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Bioelectric implants used banish lupus pain

Bioelectric implants used banish lupus pain

Doctors at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY may have come up with an innovative way to “banish” the debilitating pain caused by lupus, by implanting a small bioelectric device into the neck to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus (actually a pair of nerves that is generally referred to in the singular) is the longest nerve …

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spinal muscular - FDA short-tracks long needed treatment for muscle-wasting disease

FDA short-tracks long needed treatment for muscle-wasting disease

People afflicted with Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), received a special Christmas present from the FDA last week, which approved the use of a new drug Nusinersen (trade name Spinraza) to treat the muscle wasting disorder. SMA is caused by am an inherited genetic defect in the SMN1 gene, which encodes a protein necessary for “survival” of motor neurons. Without the …

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Making the most of maca

Making the most of maca

While 2013 was declared the “International Year of Quinoa” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, many of the world’s top dieticians are looking to make another ancient Andean crop, maca (aka Peruvian ginseng) seems destined to become one of biggest healthy food trends for 2017. In the meantime, powdered maca has been gaining ground in stores …

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Pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer

Pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer?

Although you may eat right, exercise and do all the things recommended to ensure a healthy lifestyle, diseases such as cancer can still sneak up on you, despite regular yearly screenings meant to catch them before they take hold. In fact The American Cancer Society notes that many forms of the disease can be hard to detect depending on the …

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Loss of lung function linked to menopause

Loss of lung function linked to menopause

Menopause is a right of passage all adult women face as they grow older, something as inevitable as “death and taxes/” However, not all women experience the “change of life” in the same way. While some women endure extreme symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression and anxiety as well as loss of libido and vaginal dryness, …

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Niacin Benefits

Niacin Benefits

Health Benefits of Niacin A strong health requires a healthy lifestyle. This means paying attention to various aspects and habits, from the food we eat to the amount of water we drink and the sports activities we go for. Vitamins and minerals play an important role in supporting one’s health and vitamin and mineral deficiencies will lead to various symptoms …

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Casting out tonsil stones

Casting out tonsil stones

The stone cold fact is that tonsil stones (aka tonsilloliths) have absolutely no connection to cancer, so you can (literally) swallow your fear. In fact, they are nothing more than calcified deposits of food debris caught in the crevices your tonsils, where bacteria, dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. They can also occur due to a build-up of minerals …

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Cancer treatments and heart health

Cancer treatments and heart health

Side effects from chemotherapy treatments such as hair loss and ringing in the ears to memory deficits (known as chemo brain) have long been documented. However, more and more specialists are becoming concerned with its effects on patients’ heart health, especially the development of heart failure due to the chemicals used. These include anthracycline drugs as well as advanced biological …

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An overview of ovaries

An overview of ovaries

Most women give little thought to their ovaries when they are not menstruating, unless, if course, they are trying to get pregnant. And while they may be aware of the fact that these organs produce eggs and estrogen (making them primarily responsible for their development from girl to woman), most females are unaware of just how important they are in …

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Zika stripped of emergency status

Zika stripped of emergency status

Although most people were shocked to learn that WHO (World Health Organization) has removed Zika’s “emergency” status, the United Nations agency stated that the action was simply part of the realization that Zika is “here to stay” and not downgrade the seriousness of the global threat it maintains. Zika was first declared a “Public Health Emergency” last February when the …

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