Health Problems

Low-cost retinal scanner could help prevent blindness worldwide

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the United States and abroad. Thanks to a redesigned, 3-D-printed spectrometer, the scanner is 15 times lighter and smaller than current commercial systems and is made from parts costing […]

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Prevent illness by preventing tick bites

Ready or not, ticks are out. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness, but it’s not the only concern, says Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a parasitic diseases expert at Mayo Clinic. “There are other tick-borne diseases like anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus and Borrelia miyamotoi infection, and those are just diseases transmitted by the black-legged tick, […]

Personal Health

How to Prevent Dementia, According to New WHO Guidelines

You can reduce your chances of suffering from dementia by following a few healthy living guidelines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. The guidelines are simple and also support other areas of personal health. They include regularly exercising; controlling your weight; eating healthy foods; refraining from smoking and drinking excessively; and controlling your blood pressure, blood sugar, […]

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USPSTF Recommends Counseling to Prevent Perinatal Depression

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians provide or refer counseling interventions for pregnant or postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression. This recommendation forms the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. […]

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The $9 Drugstore Product Meghan Markle Is Using to Prevent Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are often inevitable, especially during pregnancy. Your mom most likely has them. Even celebrities have gotten real about stretch marks (Chrissy Teigen affectionately calls hers “stretchies”.) Apparently we’re in good company, because Meghan Markle is taking action to prevent stretch marks while she’s pregnant. According to The Sun, the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly using a […]

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Brushing teeth twice a day could prevent erectile dysfunction

Brushing teeth twice a day could prevent erectile dysfunction: Scientists find bad oral hygiene nearly TRIPLES the risk of impotence Researchers reviewed five studies on more than 200,000 men’s health It adds to growing evidence of link between gum disease and erection problems Scientists think an inflammation-causing molecule in the liver could be to blame […]

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Can Emergen-C Actually Prevent a Cold?

If you find yourself reaching for a packet of Emergen-C every time you feel a tickle in your throat, you’re certainly not alone. The fizzy orange power—a mix of vitamins C and B, along with other nutrients—has become a mainstay of medicine cabinets, winter-weather survival kits, travel packing lists, and even wedding weekend goodie bags. […]

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Can Facebook advertising prevent cancer?

Is there ever a truly good time for a colonoscopy? Even with the recommendation of a primary care physician, it’s easy to procrastinate or simply forget to schedule an appointment with your friendly neighborhood endoscopist. That’s why the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) and partners have been exploring ways to remind patients—to prod them, if […]