Eczema Can Be Itchy, Painful, and Embarrassing—and It Was Just Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin disease that affects 18 million adults (and lots of children, as well) in the United States. Ask anyone who suffers from the itchy, chronic condition and they’ll tell you it can be unpleasant at best, and debilitating at worst. Now, research published in JAMA Dermatology highlights just how much of a […]

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These bacteria may be the key to treating clinical depression

We like to think of ourselves as individuals. But scientists estimate that we share our bodies with 38 trillion organisms that play an integral part in keeping us healthy and making us who we are. They crawl across our skin, cling to our intestines, and generally call our bodies home. Now, a study led by researchers at Northeastern shows that […]

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For many women, tracking their fertility can be an emotional whirlwind

Have you ever used a health app to track your personal data, such as diet, exercise, or menstrual cycle? Did seeing the data make you feel excited and empowered? Or stressed and frustrated? With the popularity of self-tracking technologies like apps and wearables, many people are becoming more engaged with their health data. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center […]

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Common tactics for health promotion at work may be detrimental to employees with obesity

Workplace health promotion programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own weight may have detrimental effects for employees with obesity, reveals a new study. These range from feeling increasingly responsible for their weight but perceiving they have less control over it, to increased workplace weight stigma and discrimination. Ironically, these effects could even lead to increased obesity and […]

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5 common ailments to be aware of as you get older

Decreased mobility is something many of us expect to experience during old ageCredit:iStock Growing older may come with greater wisdom, but it unfortunately also paves the way for an increased number of life-threatening health concerns. While every individual is prone to a unique set of potential health risks depending on genetics, diet and lifestyle, these are five common medical issues […]

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Gender inequality could be driving the deaths of girls under five

Levels of gender inequality across the world are associated with disproportionate death rates among girls under five years old, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London. The analysis of data from 195 countries suggests that the unequal treatment of females in society could be interfering with the natural biological advantage they have over males for survival. […]

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Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check

A predominantly plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check, not least because of its potential impact on mood, suggests a systematic review of the available evidence, published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. This diet is associated with improved psychological wellbeing, a reduction in some of the known risk factors […]

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ASN: Kidneys Transplanted in France Would Be Discarded in US

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 — Many kidneys transplanted in France would be discarded in the United States, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week, held Oct. 23 to 28 in San Diego. Olivier Aubert, M.D., Ph.D., from the Paris Translational Research Center for Organ Transplantation, and colleagues compared kidney quality and outcomes between the […]

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