Global Fatty Liver Day | The rising threat of liver diseases — why screening matters

Amidst the backdrop of India’s burgeoning health landscape, a concerning trend is emerging — the rise of lifestyle-related diseases, particularly those affecting the liver. With unhealthy habits taking a toll, fatty liver diseases, including Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), are becoming alarmingly prevalent. Numerous epidemiological studies suggest that NAFLD affects around …

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Viagra Improves Brain Blood Flow, May Help Prevent Dementia: Oxford Study

The study was published in the journal Circulation Research. Sildenafil, popularly known by its brand name Viagra, may have benefits beyond treating men suffering from erectile dysfunction, a new study has found. The drug has the ability to enhance blood flow to the brain and improve the function of blood vessels in individuals at high …

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Bioethicist explains how scientists are examining neural and behavioral markers to explore infant minds in new ways

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Babies blink, cry, and yawn—and a few weeks into their lives, they might smile. But do these movements mean that newborns have conscious experiences of perceiving the world around them? Or are these processes happening unconsciously? In recent years, scientists have paid increasing attention to consciousness—our subjective experience of the mind …

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Vitamin D Testing: Uncovering Potential Inaccuracies

Despite general improvements since its inception in 2013, the Vitamin D Standardization-Certification Program (VDSCP) has continued to highlight inconsistencies in the accuracy of vitamin D testing, leading to persistent patient misclassification beyond 2022. Knowledge of these inaccuracies are crucial for providers to further improve vitamin D assays and avoid misclassification.1 “Vitamin D tests help health …

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Tablets to increase sperm count: Do these supplements work on men? Harmful effects of prescribing these fertility pills | Health

Male infertility can be due to various health conditions and lifestyle factors, which lead to poor sperm parameters including sperm count, movement and shape that can lower the chances of pregnancy and one important factor is a low sperm count. There is a common misconception that taking tablets or supplements can significantly increase sperm count …

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Spurt in leptospirosis, dengue cases in Ernakulam

There is a spike in monsoon-related diseases, including dengue and leptospirosis, in Ernakulam over the past three weeks. Nearly 30 confirmed cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the district since May 24. Dengue cases have also gone up. Around 160 confirmed cases have been reported over the period, according to data available with the …

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US Teen Takes Pill To Relieve Pain, Dies Of Fentanyl Overdose

Fentanyl is more than 50 times more potent than heroin. Amid the unprecedented surge of fentanyl disguised as other substances, a single unprescribed pill can be deadly. This harsh reality struck close to home for a New York family who lost their daughter in 2022. Fox News reported that Paige Gibbons, a 19-year-old freshman at …

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How the Paris Olympics could become a super-spreader event for dengue

In September 2023, several people came down with dengue fever in Paris, France. The presence of this mosquito-borne disease was notable for two reasons. It was the most northerly outbreak ever recorded, and none of the people had travelled recently. This demonstrated it is now possible for dengue to be transmitted locally in northern Europe. …

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