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Black Widow Spider Bite: Symptoms and Treatment –

The black widow spider is considered the most venomous spider in North America. Because they thrive in temperate temperatures, black widows are most common in the south and western regions of the United States. People may find them in grape vineyards, outdoor toilets, or in other sheltered areas where debris…

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Brown Recluse Spider Bite: Symptoms and Treatment

There are more than 3,500 species of spiders that are found in the United States. Although many people are scared of these creatures, only about a dozen species are actually harmful. These fall into two different groups: brown spiders and widow spiders. Brown recluse spiders are a member of the…


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How to Get Rid of a Stye: Treatments and Home Remedies 

A stye is a very common condition that affects many people. It is also known as a hordeolum. Styes are red, swollen lumps that form along the edge of the eyelid, close to the lashes. Sometimes, a stye can occur inside or under the eyelid. Usually, styes are a minor…


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Restoring evolutionary fatty acid balance may curb obesity

Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive disease that presents an enormous clinical challenge. Its biology is less well understood compared with many other cancers and there is an urgent need for new prognostic tools and treatments. Now, a new study suggests screening patients for the prolactin receptor may offer a…


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Brain folding ‘slackens’ with age, study finds

The abundance of crevices and ridges in the outer layer of the human brain – commonly referred to as “folds” – make the organ instantly recognizable. Theory holds that the folding brain is a result of evolution, a way to condense the cerebral cortex and improve brain cell communication and…


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Stronger muscles lead to stronger brain

A study led by the University of Sydney in Australia has found that gradually increasing muscle strength through activities such as weightlifting improves cognitive function. Stronger muscles reduce cognitive impairment in elderly patients. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at the University…



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Pregnancy and Depression: What’s the Connection?

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness. They are a natural response to life’s difficult times and events, and they usually lessen with time. Clinical depression goes beyond feelings of sadness and is a real illness with potentially serious consequences. It is a mood disorder and impacts people’s quality of life. People with depression…


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High blood pressure raises risk of cognitive decline, dementia

The risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in later life is increased for individuals with high blood pressure, especially middle-aged adults. This is the conclusion of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Hypertension. High blood pressure – especially in midlife – may raise the risk…


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Gene therapy could prevent Alzheimer’s, study suggests 

A genetic treatment that delivers a virus to a gene in the brain could be used treat early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, says research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In Alzheimer’s, amyloid plaques build up in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common kind of dementia. It affects…