Age not just a number: Causes of joint stiffness differ between older and younger adults

Our lives and our bodies are dynamic. The physical state of someone in their twenties is probably vastly different from that of someone in their fifties. Naturally, healthcare should also be oriented differently to different age groups. Older people are more likely to fall and hurt themselves because their joints are less flexible than younger people. To minimize these risks […]

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How rotavirus causes severe gastrointestinal disease

Rotavirus is a major cause of diarrhea and vomiting, especially in children, that results in approximately 128,000 deaths annually. The virus triggers the disease by infecting enterocyte cells in the small intestine, but only a fraction of the susceptible cells has the virus. In the mid-90s, scientists proposed that the small portion of infected cells promotes severe disease by sending […]

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Nut consumption causes changes in sperm DNA function, study shows

Many environmental and lifestyle factors have been implicated in the decline of sperm quality, with diet being one of the most plausible factors identified in recent years. Moreover, several studies have reported a close association between the alteration of specific sperm DNA methylation signatures and semen quality. To date, however, no randomized clinical trials (RCT) have been published that assess […]

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COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness

Around the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed. The pace is dizzying, but some clear trends have emerged. One area of focus has been the production of antibodies—powerful proteins capable of disabling and killing invading pathogens like viruses. Of […]

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Mum's dress catches fire and causes severe burns thanks to garden bonfire

Warning: Graphic images With bonfire night just around the corner and large events cancelled, one mum is warning people not to try to light fires at home after a horrific accident left her scarred for life. Zoe Ciereszko, 37, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, constructed a DIY bonfire in her back garden in September. But when it wouldn’t light, she used petrol, […]

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The two painless symptoms of a heart attack that may appear weeks in advance

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Heart attacks happen when an artery supplying your heart with blood and oxygen becomes blocked. A blockage is usually attributed to cholesterol – a fatty substance found in your blood – clogging up your arteries. A timely […]

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COVID-19 personal protective equipment causes serious skin injuries

A new study of medical staff treating COVID-19-infected patients found 42.8% experienced serious skin injury related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, goggles, face shields, and protective gowns. Researchers concluded that the skin injuries put staff at increased risk of infection, with insufficient prevention and treatment measures in place, according to the study published in Advances […]

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Heart attack: Drinking this amount of alcohol could trigger the deadly condition

A heart attack can be life threatening. The deadly condition occurs when a blood clot forms inside the artery after a fatty deposit has broken off from the artery wall. The heart is essentially a pump that keeps blood moving around the body. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body and also carries away unwanted carbon […]

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Genetic test could aid quest to reveal causes of rare diseases

The causes of rare diseases could be uncovered using an approach created to identify genetic mutations that trigger a muscle-wasting condition, a study suggests. Researchers have devised a way to pinpoint defective genes that are linked to a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which causes muscle weakening and heart problems. The approach could help doctors perform a faster and cheaper […]

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