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What to expect from knee surgery rehabilitation

A person may have knee surgery to treat pain in the joint due to an injury, such as torn cartilage or a torn ligament. It can also treat other conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. This article will look at the different types of knee surgery, the ... Read More »

Newly discovered molecule could treat heart failure

In heart failure, the heart is unable to pump blood effectively throughout the body. One key factor in the development of this condition is calcium dysregulation. A newly discovered molecule that may be able to address this issue could become the next therapeutic target for this heart condition. Will a ... Read More »

How does psoriatic arthritis affect the hands?

Psoriatic arthritis causes inflammation in the joints and can disrupt daily life, especially when it affects the hands. Treatments and home remedies can help keep symptoms under control. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory joint condition related to psoriasis. An estimated 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. ... Read More »

What to know about inverted nipples

If a nipple is inverted, it lies flat against the areola or goes inward instead of sticking out. The areola is the circular area of pigmented skin around the nipple. Another name for inverted nipples is retracted nipples. Some people are born with them, and others develop them later in ... Read More »

Cancer: Alternative therapies are popular but risky

Two new studies, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2018 Congress, show that people with sarcoma often take complementary and alternative medicine with little regard for the potential risks or ways in which they may interact with conventional cancer treatment. Vitamin and herb supplements could be risky when ... Read More »

Health benefits of elderberry

People have used elderberry for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system. There is little scientific research into the effects of elderberries on people’s health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative ... Read More »

Does high altitude affect COPD?

At a high altitude, there is less oxygen available to breathe. This can pose risks to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A study in Respiratory Research defines a high altitude as any elevation greater than 1,500 meters (m) — about 5,000 feet (ft) — above sea level. People may ... Read More »

First period after having a baby: What to expect

It is common for a woman’s period to change after having a baby. Some women experience heavier or more painful periods, while others find that their periods become easier. In the months after giving birth, periods may be irregular but may return to normal over time. There is no way ... Read More »

Why depression, trauma can make you age faster

A new study has found that people living with major depressive disorder are biologically older than people without depression, and that childhood trauma exacerbates this effect. The results illuminate the epigenetic mechanisms that might explain this discrepancy. Depression may cause premature aging, a recent study has suggested. Major depression is ... Read More »

Existing drug may treat triple-negative breast cancer

The existing drug estradiol can inhibit tumor growth in a subtype of triple-negative breast cancer. The researchers may soon test the repurposed drug in a phase II clinical trial. New findings may improve patient outcomes, as an existing drug inhibits the growth of an aggressive form of breast cancer. Triple-negative ... Read More »

Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?

Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in several parts of the United States. Researchers continue to investigate whether marijuana can cause or even help treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some people use marijuana to relieve chronic pain, and there is growing interest in using marijuana to treat a ... Read More »

What are the symptoms of high estrogen?

In males and females, estrogen is an important hormone. High levels of estrogen can cause a variety of symptoms and may increase the risk of developing certain medical conditions. In this article, we begin by looking at what estrogen is. We then describe how levels become high, the symptoms and ... Read More »

What to know about esophageal thrush

Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the esophagus or food pipe. Doctors sometimes call it esophageal candidiasis. The food pipe is the tube that connects the mouth and throat to the stomach. Although anyone can develop esophageal thrush, it is more common in people with weakened immune systems, especially ... Read More »

Nerve damage: Using electronic implants to hasten healing

An implantable electronic device that can heal injured peripheral nerves by stimulating them with electric pulses before the body biodegrades and absorbs it has shown successful results in preliminary tests. Scientists have created a new device that can help heal nerve damage. A study led by Washington University School of ... Read More »

Antibiotic may prevent breast cancer recurrence

One of cancer researchers’ top priorities is discovering ways to reduce the risk that cancer will recur or metastasize. A recent, small-scale study may have found a common, cost-effective drug that does just that. An antibiotic might help prevent breast cancer from coming back. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), also known ... Read More »

Top 5 natural antihistamines for allergies

People with allergies may find relief by using natural plant extracts and foods that act as antihistamines. Antihistamines are substances that block histamine activity in the body. Histamine is a protein that triggers allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription antihistamine medications ... Read More »

Weight loss drug may prevent and treat diabetes

The results of a recent clinical trial, published in the journal The Lancet, show that a weight loss drug may prevent and treat diabetes. A new weight loss pill may prevent diabetes in those who are obese and overweight. More than 30 million people, or 9 percent of the population ... Read More »

What to expect from Crohn’s infusions

A doctor may recommend that a person try infusions of medications called biologics as a treatment for Crohn’s disease. Ideally, these infusions can help keep the condition in remission. People can receive biologics via injection or intravenously. While they may reduce symptoms in some individuals, they also have potential side ... Read More »