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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Understanding Nutrition Labels

Introduction We often find people glancing at a nutrition label in grocery stores but only a small percentage of them can interpret the nutrition label correctly. With the variety of packaged food available nowadays it has become essential to know what ingredients we’re consuming and how much. The numbers on the nutrition labels can be quite tricky to understand, however, […]

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‘Back together, celebrating Match Day’

Together again. A tight-knit group, the Class of 2022 at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis gathered in person and with their loved ones Friday, March 18, to celebrate Match Day, the momentous milestone when U.S. medical students learn where they will train as residents after graduation. For many, the ceremony allowed collective, palpable excitement — an atmosphere […]

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Humoral vs Cell-mediated Immunity

The innate/general resistance system and the adaptive system are the two main subsystems of the immune system. To generate an efficient immune response, the innate and adaptive systems constantly interact with one another. The innate immune system, also known as general resistance, consists of several defensive mechanisms that are constantly active and serve as the first line of defense against […]

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The Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Human Health

As modern-day humans began to emerge from Africa, the divergent characteristics of archaic groups, which were precursors to other archaic human groups, namely Neanderthals and Denisovans, began to overlap spatially and temporally. Modern DNA sequencing has unearthed several regions of the modern human genome that show evidence of introgression from a small number of meetings between human and archaic ancestors […]

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The Genetics of Pre-Eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy disorder that is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. The condition typically arises after 20 weeks of pregnancy and in severe cases, red blood cell breakdown occurs resulting in low blood platelet count, compromised liver function, kidney dysfunction, shortness of breath due to fluid buildup in the lungs, swelling, […]

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La catarata de información sobre la inscripción a Medicare no explica bien las opciones de Medigap

La temporada anual de inscripción abierta de Medicare ya está en marcha, y millones de beneficiarios, impulsados ​​por una masiva campaña publicitaria, y con la ayuda de un sitio web federal detallado, elegirán un plan Medicare Advantage privado. Pero aquellos que han optado por el Medicare tradicional se enfrentan a una decisión crítica sobre los seguros privados. Con demasiada frecuencia, […]

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COVID-19 and Health Supplements

A deficiency in micronutrients including zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, D, and E have been shown to be deleterious during viral infections. Meanwhile, supplementation with multivitamins, for example, has been shown to reduce the risk of respiratory infection. Image Credit: Lallapie/Shutterstock.com So, can dietary supplementation and herbal ‘medicine’ help ameliorate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? If so, they present a potentially […]

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