Experimental drug reduces risk of death from blood vessel rupture in mice

An experimental drug therapy protects mice from sudden death due to the rupture of a major blood vessel in the abdomen, according to a study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, available online in Biomaterials Advances, may lead to a new strategy in treating abdominal aortic aneurysm, a condition in which the wall […]

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Human Health Solutions through Animal Research

IntroductionThe Key Role of Animal Research1. Animal Research and Basic Biology2. Animal Research and Human Disease3. Animal Research and Treatment Strategies4. Mandatory Animal TrialsHistorical Role of Animal ResearchIssues with Animal ResearchPoor CorrelationMisleading ResultsNew DirectionsProductive Use of FundingUsing Relevant ModelsConclusionReferencesFurther Reading Animal research is at the center of much debate, often acrimonious, largely due to the increased rights afforded to animals in recent times, at […]

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How Much Sleep do People Need?

IntroductionWhy is Sleep Important?How Much Sleep is Needed?What are the Signs of Sleep Deprivation?How to Improve Sleeping Time and Quality References Further Reading Good quality sleep is essential for optimal mental and physical functioning. The amount of sleep required for a healthy life varies with age. A lack of sleep can significantly affect the health of people with chronic diseases. Healthy sleep. […]

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The Psychology Behind Nail Biting

IntroductionIs Nail Biting Actually a Medical Condition?Nail Biting and Young PeopleThe Psychology of Nail BitingReferencesFurther Reading Nail biting is a common behavior often viewed as nothing more than an annoying habit. The behavior is all too often ignored. However, nail biting can be serious and it is a misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder. This article probes nail-biting as a medical condition, […]

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The Effect of Optimism on Health

IntroductionWhat is Optimism?Optimism and the Emergence of Positive PsychologyOptimism and Physical HealthOptimism and Mental HealthReferencesFurther Reading There is growing recognition of the effectiveness of optimism as a positive psychological function and tool for better mental and physical health. Positive thinking. Image Credit: eamesBot/Shutterstock.com This article discusses positive psychology and recent research into positive mental attributes like optimism in the context […]

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How Will Open Access Research Help Tackle Future Pandemics?

IntroductionGlobal Initiatives for Open Access Research During the COVID-19 PandemicCORD-19Data SharingThe Impact of Open Research on the COVID-19 Pandemic The Role of Open Access in Tackling Future PandemicsReferencesFurther Reading Open access research has transformed scholarly communication. This is because it has enabled the free flow of scientific information, both new and old, among scientists, which has been extremely useful to their […]

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What are the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Examples of fermented food The range of health benefits of fermented foodsThe synthesis of nutritive and bioactive compoundsAddition of commensal microbes to the gastrointestinal tractProbiotic characteristics of fermented food microorganismsReferencesFurther reading Fermented food or food fermentation is a food processing technology that harnesses the growth and metabolic activity of microorganisms for the stability and transformation of food. Historically, fermentation was […]

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Health and Wealth

IntroductionBackgroundInequalities Breed Ill-healthIll-Health Breeds Economic InstabilityInequalities Breed StressThe Way OutReferences There is abundant proof that money does buy better healthcare, better health, and a longer life. On the other hand, good health is linked to the ability to create wealth, as well. Thus, there are strong links between several health indicators over the average life span of individuals and their […]

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Healthcare Avoidance

Avoidance of healthcare is defined as keeping away from medical care that is thought to cause mental or physical harm. On the face of it, seeking healthcare for medical conditions seems to be an intuitive thing to do. However, many people seek to avoid healthcare even when they need it. It is necessary to understand how often and why this […]

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What is Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome?

Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba Syndrome (BRRS) is a congenital genetic condition defined by a group of characteristic features. These include macrocephaly, intestinal polyps, pigmented penile macules, multiple hemangiomas, and lipomas. First described in 1971, BRRS has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. The signs and symptoms of Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome appear at birth or in early childhood. Despite the lack of formal diagnostic criteria, […]

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