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Solid Tips For Great New Shoes

As you shop for shoes, do you find your anxiety levels increase? Are you overwhelmed by the sheer volume of selections? Do you want some help? This article has all the answers you need. When buying new athletic shoes, do not make them do more than what they were intended to do. If you buy […]

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Exposure to particulate matter before and after birth linked to heightened allergic rhinitis risk

Exposure to the air pollutant fine particulate matter (PM2.5) before and after birth is linked to a heightened risk of childhood allergic rhinitis, finds research published online in the journal Thorax. The period of vulnerability may be during late pregnancy (30 weeks) right through to the first year of life, the findings suggest. Allergic rhinitis […]

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High blood pressure controlled in only 2 out of 5 UK cases despite treatment

High blood pressure is controlled in only 2 out of 5 UK patients with the condition, despite treatment, suggests a large population based study, published in the online journal Open Heart. People who are older (60+), of black ethnicity, and who are on relatively low incomes (£18,000/year) are less likely to have well controlled blood […]

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Mindfulness program in campus dorms, groups improved students’ mental health

As experts nationwide point to a mental health crisis among teens and young adults, a pilot program teaching mindfulness and coping techniques to students at the University of Washington has helped lower stress and improve emotional well-being. New studies by the psychology researchers who created the program find that the strategies, offered first in residence […]

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‘Hunker down’ stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat, a physiological strategy for […]

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Heart attack diagnosis missed in women more often than in men

Chest pain is misdiagnosed in women more frequently than in men, according to research presented today at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The study also found that women with chest pain were more likely than men to wait over 12 hours before seeking medical […]

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Preterm birth, prolonged labor influenced by progesterone balance

New research by the National Institutes of Health found that unbalanced progesterone signals may cause some pregnant women to experience preterm labor or prolonged labor. The study in mice—published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—provides novel insights for developing treatments. During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone helps to prevent the uterus from […]

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Head injuries may worsen cognitive decline decades later

People who experienced head injuries in their 50s or younger score lower than expected on cognitive tests at age 70, according to a study led by UCL researchers. Head injuries did not appear to contribute to brain damage characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease, but might make people more vulnerable to dementia symptoms, according to the findings […]