Imaging study provides new biological insights on functional neurological disorder

BOSTON — Individuals with functional neurological disorder (FND) have symptoms not explained by traditional neurological conditions, including limb weakness, tremor, gait abnormalities, seizures and sensory deficits. New research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in Psychological Medicine has uncovered pathways in the brain’s white matter that may be altered in patients…

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Simulating amino acid starvation may improve dengue vaccines

Eating a low-calorie diet can help you live longer and prevent age-related diseases — and even improve the immune system’s function. A new study finds that, in mice, a compound used in herbal medicine can give a similar immune boost if given before vaccination — no dieting required. In a new paper in Science Signaling,…

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Study pinpoints possible cause of noise-related blood vessel damage, heart disease

BOSTON — Long-term exposure to environmental noise — think planes, trains, and automobiles — has been linked in multiple studies to adverse health effects such as poor sleep, psychiatric disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the mechanisms linking noise to such diseases has not been well understood. Now, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)…

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Aerobic exercise and heart-healthy diet may slow development of memory problems

Cognitive impairment without dementia (CIND), or mild cognitive impairment, is a condition that affects your memory and may put you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the U.S. National Library for Medicine, signs of mild cognitive impairment may include frequently losing things, forgetting to go to events and appointments, and having more…

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How Not to Feel Dead Tired This Winter

I grew up in New England, so you’d think I’d be used to winter by now. But after wearing dozens of puffy coats thin over my lifetime, that’s not the case: I hate the relentless chill, the heavy boots, the darkness. It’s enough to make anyone want to curl up under a blanket and snooze…

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Medical News Today: Chronic Lyme disease: Everything you need to know

Lyme disease comes from a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks, most commonly the deer tick, spread Lyme disease. Doctors usually treat the infection with antibiotics. With treatment, Lyme disease typically clears up quickly for most people. However, some people continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease following their treatment. Doctors refer to this as chronic…

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Medical News Today: Vitamins for constipation: Do they work?

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Increasing dietary fiber and taking over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives are conventional treatments for constipation, but some people also choose to take supplements. Constipation is a common medical problem. In the United States, people make 2.5 million visits…

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How Jell-O Molds Claimed Their Spot on the American Table

Here is the story of my first, traumatic encounter with a Jell-O mold. I ate Jell-O, of course — it was the first thing I learned to “cook,” in a dedicated set of Tupperware bowls. Its bright primary colors sparkled in glass coupes at every coffee shop in the city, and it had a taste…

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Like the Milkman, This Distiller Refills the Empties

The demand for a no-waste lifestyle has led a distiller, Jack Rabbit Hill Farm in Hotchkiss, Colo., to come up with a clever way to minimize trash. Not content with having the empties of its MEll vodka hauled away from the bars and restaurants, where most of it is sold, the company picks them up…

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