Exercise may fight depression in older adults, study suggests

Rockville, Md. (January 31, 2019)—New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology. Exercise increases the expression of certain proteins (transcription factors) that help regulate gene expression and the processing (metabolism) of tryptophan in the body.…

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New treatment target emerging for retinal damage

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2019) — Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are looking at new treatment targets for the retinal damage that often accompanies diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension. Characterized by damage to the blood vessels, those diseases often lead to ischemia — or a disruption of the blood…

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Cultural practices improve health care for Indigenous women living with violence

IMAGE: The study highlights the importance of a holistic approach towards healing for Indigenous survivors of intimate partner violence, said study co-author Roberta Price, an elder from the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw… view more  The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural…

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The Scrappy Brooklyn Restaurant That Forever Changed New York’s Food Scene

If you’re a New Yorker with disposable income and a fondness for restaurants, you’ve likely done one of the following things: eaten a locally sourced carrot; purchased New York-raised cuts of meat at a small neighborhood shop; had dinner in Williamsburg; listened to a server rattle off the provenance of each component of your dish;…

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Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about convulsions

A convulsion is a general term that people use to describe uncontrollable muscle contractions. Some people may use it interchangeably with the word «seizure,» although a seizure refers to an electrical disturbance in the brain. Seizures may cause a person to have convulsions, but this is not always the case. In this article, learn more…

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E-Cigarettes Are Effective at Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says

It has been one of the most pressing unanswered questions in public health: Do e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit? Now, the first, large rigorous assessment offers an unequivocal answer: yes. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes were nearly twice as effective as conventional nicotine replacement products, like…

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When Brexit Happens, Will Hunger Pangs Follow?

Food retailers in Britain warned lawmakers this week that Brexit was threatening to become a dinner plate issue. A departure from the European Union with no agreement in place would be costly and limit supplies, executives said in a public letter. They added: “We fear significant disruption in the short term.” In other words: We’ve…

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He Swallowed a Toothpick. It Could Have Killed Him.

A young man nearly lost his life to a toothpick he didn’t even know he had swallowed, according to a harrowing report published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The three-inch wood pick, from a sandwich, traveled through most of his digestive tract without doing any harm. But then it poked through the…

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How to tell if contractions are real

Real contractions follow a consistent pattern, while Braxton-Hicks contractions vary in duration and frequency. Braxton-Hicks contractions also tend to be less painful and usually only cause discomfort in the front of the abdomen. Braxton-Hicks contractions simulate real contractions to prepare the body for labor. However, they do not lead to labor. Real contractions only occur…

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