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COSMETIC INFORMATION

Cosmetic procedures include a wide variety of surgeries and treatments that are performed not for essential medical reasons but primarily to improve an individual’s appearance. These procedures are performed by a doctor known as a cosmetic surgeon or a plastic surgeon. Because cosmetic surgery is typically not an essential medical procedure, it is often not covered by health insurance. In some cases, however, cosmetic surgery can be used to repair congenital defects or damage from an injury in order to improve a person’s appearance. Types of Cosmetic Surgery Hundreds of…

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10 Plant-Based Foods That Boost Your Immunity

Garlic The most pungent of the plant kingdom inhabitants, garlic contains the immune-stimulating compound allicin, which promotes the activity of white blood cells to destroy cold and flu viruses. It also stimulates other immune cells, which fight viral, fungal, and bacterial infections. Garlic kills with near 100 percent effectiveness the human rhinovirus, which causes colds, common flu, and respiratory viruses. Because allicin is released when you cut, chop, chew, or crush raw cloves, allow freshly chopped garlic to stand for 10 minutes and then cook it, sprinkle it over foods,…

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Testosterone Benefits Older Men With ‘Low T’ in Trials

A year’s worth of testosterone treatment in older men may help improve sexual function, mood, depressive symptoms, and possibly walking distance, but it doesn’t seem to improve vitality, suggests three coordinated trials encompassing 790 men aged at least 65 years. The new findings are from the first three of seven placebo-controlled, multicenter Testosterone Trials: the Sexual Function Trial, the Physical Function Trial, and the Vitality Trial. The trials stem from a 2004 Institute of Medicine (IOM) call for trials to assess whether testosterone benefits older men who have low testosterone…

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Excitement at new cancer treatment

A therapy that retrains the body’s immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission. White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back. But the data has not been published or reviewed and two patients are said to have died from an extreme immune response. Experts said the trial was exciting, but still only “a baby step.” The news bubbled out of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s…

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Schizophrenia Genes Worsen Effects of Early Cannabis Use

Cannabis use during early adolescence may accelerate the decrease in cortical thickness in males at genetic risk for schizophrenia, new research suggests. Decreased thickness of the cortex during male adolescence is part of normal maturation, study author Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD, Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience, senior scientist, the Rotman Research Institute, and professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of Toronto, in Canada, told Medscape Medical News. “But it looks like in those boys who have both tried cannabis before age 16 and have a higher risk score for schizophrenia,…

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Cocaine-Related Psychiatric Disorders

Cocaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found within the leaves of a shrub, Erythroxylon coca. The earliest reported use of cocaine dates back to times when the ancient inhabitants of Peru used the leaves for religious ceremonies. Cocaine was first isolated from the coca leaf in 1859. Its first use as a local anesthetic was reported in 1884. In the late 19th century, Sigmund Freud proposed cocaine for the treatment of depression, cachexia, and asthma. It later became prescribed for almost any illness and could be found in numerous tonics….

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PRAC: Take Fusafungine Nose/Mouth Sprays Off Market in EU

Nasal and mouth sprays containing fusafungine should be taken off the market in the European Union (EU), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) recommended today. Fusafungine is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent used to treat infections in the upper airways, including sinusitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. After reviewing fusafungine, the PRAC has concluded that the benefits of fusafungine do not outweigh its risks, particularly the risk for serious allergic reactions, according to an EMA statement. As previously reported by Medscape Medical News, the PRAC review was initiated…

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Alzheimer’s preventative drug hope

Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, acting like statins for the brain. In experiments on worms, University of Cambridge researchers identified drugs which prevented the very first step towards brain cell death. They now want to match up drugs with specific stages of the disease. Experts said it was important to find out if these drugs could work safely in humans. Statins are taken by people to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and the Cambridge research team says its work…

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Oral therapeutic drug shows promise against recurrent C. difficile infection

Results from a Phase 1b/2 trial suggest that an investigational microbiome-based, oral therapeutic drug is effective for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection. In a paper published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, a multi-institutional research team reports that treatment with the preparation, containing the spores of approximately 50 species of beneficial bacteria, successfully prevented recurrence of C. difficile infection (CDI) in patients with a history of multiple recurrent disease. This therapeutic drug also restored the participants’ gut microbiome – the microbial community within the gastrointestinal system –…

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Nutrition and breast cancer; starving triple negative breast cancer cells to death: an interview with Associate Professor Jeff Holst

Can you give me a brief overview of the role that nutrition plays in breast cancer? Interview conducted by James White, MPsych While there are a range of reports that different foods and food groups can increase or decrease your risk of cancer, these associations are very difficult to scientifically verify. However, there is research that has demonstrated a strong connection between environment, nutrition and cancer. Studies have shown that African and Asian women have a significantly lower incidence of breast cancer than those in western nations. However, for those…

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