Opioid use can lead to constipation. The person may notice that they pass formed stools less often than usual, and the stools that are hard and difficult to pass. Opioid-constipation is a common problem for people using some types of pain relief medication. Figures suggest that between 21 and 90 percent of people who use
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People do not know exactly what causes Parkinson’s disease, but there is evidence that certain factors may make it more likely to occur. Read on to find out more about genetic factors and environmental exposures that might make Parkinson’s disease (PD) more likely to appear in some people. Some of these are unavoidable, but for
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Many people want to know the answer to this question: How much should I weigh? However, there is not one ideal healthy weight for each person, because a number of different factors play a role. These include age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and body fat distribution, or body shape. Having excess weight can affect a
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Pancreatic cancer is often very aggressive and treatment-resistant, and survival rates are typically low. The authors of a new study in mice, however, may have found a fresh way of attacking these stubborn tumors. Researchers have now identified a protein that is a very promising therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer. According to estimates by the
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Parkinson’s disease is a complex condition with a wide range of symptoms. There is currently no cure, but treatment can help relieve symptoms, slow disease progression, and improve quality of life. Treatment approaches include medication, surgery, alternative and complementary therapies, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) vary widely so no
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Gary Gottlieb is in a prime spot to see how technology companies are shaking up health care. A trained psychiatrist who previously ran Partners Healthcare in Boston, one of the largest hospitals in the country, Gottlieb has spent the past three years working in venture capital, tracking how emerging start-ups and big tech companies are
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Freckles are small, harmless marks that appear on the skin. Genetics and sun exposure are the primary causes of freckles. Some people are more likely to get freckles than others, depending on their genes and skin type. If a person is genetically more likely to develop freckles, exposure to sunlight can make them appear. Freckles
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Neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause tingling, numbness, and other sensations, often in the feet and hands. Neuropathy is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Doctors believe it happens because chemotherapy damages healthy cells, including nerves. Chemotherapy can damage nerves that affect feeling and movement in the hands and feet. Doctors call this condition
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Opioids provide pain relief for people with many conditions, including later-stage cancer. However, these drugs can also have adverse effects, including constipation. People use opioids to manage severe pain. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) can cause further discomfort, which can affect a person’s quality of life. However, treatment is often available through natural means or in the
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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition with a wide range of effects, including problems with movement, blood pressure and thinking, and mood, sensory, and sleep difficulties. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) usually begin gradually, and they affect each person differently. The symptoms a person has will vary widely, regardless of how severe they are
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An increasing number of recent studies are asking an important question: Do gut bacteria hold the key to healthy aging? New research, recently presented at the London Microbiome Meeting, brings us closer to the answer. Research presented at the London Microbiome Meeting zoomed in on the role of bacteria for human health and aging. In
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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had a stern warning for the pharmaceutical industry on Friday, a day after the Trump administration proposed a plan to change the way Medicare pays for certain expensive drugs. Speaking from the Brookings Institution in Washington, Azar said Big Pharma cannot stand by and defend the status quo
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People with diabetes need to be aware of their carbohydrate intake. Although potatoes are a starchy vegetable, it is still possible for a person with diabetes to enjoy them as part of a healthful diet. When a person eats, the body converts the carbohydrates and sugars into a simple sugar called glucose, which enters the
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of conditions that affect how well a person breathes. Doctors usually treat the condition with bronchodilators but may also prescribe steroids. Risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include cigarette smoking or exposure to irritants, such as chemicals or pollution. These factors can damage the air sacs
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Regular exposure to stress can impact our physical and mental health, but how does it actually affect our brains? One new Harvard Medical School study answers that question. According to new research, high levels of stress hormones can impact how well the brain functions. Stress — especially when we experience it on a regular basis
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Emotional exhaustion can arise when someone experiences a period of excessive stress in their work or personal life. When people experience emotional exhaustion, it can make them feel emotionally drained, overwhelmed, and fatigued. These feelings tend to build up over a long period, though people may not notice the early warning signs. This can have
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Researchers from Colorado and Florida have found that a drug commonly used to control blood pressure could have another use: preventing and treating type 1 diabetes. Researchers have identified a blood pressure drug that could help to prevent type 1 diabetes. The new research — co-authored by Dr. Aaron Michels, an associate professor of medicine
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Cancer ribbons are simple loops of ribbon that people wear to show their support for people who have cancer or to spread awareness about the disease. There are many different types of cancer ribbons, each with their own symbolic color. In this article, we list all the cancer ribbon colors and their purposes, as well
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Regulators are considering prohibiting some e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and confining them to vape shops, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. High school e-cigarette use surged 77 percent last year, Gottlieb said in an interview on “Squawk Box,” citing preliminary figures from the federal Youth Tobacco Survey. Middle school
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Having itchy eyebrows is not usually something to worry about. It may be annoying, but it will often go away on its own. In some cases, it may be a sign of a skin condition, an infection, or an allergic reaction. This article will look at what it might mean to have an itch in
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