tissues to act in a certain way that supports a particular function in the body.

Insulin is essential for staying

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Magnesium sulfate for asthma treatment

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Asthma is a long-term lung disease with no cure, but a range of treatments exists. If very severe symptoms do not respond to other medications, a doctor may administer magnesium sulfate.

Asthma is a common condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, asthma affects around 20.4 million adults and 6.1 million children in the country.

Asthma causes inflammation in the airways, or bronchial tubes, which move air in and out of the lungs. The inflammation triggers the body to produce excess mucus. The presence of mucus can restrict the flow of air

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Study investigates how MDMA affects cooperation and trust

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Addiction


The drug MDMA makes people more cooperative toward those they trust, according to new research. The finding offers new insights into how MDMA could aid the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
MDMA or ecstasy pills may have an unexpected effect on your brain, a new study suggests.

Commonly known as ecstasy or Molly, MDMA is a synthetic compound that alters perception and mood by changing brain chemistry.

The recent study

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What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?

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Your Skin


Humans have used flaxseed oil for thousands of years, and it has a variety of health benefits. Manufacturers extract flaxseed oil from flaxseeds. People can use the oil in cooking and baking.

In this article, learn about the health benefits of flaxseed oil, including reduced cholesterol, fewer skin problems, and decreased inflammation.

We also cover the possible risks of using flaxseed

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Why a low-gluten diet may benefit everyone

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Your Health


New research, published in the journal Nature Communications, finds that a diet low in gluten may also benefit the health of people who are not allergic to it. However, the benefits are not down to the mere absence of gluten.
A low-gluten diet may have unexpected health benefits, provided that it also contains high-quality fiber.

People living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance

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Alpha-lipoic acid: Everything you need to know

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an organic compound in the body that acts as a potent antioxidant. It may have several health benefits.

While the body produces alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) naturally, a person can boost their levels by making suitable dietary choices, taking supplements, or both.

Supplementing with ALA is becoming increasingly popular, as some people believe that it may help with weight loss, diabetes, memory loss, skin health, and other health conditions.

In this article, learn about its effectiveness, possible benefits, and side effects.

What is ALA?
People can increase their ALA levels by taking supplements.

ALA is present within

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What are the early symptoms of COPD?

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Asthma


Managing asthma is about focusing your energies on preventing attacks.  Doing nothing and then trying to control attacks with rescue medication may be penny wise but pound foolish.  Did you know Many Pharmacists are also asthma educators.  Call your pharmacist to find out more.

Early symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, frequent respiratory infections, and wheezing. COPD does not have a cure, but people who recognize the initial symptoms can often get an early diagnosis and make changes to slow its progression.

COPD is a group of conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. People may mistake the early symptoms of COPD as being due to other medical conditions or to aging.

In this article, we explain how to recognize early-stage COPD and look at some conditions that may

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Blood pressure medications: Everything you need to know

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Pharmacy and Medication


Know your medicine and arm yourself with information about your prescription therapy to ensure effective treatment, keep you safe, and help you to be aware of potential problems.  Your Pharmacist is also an excellent medication consultant, if you have questions your Pharmacist is only a phone call away.

Medications for high blood pressure are vital for helping to prevent a range of complications, including heart disease and stroke.

This article outlines the various blood pressure medications along with their associated side effects and risks.

Diuretics
Blood pressure medications may cause different side effects.

Excess salt can cause a buildup of fluid within the blood vessels, which raises blood pressure. Diuretics help the body eliminate excess salt and water by increasing urine output.

Possible side effects of diuretics include:

weakness dizziness or light-headedness heightened sensitivity to sunlight rashes muscle cramps vomiting diarrhea constipation low blood pressure electrolyte imbalances

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What causes lightheadedness?

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Stress and Anxiety


Lightheadedness is a feeling of faintness, dizziness, or being close to passing out. It can occur alongside vertigo, which affects balance and makes a person feel as though they or their surroundings are spinning. Although lightheadedness and vertigo can feel similar, they have different causes.

Experiencing some episodes of lightheadedness is normal. In most cases, these episodes will pass quickly, especially if a person sits or lies down to

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Natural antibiotic strips bacteria of their defenses

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Your Health


New research finds that an insect-derived antibiotic can destroy the protective membrane of some of the most prevalent drug-resistant bacteria. This could pave the way for a new class of antibiotics that could help tackle the current drug resistance crisis.
A natural antibiotic can tackle E. coli (depicted here).

In the United States, antibiotic resistance causes over 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths

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What are the possible complications of psoriasis?

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Type 2 Diabetes


Psoriasis is a life-long, autoimmune inflammatory disease. It often appears as a skin condition, but it is a systemic condition that can affect many parts of the body.

Not only are there are different types of psoriasis, but it is also a complex condition.

As scientists learn more about inflammatory conditions and how they affect people, they are also establishing more links between conditions that have

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What to know about hyperglycemia

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Hyperglycemia refers to high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the blood. It occurs when the body does not produce or use enough insulin, which is a hormone that absorbs glucose into cells for use as energy.

High blood sugar is a leading indicator of diabetes. If a person with diabetes does not manage the sugar levels in their blood, they can develop a severe complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

If a person does not get treatment for ketoacidosis, they can fall into a diabetic coma,

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9 healthful substitutes for butter

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Cholesterol


Everybody has cholesterol.  Your body needs it and not all cholesterol is bad.  Not only can diet and lifestyle impact your cholesterol level, but research is showing that your genetics can play a role as well.

Butter is a dairy product that people can make from churned milk or cream. However, for people who cannot or choose not to consume butter, there are many alternatives.

The process of churning milk or cream separates the milk fat from the liquid. The remaining fat becomes the butter.

However, some people choose to avoid butter for reasons including:

its high saturated fat content they have an intolerance to casein, the main protein in milk products they have a lactose

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How to respond to chlorine poisoning

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Your Health


A wide range of industrial and household products contain chlorine. Although these products are safe when handled correctly, chlorine is poisonous and swallowing or inhaling it can cause harm.

Chlorine poisoning is a medical emergency. If a person swallows or inhales a chlorine-based product and shows symptoms of poisoning, contact the emergency services or go to the hospital immediately. In the United States,

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Hot baths reduce inflammation, improve glucose metabolism

According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.
Hot bath
The list of health benefits associated with hot baths keeps growing.

Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing attention from scientists.

Scientists now believe they offer some potential benefits, including improved vascular function and sleep.

Because hot baths are low cost and unlikely to cause significant side effects, understanding any benefits that a hot bath might have could be a quick win for medical science.

Recently, researchers set out to understand whether hot bath immersion could have an impact on metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.

Almost 20 years ago, a paper concluded that hot water immersion of individuals with type 2 diabetes enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, it is still unclear how this might occur.

In the most recent study, the researchers dug a little deeper into the mechanisms at work. They theorized that the influence of a hot bath over glucose metabolism might revolve around the inflammatory response.

Inflammation and insulin resistance

There is some evidence that chronic, low-level inflammation increases insulin resistance. In other words, inflammation reduces a cell’s ability to respond to insulin, potentially contributing to the development of diabetes.

Conversely, exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity — meaning that the body has better control over glucose levels.

Although doctors often recommend exercise to reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, not everyone can exercise — perhaps due to health conditions or physical capacity. It is, therefore, essential to find alternative ways to improve insulin sensitivity for these people.

Exercise, as with other physical stressors, sparks a brief inflammatory response, followed by a more extended anti-inflammatory response. The researchers wanted to see if a different type of physical stressor — a hot bath — might have a similar effect on the immune system.

For this study, the researchers investigated the impact of a hot bath on overweight, mostly sedentary men. The findings were published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Hot bath intervention

Each participant immersed themselves in a water bath set at 102°F (39°C) for 1 hour. Scientists took blood just before and after the bath, and then 2 hours later.

Also, the researchers charted the participants’ blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.

Over the following 2 weeks, the participants had a further 10 hot water immersions.

The researchers found that a single hot water immersion caused a spike of interleukin — a marker of inflammation. Similarly, there was an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production.

The spike in NO is important because it causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure. NO also improves glucose intake into tissues, and scientists think it has anti-inflammatory properties.

As expected, the 2-week intervention saw a reduction in fasting blood sugar and inflammation. In the same way that exercise influences inflammation, the researchers saw an initial increase followed by a long-term decrease in inflammation.

The authors conclude:

[Hot-water immersion may] improve aspects of the inflammatory profile and enhance glucose metabolism in sedentary, overweight males.”

The researchers also write that it “might have implications for improving metabolic health in populations unable to meet the current physical activity recommendations.”

It is important to note that the people who took part in the study did report some discomfort. This was either due to the length of time that they were required to stay in the bath or the high temperature. Future research might investigate whether shorter periods or lower temperatures might have similar benefits.

Of course, hot baths alone cannot treat metabolic disorders, but they may be a simple, cost-effective intervention that can run alongside other treatments.

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