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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.

Stress-regulating brain area larger in depression, bipolar

The left side of the hypothalamus was revealed to be 5 percent larger in a new study of people with affective disorders such as depression and bipolar.New research emphasizes the role of the hypothalamus (depicted here) in depression and bipolar disorder. Over 16...

The Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk, too

In the largest study of its type, scientists conclude that adhering to the Mediterranean diet might reduce the risk of stroke. The benefits are particularly pronounced for women over 40.Is reducing stroke risk another benefit of the Mediterranean diet? When it comes...

How to identify a chlorine rash

The chlorine in swimming pools can cause a rash in some people. Chlorine rash may be confused with swimmer's itch or heat rash.Chlorine rashes happen after exposure to the chemical. It is not possible to be allergic to chlorine, but one person's skin may be more...

How to identify a chlorine rash

The chlorine in swimming pools can cause a rash in some people. Chlorine rash may be confused with swimmer's itch or heat rash.Chlorine rashes happen after exposure to the chemical. It is not possible to be allergic to chlorine, but one person's skin may be more...

Inflammation keeps heart attack and stroke at bay

Scientists have discovered that, as far as arteries are concerned, inflammation can be both good and bad. In its well-known bad role, it can aid atherosclerosis, the plaque-forming process that clogs up arteries and raises the risk of heart attacks and...

How cannabinoid drugs affect the experience of pain

A first-of-its-kind meta-analysis of existing research has reviewed the effects of cannabinoid drugs on the experience of pain.Cannabis-derived drugs may help treat pain, but the mechanisms behind their benefits may come as a surprise. The Centers for Disease Control...

High-fiber foods for a healthful diet

When a person includes high-fiber foods in their diet, it has many benefits, such as keeping the gut healthy, boosting heart health, and promoting weight loss.According to the most up-to-date Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the adequate intake (AI) of fiber for...

Can people with type 2 diabetes stop taking metformin?

Metformin is generally a safe and effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. However, it can cause side effects, and some people may prefer to manage the condition through lifestyle and dietary changes.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body's cells stop responding to...

Stroke severity reduced in those who walk regularly

New research supports the idea that light to moderate physical activity, such as walking and swimming, could reduce the severity of strokes.Activities such as walking and swimming can reduce stroke severity. A study of nearly 1,000 individuals who had had a stroke...

Electrical brain stimulation to boost creativity: What are the risks?

Transcranial electrical stimulation is increasingly being used to boost creativity. A new article reviews the ethical, legal, and social implications of this phenomenon.Electricity can be used to give our brains the 'lightbulb' moment. Creativity might seem like too...

Can a heart treatment lower depression and anxiety?

Many people who have atrial fibrillation experience symptoms of mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Do particular treatments for this condition help resolve such symptoms? A new study suggests they might.A-fib is tied to psychological distress, but one...

How to give an intramuscular injection

An intramuscular injection delivers medication into a muscle. Doctors frequently use intramuscular injections to administer vaccines and certain other drugs.People with specific conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, may need to give...

Non-insulin drugs for treating type 2 diabetes

Some people with type 2 diabetes need to regularly inject themselves with insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Many others can manage the condition with lifestyle and dietary changes alone or in combination with oral or other injectable medications.According...

How does RA affect different parts of the body?

People feel the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in their joints. However, this condition can also affect many other parts of the body, including the eyes, lungs, and heart.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes a person's immune system to mistakenly attack healthy...

High blood pressure breakthrough: Over 500 genes uncovered

The "largest genetic association study of blood pressure traits" to date has studied over 1 million people and found 535 new genetic loci linked with the condition. This finding may help predict the risk of high blood pressure and identify better treatments.DNA plays...

Study overturns what we know about kidney stones

Current treatments for kidney stones are limited and sometimes painful. Research is changing what we thought we knew about their composition and behavior, suggesting that one day, we may fully dissolve them "right in the patient's...

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