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Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first

Just under half of health care workers do not get their annual flu vaccine. Some of these workers contract the flu and unknowingly transfer it to their sick hospitalized patients, and in some cases, because of them passing the flu along, those patients die.   We know the most important reason …

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Why You Have a ‘Foggy Brain’ If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

That’s a lot of people getting less than the recommended seven-plus hours per night. The symptoms of being sleep deprived are well known to anyone who’s pulled an all-nighter or recently had a baby. The most common effect of too little sleep is sleepiness, of course, but also moodiness and brain “fog” …

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New Brain Stimulation Technique May Help Treat MS Fatigue

Fatigue is the most common symptom of multiple sclerosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an estimated 80 percent of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience fatigue. Fatigue is also one of the most debilitating symptoms of MS, making it difficult for those people to maintain quality of life. “MS …

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New Blood Test Could Help with MS Prognosis

Earlier this year, the company IQuity released a blood test, IsolateMS, saying it could help diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients. And now a new blood test is showing potential in helping predict progression in MS. Currently, there is no way to predict progression, but the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) …

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Why Don’t People with Multiple Sclerosis Report Relapses?

  When is a multiple sclerosis relapse severe enough to warrant a call to your doctor? According to a recent paper launched at the European-American joint event on multiple sclerosis, close to 60 percent of people with the disease do not always report their relapses to their healthcare practitioner. In multiple sclerosis …

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Essential Oils for Wrinkles?

What you can do When it comes to wrinkle treatments, the options seem endless. Should you choose a cream or a lightweight anti-aging moisturizer? What about a vitamin C serum or acid-based gel? If you’re looking for more natural-based treatments, though, you might consider making your own anti-aging serum with …

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Bone Tumors

What is a bone tumor? When cells divide abnormally and uncontrollably, they can form a mass or lump of tissue. This lump is called a tumor. Bone tumors form in your bones. As the tumor grows, abnormal tissue can displace healthy tissue. Tumors can either be benign or malignant. Benign …

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Here’s how sex reassignment surgery works

How many people are transgender? The Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA School of Law dedicated to research on sexual orientation law and public policy, estimates that 700,000 Americans are transgender. But a good piece last year on fivethirtyeight.comnoted that there are no national surveys. And if there were, there …

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SCIENTISTS DISCOVER HOW THE BRAIN CONTROLS AGEING – AND MANAGE TO SLOW IT DOWN

If you are reading this and you don’t smoke, then your major risk factor for dying is probably your age. That’s because we have nearly eliminated mortality in early life, thanks to advances in science and engineering. But despite this progress, we still haven’t worked out how to eliminate the damaging …

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RESEARCHERS DISCOVER A MAJOR CAUSE OF DEMENTIA

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and diagnosis. Professor Garth Cooper from The University of Manchester, who leads the Manchester team, says the build-up of urea in the brain to toxic levels can cause brain …

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