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Pharmacists can play an important role in managing your health, and managing your health is not just about taking your medication.

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

When people use tobacco products, some of the nicotine stays in their system after they quit smoking. Medical tests can detect nicotine in people's urine, blood, saliva, hair, and nails.Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco, cigarettes, and vapes or...

Can you withdraw from opiate addiction at home?

If a person has abused pain treatment medication or heroin for some time, they will have withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking these drugs. If someone wants to withdraw from them at home, there are some potential remedies they can try to help relieve the...

Diabetes: Switching to common drugs raises risk of complications

A new study, published in the journal BMJ, finds that switching to a class of drugs called sulfonylureas could raise the risk of complications for people living with type 2 diabetes.New research shows that switching to sulfonylureas, a common class of antidiabetic...

Rapid increase in deaths due to alcohol-related liver disease

A new study identifies a worrying trend: deaths due to cirrhosis, or liver disease, as a result of alcohol consumption are on the rise across the United States.Deaths due to liver disease are on the rise in the U.S., and researchers warn that alcohol use is to blame....

Can you have a miscarriage without bleeding?

Most of the time, bleeding is the first sign of a miscarriage. However, a miscarriage can occur without bleeding, or other symptoms may appear first.Many women prefer the term pregnancy loss to miscarriage. Pregnancy loss is most common within the first weeks of...

How to stop shivering

People usually shiver to warm up when they are cold. However, there are other causes of shivering, some of which may signify an underlying health problem.When people are cold, the muscles in their body will contract and relax rapidly to generate heat. This causes part...

The effects of anxiety on the body

Anxiety can impact physical and mental health. There are short- and long-term effects on both the mind and body.While many people know about the effects of anxiety on mental health, fewer people are aware of the physical side effects, which can include digestive...

Could beef jerky contribute to manic episodes?

Manic episodes usually occur as part of a mood disorder known as bipolar disorder, characterized by swings between opposite moods: feeling extremely "high" (mania) or feeling very "low" (depression).Does eating beef jerky and other processed meats contribute to manic...

Do omega-3 supplements really benefit the heart?

Every day, millions of people from all over the world take fish oil supplements in the hope that they will protect them from heart disease. But do these golden capsules really work? A large systematic review investigates.Should we believe the hype around these little...

What does it mean when your poop is stringy?

Stringy poop is when stool appears thin or narrow, often resembling strips of ribbon. Doctors may link it to temporary, nonserious causes, such as poor diet, or it could be a sign of an underlying condition or disease.While it is natural for stool to vary in...

Is eating tilapia fish safe and healthful?

Tilapia is an easy-to-prepare and relatively inexpensive fish that many people enjoy eating. However, some reports on tilapia farming practices have led to people worrying about whether or not the fish is safe to eat.In this article, we answer some of the common...

How to cope with a depressive episode

A depressive episode in the context of a major depressive disorder is a period characterized by low mood and other depression symptoms that lasts for 2 weeks or more. When experiencing a depressive episode, a person can try to make changes to their thoughts and...

How to cope with a depressive episode

A depressive episode in the context of a major depressive disorder is a period characterized by low mood and other depression symptoms that lasts for 2 weeks or more. When experiencing a depressive episode, a person can try to make changes to their thoughts and...

What happens when you get an adrenaline rush?

An adrenaline rush is one of the body's vital defense mechanisms. A stressful situation will trigger the release of the hormone adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, into the bloodstream.The production of adrenaline occurs in the adrenal glands, which sit above the...

E-counseling can lower blood pressure, heart disease risk

A new study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, has found that virtual counseling can significantly improve the lives of people with high blood pressure.Watching motivational videos on how to keep your blood pressure in check could...

What to do if a baby has an allergic reaction

A baby can have an allergic reaction for a variety of reasons. An allergic reaction occurs when the body has an adverse response to a usually harmless substance, such as a soap or a specific food.Babies have sensitive skin, which makes them more likely than adults to...

Large study reviews the cardiovascular benefits of walnuts

In recent years, studies have started pointing to nuts as a way to boost heart health, but most of them were observational with a limited sample size. Now, a systematic review of clinical trials spanning 25 years has confirmed that when it comes to cardiovascular...

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