On the Horizon: Stem Cells for Difficult Wounds

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From cuts and scrapes to deep wounds and burns, the skin doesn’t always heal the way it should. People with certain conditions, such as diabetes and limited mobility, often experience chronic, nonhealing wounds that dramatically impair their quality of life, but a solution may be in sight: stem cell therapy. While … Read More

Put a Halt to the Cycle of UTIs and Yeast Infections

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Many women are familiar with the vicious cycle that can result from getting a urinary tract infection (UTI)—the infection is treated with antibiotics, but then a vaginal yeast infection develops. Once you understand why this cycle occurs and what you can do to prevent the infections, you can break the cycle.

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Gout: A Type of Arthritis That is Linked With Heart Disease

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When you picture someone with gout, you may think of an older, overweight man who likes his burgers and Budwieser—and that wouldn’t be inaccurate. Being male and eating a diet that’s high in red meat, seafood, and alcohol—particularly beer—are common risk factors for gout. But gout also can be a painful, … Read More

Newsbriefs: Tracking the Path of Pain; New Antibiotic for Gonorrhea

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Tracking the Path of Pain

To better understand the body’s response to pain, researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) have identified activity in the brain that governs these reactions. Using heat as the source of discomfort, experiments showed that bodily responses to pain are controlled by … Read More

Relieve Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades

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If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist … Read More

Take Precautions to Avoid Overdosing on Acetaminophen

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Just as no winter is complete without cold and flu viruses circulating, research suggests that no cold and flu season is complete without an uptick in acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses. A recent study found that the odds of exceeding the recommended dose for the drug jumped significantly during the cold and … Read More

Your Fabulous Feet

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As you may know, it’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. That’s because walking around all day slightly enlarges and widens the feet. Feet (and shoe size) also change through the years. “Understanding the changes feet undergo over time can help minimize age-related issues and pain,” … Read More

MGH Study Discovers Brain Inflammation-Fibromyalgia Connection

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Fibromyalgia is a perplexing condition. It causes severe aches and pains, and can affect sleep, mood and memory. There is no simple diagnostic test and no cure. And treatments that help control symptoms in one person may not work for another with the same condition. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital … Read More

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