Allergies & Asthma

A recent article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal assessed the maternal risks associated with infertility treatments. Every year, up to 4% of births in Canada result from the use of infertility treatments. Treatments such as in vitro fertilization and ovulation induction provide couples who have difficulty getting pregnant with the opportunity to have
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A retrospective study published by the Mayo Clinic confirms the efficiency of influenza vaccinations during hospitalization. The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone above the age of six months. Currently, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that if a patient is hospitalized, then that person is to receive
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Reading Time: 2 minutes It is common knowledge that smoking can lead to poor health. Researchers investigated whether a tobacco addiction affects a person’s color vision.   Cigarette smoke contains many chemicals that harm the body. An estimated 38 million adults in the United States smoked cigarettes daily in 2016, according to the Centers for
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent study investigated the anti-inflammatory activities of metabolites found in berries and pomegranates. The findings may impact the treatment and prevention of inflammatory bowel diseases. The inflammatory bowel diseases include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These are autoimmune diseases that cause intestinal inflammation. In 2018, an estimated 270,000 Canadians were
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Reading Time: 2 minutes As discussed in a recent study, researchers are taking the initial steps towards developing a test to screen for reduced blood flow to the heart.   Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is an umbrella term for symptoms arising from reduced or blocked blood supply to the heart. The most common conditions under
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study in The European Heart Journal determined whether peak oxygen targets could lower individuals’ heart attack risk. VO2 max is also known as maximal oxygen consumption. It is a measure of the volume of oxygen required at an individual’s maximum cardiorespiratory activity. Cardiorespiratory activity is usually an action that
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Reading Time: 3 minutes A study on how stress experienced during motherhood during their children’s first year of life contributes to the development of obesity in children. Stress in motherhood has the potential to be related to overweight children since parental behavior plays an important role in children’s weight development. A review of studies on
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Flaxseed fiber helps lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. A recent study explored how the fermentability of flaxseed fiber affects gut health and improves metabolism in animal studies. Dietary fibers can be categorized into three broad groups based on their viscosity, solubility, and fermentability. Viscous dietary fibers form a gel with the stomach
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A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society may have found a reason to rethink the idea that low cholesterol is always better. Triglycerides are your body’s main form of storing fat, and right now, treatment guidelines recommend lowering your triglyceride levels, no matter how old you are. However, it is known
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A recent survey studied Americans’ perceptions of healthy weight and heart health as part of an education program for American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. About 40% of Americans are obese, but few recognize the relationship between healthy weight and other harmful health conditions. The Cleveland Clinic recently conducted
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Chronic lymphocytic leukemia affects many older adults. Researchers from the United States recently tested Ibrutinib, a newly approved targeted drug, as a new leukemia treatment in a clinical study.   Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a type of cancer that starts in blood stem cells, in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cell.
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Researchers in the USA investigated how genetic testing can help in the diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease in some patients.   The kidneys have many functions including blood filtration, maintaining fluid balance, blood pressure control, red blood cell production, and keeping bones healthy by vitamin D metabolism. In people with chronic kidney disease,
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A study by Barker and colleagues compared physical activity in chronic disease patients and healthy individuals. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that individuals exercise at least 150 minutes per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These recommendations are based on several studies that have shown that physical inactivity can increase the risk of developing
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A recent study investigated how ghrelin, a stomach hormone, promotes individuals’ conditioning to food-related odours and eating behaviours. Obesity, defined as the excess of body fat, is an increasingly prevalent phenomenon that is associated with an elevated risk of many chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. There are several factors that have contributed
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A recent study in PNAS investigated whether inorganic nitrates can prevent steatosis of liver using cell and animal models.   Increasing age and unhealthy dietary habits are risk factors for obesity and type 2 diabetes, both of which contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, obesity and type 2 diabetes can also
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According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine, eSports players should receive the same medical care as traditional sports athletes. Competitive electronic gaming, also known as eSports, has become a global phenomenon. In 2019, an estimated 427 million people globally will watch eSports, and this number is expected to increase to
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Australian scientists have made a breakthrough in ultrasound technology that could greatly improve the performance of ultrasound imaging.   Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique used to capture internal images of the body such as blood vessels, muscles, organs, and soft tissues. It helps doctors and health professionals diagnose patients’ abnormalities or signs of disease. Unlike
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Researchers investigated the impact of missing primary care medical appointments on the risk of death in patients with long-term conditions. Several previous studies have looked at the underlying reasons behind patients missing medical appointments. These can be related to patient factors or to the medical practice arrangements. However, less is known about the impact of
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A chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, asthma affects approximately 315 million people worldwide. With 5 – 10% (≈15 – 31.5 million) of these people suffering from severe asthma, research into treatments for the disease is ongoing. A study recently looked at an alternative treatment to help manage severe asthma in patients relying upon oral
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A common asthma symptom is an exercise-induced bronchoconstriction – the constriction of the airways. Researchers investigated the potential of fish oil to improve asthma symptoms.   Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) is a prominent and common symptom in individuals with asthma. It even affects up to 50% of elite athletes, making it a
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