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Preeclampsia raises risk of heart disease, heart failure

Preeclampsia and eclampsia may cause birth complications, as they affect the blood supply to the fetus. In preeclampsia, the mother has high blood pressure, and the disorder can also endanger the mother’s health if it develops into eclampsia – the onset of seizures or even coma. Worldwide, preeclampsia is estimated to affect 5-10 percent of all …

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Beta-blockers may reverse genetic changes from heart disease

In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from York University in Toronto, Canada, report how they used mice induced to have heart failure and heart cells from rats to study the effect of beta-blockers on changes in gene expression. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not strong enough to pump the amount …

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Daily vitamin D-3 supplementation may benefit heart failure patients

In the US, around 5.1 million people have heart failure, which occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood around the body to support other organs. The prognosis for heart failure patients is poor; around 50% of those diagnosed with the condition die within 5 years of diagnosis. …

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New evidence that vitamin D prevents respiratory infections

A large-scale meta-analysis using more than 10,000 participants concludes that vitamin D supplementation may help to prevent a major cause of global death – acute respiratory tract infections. Acute respiratory tract infections are responsible for 10 percent of ambulance and emergency room visits in the United States. Including anything from …

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Could vitamin D supplements treat IBS?

People with irritable bowel syndrome could alleviate their symptoms by taking vitamin D supplements. This is the conclusion of a new study recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the large intestine. Symptoms includeabdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation. It is estimated that IBS …

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Causes of Anal Itching

An itch around your bottom is uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. If you have anal itch, it may be hard to fight the urge to scratch. But scratching will only make the problem worse. Doctors can’t always find a reason for it, but some health problems or habits, or your diet, may trigger …

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What Causes Common Skin Warts?

When skin warts appear, it can seem as if the harmless growths came out of nowhere. But common warts are actually an infection in the top layer of skin, caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family. When the virus invades this outer layer of skin, usually through a tiny …

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Worst Foods to Avoid With Diabetes To Prevent High Blood Sugar and Weight Gain

Diabetes in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, affecting more than 29 million Americans, based on current estimates (1). That’s around 10 percent of the whole country. While medication helps, one of the best ways to treat (or prevent) this disease is to learn which foods to …

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Why Our Brain Needs Sleep, And What Happens If We Don’t Get Enough Of It

any of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep is more important for our brains than you may realise. Although it may appear you’re “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive. What we …

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HUMAN SALIVA CONTAINS A PAINKILLER 6 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN MORPHINE

Pain is an essential sensation. Sensory nerves with endings in our skin, tissues and organs, are activated by heat, cold or pressure, or by chemicals that are released from cells after tissue injury. The fibres of these nerves reach the central nervous system, activating neurons in the spinal cord which …

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