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Screen Time and Eye Health

Computer vision syndrome A common disorder that is attributed to screen time and eye health, is Computer Vision Syndrome. This is a complex syndrome caused by the overstraining of the visual system because of prolonged work at the computer or other digital screen. Screen time. Image Credit: StoryTime Studio/Shutterstock.com The term "computer vision syndrome" was […]

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What are the Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on Gut Health?

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes that are commonly consumed in the diet. In the past couple of decades, artificial sweeteners have become increasingly popularised as a noncaloric additive to sweeten foods and drinks. As well as being incorporated into many food products and beverages, they are also components of pharmaceutical products. Artificial sweetener consumption […]

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What Are the Health Implications of Saunas?

Saunas are typically used for wellness, relaxation, and pleasure. Emerging evidence suggests that there are several health implications of saunas, which include a multitude f health benefits. Sauna bathing is associated with a reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, as well as neurocognitive disorders and non-vascular conditions such as pulmonary disease, mental […]

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COVID-19 and Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids have been advised as a drug to target the host immune response in patients affected with severe lung inflammation due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This treatment has been beneficial in reducing the mortality rate significantly. Corticosteroids have been in use for over 70 years and have shown some benefits in the treatment of […]

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The Medical Uses of Venom

There are over 100,000 animal venoms in the world. Animal venoms are complex mixtures of biological compounds, both enzymatic and non-enzymatic, that act mainly on ion channels or G-protein coupled membrane receptors, along with components of the clotting system. These are highly selective compounds with high affinity. Early History Venoms come from reptiles such as […]

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How is a Face Transplant Performed?

What is a face transplant? A face transplant is a medical operation that involves the replacement of all or specific parts of the face using the facial tissue of another person (donor). A portion of the area called Vascularized Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (VCA) includes transplants of the skin of the face, the structure of the […]

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Ultrashort-pulse lasers kill bacterial superbugs, spores

Life-threatening bacteria are becoming ever more resistant to antibiotics, making the search for alternatives to antibiotics an increasingly urgent challenge. For certain applications, one alternative may be a special type of laser. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that lasers that emit ultrashort pulses of light can kill multidrug-resistant […]

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Cancer moonshot grant funds research into reducing health disparities

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address disparities in cancer research, treatment and outcomes in underrepresented populations. The research, funded through the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot program, will focus on African American patients with colorectal cancer and multiple […]

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How do Microplastics Affect Our Health?

The use of plastic is one of the conveniences of modern life, but in recent years microplastic contamination has become an emerging global concern. Microplastics ––plastic particles measuring less than 5mm ––are everywhere ––from the deepest oceans to the air we breathe. Their small size and mass mean they are readily transported by wind and […]