People Are Going on "Dopamine Fasts" to Think More Clearly and Gain Focus—but Does It Work?

Forget going without food for 16 hours. The latest fasting fad, on the face of it, involves depriving yourself of all the stuff that gives you pleasure—like Netflix, online shopping sprees, and even gossiping with your friends. It’s called dopamine fasting, and as far as wellness trends go, it’s a pretty controversial one. It’s not clear who came up with […]

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15 people get HIV while waiting to get access to preventative pill

At least 15 people in England contract HIV while waiting to get a place on a trial for a pill which prevents the AIDS-causing virus and is freely available in the rest of the UK Pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, has been trialled in the UK since 2017 Freely available in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland but access limited in England […]

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AAN recommends people 65+ be screened yearly for memory problems

People with mild cognitive impairment have thinking and memory problems but usually do not know it because such problems are not severe enough to affect their daily activities. Yet mild cognitive impairment can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It can also be a symptom of sleep problems, medical illness, depression, or a side […]

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‘Dr. Pimple Popper’ dishes on popping success: ‘It actually makes people happy’

See it: Dr. Pimple Popper’s most epic extractions, why a splash mask is necessary Learn what Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, has to say about her ‘popaholics,’ her most epic extractions, and why she tries not to forget to wear a splash mask. Dr. Sandra Lee, better known to her “Pop-a-holic” fan base as “Dr. Pimple Popper,” knows […]

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New guideline on Parkinson’s disease aimed at physicians and people with Parkinson’s

A comprehensive new Canadian guideline provides practical guidance for physicians, allied health professionals, patients and families on managing Parkinson disease, based on the latest evidence. The guideline is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), accompanied by an easy-to-reference infographic and podcast. Parkinson disease is a debilitating, progressive neurological condition that affects quality of life for patients and their caregivers. […]

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Researchers develop novel heart pump to help people with heart failure

Dr. David Adlam, associate professor and interventional cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Piyal Samara-Ratna, Mechanical Engineer in the Space Research Centre, have joined forces to combine medical and space research to develop a pump to help people with heart failure. The new left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is an artificial heart pump used as an interim support […]

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Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds

Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. Associate Professor Christopher Davey, head of mood disorder research at Orygen, said the clinical trial results emphasised the importance of a multi-faceted approach to treating depression […]

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People Are Getting Second-Degree Burns On Their Feet From Hot Pavement

With summer comes all sorts of warnings about staying safe in the sun: Wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, reach for a comically-large, wide-brimmed straw hat when you can. But while you're protecting any and all skin that could come into contact with those rays, you should also be paying attention to one part of your body where the sun doesn't hit: your […]

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More than 600 people swabbed to find donor match for girl with cancer

One-year-old with leukaemia inspires 600 people to get swabbed in a bid to find her a stem cell donor after chemotherapy failed to cure her cancer Phoebe Ashfield was diagnosed in January but chemotherapy didn’t work Her only option is a stem cell transplant but her parents are not matches Their world was ‘turned upside down’ after her diagnosis at […]

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One out of ten people has ndes

According to a new study, with participants from 35 countries, around ten percent of all people of near-death reports experiences. In the case of such experiences, which are not scientifically explainable, it comes to out-of-body sensations, hallucinations, racing thoughts, and time distortion. Of 1,034 participants, 289 people have had near-death experiences. The most frequently cited sensations were abnormal perception of […]

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