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What are the risks of having too much amniotic fluid?

Women experience polyhydramnios when too much amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus in the womb. This excess fluid can slightly increase the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery. As a result, doctors usually monitor fluid levels regularly until a woman is ready to give birth. The amount of amniotic fluid ... Read More »

How to tell the difference between psoriasis and skin cancer

Both psoriasis and skin cancer cause changes in the skin’s appearance. Symptoms may be similar, but some factors can help a person distinguish between the two diseases. An estimated 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis, which affects the way the immune system creates new skin cells. The ... Read More »

Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight

Chiropractic care realigns the bones in the spine and other body parts to treat issues such as headaches and back pains. Some chiropractic adjustments, however, can produce side effects, and according to a new case report, these include vision problems. Chiropractic techniques can harm vision, a new case study illustrates. ... Read More »

Does ‘bad’ cholesterol deserve its bad name?

“Misleading statistics, exclusion of unsuccessful trials, and […] ignoring numerous contradictory observations” are at the root of a half-century-long assumption that may be entirely wrong, says new research. Heart health may not have much to do with cholesterol levels. In the case of good vs. bad cholesterol, things are less ... Read More »

11 triggers for psoriasis flares

For most people with psoriasis, symptoms come and go over time. Many factors can trigger psoriasis flares, including weather and stress. People with psoriasis often have periods of time with few or only mild symptoms. They are also likely to have periods of time with more symptoms, and these are ... Read More »

How to speed up recovery from a cesarean delivery

Having a cesarean delivery, which people also often refer to as a C-section, can have a big impact on a mother’s mental and physical health in the weeks afterward. To speed up their recovery, people can try various lifestyle and wellness methods that may help. Cesarean deliveries are common, accounting ... Read More »

Which is the best IUD for me?

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are increasing in popularity. There are several IUDs available, each of which will suit different people. About 10 percent of people on birth control use IUDs. These devices significantly reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and remove the possibility of human error that comes with taking a ... Read More »

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk

Recent research cautions that fluctuating weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. Weight fluctuation is a top risk factor for cardiovascular events, says new research. Scientists at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea — with other ... Read More »

Exploring the brain networks behind our free will

New research now published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explores the brain circuits involved in free will and the decision to move. We may like to think of our sense of agency as something mystical, but new research reveals the brain circuits that underpin our free ... Read More »

Symptoms and severity of plaque psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition. Plaque psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that causes thick, raised, scaly patches of skin to develop. These scaly patches often form on the elbows, knees, and scalp, and they may last for weeks, months, or years. It is important that people with ... Read More »

Can some foods reduce estrogen in men?

Estrogen and testosterone are hormones that occur naturally in male and female bodies. Some research suggests that certain foods can influence the levels of these hormones. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They play essential roles in libido, mood, health, fertility, and many other functions. Some people think of estrogen ... Read More »

What to know about Accutane and Crohn’s

Accutane is the former brand name for the medication isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is a drug that doctors prescribe to treat severe acne that does not respond to other treatments. Some people believe that it may cause Crohn’s disease. The makers of Accutane no longer produce this medication, but the drug continues ... Read More »

What can cause flushed skin?

Flushed skin is often a visual sign of embarrassment, anxiety, or being too hot. However, frequent flushing can sometimes indicate an underlying medical condition. Flushed skin occurs when the hundreds of tiny blood vessels just beneath the skin dilate, or widen. When these blood vessels expand, they rapidly fill with ... Read More »

What is enteritis?

Enteritis is inflammation of the small intestine. Types include infectious enteritis, caused by bacteria or viruses, and radiation enteritis, which occurs as a result of radiation therapy. Enteritis may also include gastritis, where inflammation affects the stomach or, in some cases, colitis, which involves inflammation of the large intestine. Prevention ... Read More »

Can evening primrose oil help induce labor?

Some people use evening primrose oil as a natural remedy for inducing labor. But does it work, and is it safe? The final weeks of pregnancy can be difficult. Backaches, sleepless nights, exhaustion, and a desire to finally hold the baby can all inspire people to seek help from natural ... Read More »

Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors

To find better ways to tackle cancer tumors that do not respond to traditional therapies, scientists are now experimenting with a modified bacterial strain that could target cancer cells without harming healthy ones. A phase I clinical trial reveals that this bacterial therapy shows promising effects. A new bacterial therapy ... Read More »

New cancer vaccine may tackle HER2-positive tumors

New research shows that a new cancer vaccine may be effective for treating a range of HER2-positive cancers, including the more aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. A new cancer vaccine showed promise in an early trial. Cancer that is human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2)-positive holds too much of the protein ... Read More »

What prebiotic foods should people eat?

Prebiotics are fibers and natural sugars that stimulate the good bacteria in the gut. Many prebiotic foods are suitable for vegans and people on other diets to eat. These foods include almonds, chicory, garlic, and chickpeas. Prebiotics help beneficial bacteria grow in the gut. They work with probiotics, which are ... Read More »