Health, Fitness & Food

The pattern of food avoidance and restriction is cause for concern and researchers have begun to investigate ARFID among several types of patients. Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is becoming more prevalent. With the introduction of ARFID, there is an increased need to understand the prevalence and patterns of food avoidance and restriction in adults.
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A recent study examines whether happy music helps creativity during problem-solving by comparing four types of musical selections. Divergent and Convergent Thinking Divergent and convergent thinking are two poles on a spectrum of cognitive approaches to problems. On the divergent end, there is a problem and the thinker seeks to generate multiple solutions. Activities that
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Milk protein supplementation following strenuous exercise can decrease muscle fatigue and increase skeletal muscle growth. Researchers set out to find out whether protein intake after exercise increases muscle recovery. Taxing exercise routines can take a toll on all muscle tissues involved in the movement. Exercise repetitions lead to increased microscopic trauma to skeletal muscle, causing
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Researchers have determined the incidence of previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in high-risk patients with the use of an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM). Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition wherein the atria do not contract in coordination with the ventricles, resulting in a fast and irregular heart rhythm. Patients with this condition are at risk for
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The essential oils found in Curcuma herbs have many uses. Researchers in China determine the composition and therapeutic activity of Curcuma herb essential oils extracted from four Curcuma herb species. Curcuma herbs have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years for their claimed antioxidative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic effects. the chemical composition of
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Researchers speculate that new changes in government could potentially take away the benefits from a program introduced in 1997 to reduce health disparities in the United Kingdom between different geographical locations. Unemployment in the United Kingdom (UK) was on the rise in the 1980s and 1990s. The unemployment fuelled the income inequality within the country.
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A recent study published in BMC Public Health determines whether Australian runners who participate in community-based physical activity are more satisfied with their physical health compared to the general population. Although the benefits of physical activity have been well-established, many people struggle to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. Community-based fitness events encourage not only
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New studies demonstrate that inhibiting the activity of angiopoietin-like 3 (ANGPTL3), a liver protein that regulates lipoprotein metabolism and inhibits lipoprotein lipase (LPL), could help lower the plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as well as reduce the risk of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.   It has been
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As the most common type of heart disease and a leading cause of death in the US, coronary artery disease treatment is of significant importance. A recent study compares whether bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) are as safe and effective as drug-eluting stents (DES) for treating coronary artery disease.   Comparing Treatments for Coronary Artery Disease
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Commentators warn that the new regulations published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the nutrition facts label could lead manufacturers to make changes to the vitamin and mineral content of fortified foods and supplements. Regulations requiring food manufacturers to provide nutritional information on product packaging were established in the US by the Food
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A recent paper studied the frequency of an annual electrocardiogram and its impact on subsequent cardiac testing in healthy, low-risk patients. Low-value care is characterized by a lack of benefit or an imbalance between benefits and potential risks; some consequences include higher health care costs, patient inconvenience, and—in some cases—harm. An example of low-value care
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Oxidative stress has negative effects in the intestines and one group recently studied whether arginine supplementation can alleviate these effects, using an animal model. The study demonstrates that oxidative stress decreases arginine levels and increases inflammation, whereas the addition of arginine to the diet reverses these outcomes. Free radicals are chemically reactive molecules that are
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  A recently published review analyzed data from multiple studies on the efficacy and safety of a new drug class for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism, the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC). It concluded that the NOAC was superior or comparable to existing vitamin K antagonist drugs (warfarin) for the treatment
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Being diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension (HTN) may result in the development of post-pregnancy hypertension in the years following the delivery.   Hypertension (HTN), or commonly high blood pressure, is a medical condition where there is persistent elevation in the blood pressure in the arteries. If this persists long-term the body may suffer direct damage
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The incidence and the risk of sudden death from heart failure have been on a downward trend over the years owing to the use of combination drugs.   Medical devices including implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are used for patients with heart failure, however, these devices are expensive and cause many adverse effects on the patients. Medications
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