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Can Aging Be Cured?

Photo by Sai Balaji Gadhiraju @Unsplash Aging has the potential to alter the proteins making up our genetic code and break our DNA. However, a new anti-aging study focusing on the cellular promoters of aging may bring scientists closer to finding ways to cure aspects of growing older. Gene expression All organisms contain a specific […]

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Proprioception and Chronic Pain

Photo by Ahmad Odeh @Unsplash There appears to be a link between proprioception and chronic pain. Non-specific low back pain and neck pain are two of the most common chronic pain complaints1 with reasons often being a lack of muscle (and functional tissue) balance in the body coupled with muscle activation problems.2 Chronic painful conditions […]

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Fibromyalgia Myths

Photo created by DALL*E There are opposing discussions between clinicians, researchers, and stakeholders on the legitimacy and classification of fibromyalgia (FM) as a disease. In addition, because the fibromyalgia symptoms are many and don’t have conclusive diagnostic criteria, there is confusion despite the number of patients suffering.1 This is why myths exist regarding the disease. […]

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A New Opioid Addiction Treatment?

Image by Reno Beranger @Pixabay The battle to find an opioid addiction treatment is not going well. Previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, the death rates from opioid overdoses were terrible. Since the pandemic, the number of overdoses has skyrocketed, with the United States recording over 80 000 opioid-related deaths.1 Fentanyl is one of the troublesome […]

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Is Fluoride in the Water Bad?

Image by Jenny Friedrichs @Pixabay Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water, soil, and air.1  Water is a primary source of dietary fluoride. Still, it’s also present in tea, seafood containing bones or shells, and supplements.2  Other sources include oral hygiene products like fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.1  Fluoride and dental health  Fluoride can lead […]

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Treatments for Rosacea Symptoms

Photo by Mike B @Pexels Rosacea (pronounced roh-zAY-shuh) is a condition characterized by facial skin inflammation.1 Rosacea can be quite uncomfortable and aesthetically frustrating. Luckily, there are options available to relieve symptoms. However, treatments are specific to the rosacea symptom meaning you need the right rosacea treatment for the right symptom. Rosacea symptoms Type one […]

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Alzheimer’s Early Disease Detection

Chris Hemsworth as Thor who recently shared his early detection results publicly. Image by Syaifulptak57 @Pixabay Alzheimer’s disease is a life-threatening illness that affects people all over the world. Early disease detection with genetic tests continue to be developed to address a growing need. With Alzheimer’s, one can experience memory, thinking, and behaviour impairments when […]

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Robotics in Healthcare

Image by Hueng Soon @Pixabay Robotics in healthcare is becoming a norm, and a new drug-delivery system called RoboCap is the latest addition to the field. What is robotics? Robotics in healthcare is a branch of engineering that uses technologies and nanotechnologies like machinery and artificial intelligence to support and improve human capabilities. Some of […]

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DIY Mole and Skin Tag Removal: Is it safe?

Photo by CottonBro Studio @Pixabay Is DIY mole and skin tag removal safe? Medical advice would say, “no.”  Skin tags equally affect 50% of men and women.5  Skin tags are medically known as acrochordons and typically appear in adulthood. However, skin tags are now appearing in childhood.5 The rise in children with skin tags may […]

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio @Pexels Increasing numbers of infants and children are missing school and other critical developmental activities because of the current triple threat. The triple threat comprises COVID-19, the seasonal flu, and a lesser-known virus. This lesser-known virus is the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and used to be a yearly virus floating around. […]

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Beauty Products Causing Cancer

Image by Ryan McGuire @Pixabay Beauty products, like hair products, may contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs are “chemicals or a mixture of chemical compounds that interfere with normal hormone actions,” increasing cancer risk.1,2  Certain people have a greater chance of being exposed to these chemicals. Evidence shows who needs the most protection and what products […]

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Botulinum Toxin Resistance

Photo by Soana [email protected] What is the botulinum toxin? The botulinum toxin is frequently known as the reason behind botulism. Luckily this is a different form of the toxin. The botulinum toxin is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.1 One effect of this toxin’s exposure is reversible muscle paralysis.2 People often know botulism as food […]

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Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Photo credit Pexels: Matilda Wormwood Commonly considered a haven, hospitals can sometimes be where an infection is acquired. Whether it is a primary care, surgical, or emergency room visit, there may be a risk of pathogen exposure.  One metric that measures this phenomenon is a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI).1 It’s a means of judging overall […]

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Aromatherapy for Sleep

Pixabay Photo Credit: Mohamed Hassan. Aromatherapy for sleep and relaxation has been used for centuries. Despite this, we are still overly stressed and sleep-deprived. Our sleep duration needs can vary throughout our lives. An infant’s needs range from 10-16 hours.1 Children and young adults come in a close second with a need for 8-12 hours, […]