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Temps up, blood pressures down in hot yoga study

Taking hot yoga classes lowered blood pressure in a small study of adults with elevated or stage 1 hypertension, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. While there is evidence of regular, room-temperature yoga’s positive effect on blood pressure, little is known about hot yoga’s potential impact on […]

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New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps: Gel cushion used to elevate polyps during endoscopy could reduce the risk of tearing the colon lining

More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the United States every year, and in at least 20 percent of those, gastroenterologists end up removing precancerous growths from the colon. Eliminating these early-stage lesions, known as polyps, is the best way to prevent colon cancer from developing. To reduce the risk of tearing the colon […]

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Women’s wellness: Menopause misconceptions

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s fertility. By definition, it occurs one year after a woman’s last menstrual period. While menopausecan happen in a woman’s 40s or 50s, the average age is 51 in the U.S. Jacqueline Thielen, M.D., a women’s health expert from Mayo Clinic, says menopause is a journey that occurs over […]

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Another possible consequence of the opioid epidemic: hormone deficiencies

Many people who use opioid medications long term do not produce enough testosterone or another important hormone, cortisol, according to a new study. Results of what the researchers called “the most up-to-date and most comprehensive clinical review of endocrine effects of long-term opioid use” are being presented Sunday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual […]

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Older patients with Crohn’s disease benefit from new medications

Combining medications that suppress the immune system has been successful in treating young patients with Crohn’s disease, but some physicians have been reluctant to use this strategy in older patients because of concerns about safety. Now an Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics study indicates that older patients can be safely and effectively treated with such combined […]

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Supercomputing enables sound prediction model for controlling noise: Method could simplify process of designing Helmholtz resonators

Noise-cancelling headphones have become a popular accessory for frequent flyers. By analyzing the background frequencies produced by an airplane in flight and generating an “anti-noise” sound wave that is perfectly out of phase, such headphones eliminate disturbing background sounds. Although the headphones can’t do anything about the cramped seating, they can make watching a film […]

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Women who work nights are 9% more likely to have an early menopause

Women who work night shifts are nine per cent more likely to have an early menopause – even if it is only occasionally Disrupts the sleep-hormone melatonin, which may affect the ovaries Stress and tiredness might interfere with oestrogen, triggering early menopause Early menopause raises the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis  e-mail 16 View comments Women […]

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New research will improve diagnosis of antenatal anxiety

A landmark study by experts at the University of Stirling will help health professionals improve the identification of severe and problematic anxiety in pregnant women. Antenatal anxiety can be difficult to identify and current guidance recommends that health professionals apply the same screening tool used to detect anxiety disorders in the general population. Such generic […]