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Number of people buying prescription medications outside U.S. could rise with unemployment, uninsured rates

Buying prescription drugs from outside the United States could become more common with millions of Americans unemployed and uninsured because of the coronavirus pandemic.About 2 million Americans—1.5% of adults—purchase medications outside the country to save money, according to a study by researchers at the University of Florida published online Wednesday in JAMA. Researchers found that […]

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Findings weaken notion that size equals strength for neural connections

Learning, memory and behavioral disorders can arise when the connections between neuron, called synapses, do not change properly in response to experience. Scientists have studied this “synaptic plasticity” for decades, but a new study by researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory highlights several surprises about some of the basic mechanisms by which […]

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New study confirms high prevalence of depression during the menopause transition

Depression has been shown to be prevalent during menopause, affecting as many as 70% of women transitioning into menopause. A new study not only confirms the high prevalence of depression but also the greatest risk factors for it in postmenopausal women, as well as any relationships with anxiety and fear of death. Study results are […]

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Breast cancer drug, olaparib, depletes store of immature eggs in mouse ovaries

Australian researchers have shown for the first time that a new drug used to treat breast cancer patients damages the store of immature eggs in the ovaries of mice. The authors of the study, which is published today in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals, say the drug olaparib is being […]

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New study finds that menopause increases risk of metabolic syndrome

Perimenopause is a time when women become more vulnerable to a number of health problems. A new study based on data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging identified menopause as a risk factor for the development of metabolic syndrome or some of its components, including hypertension, central obesity, and high blood sugar. Study results […]

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Lifetime discrimination may increase risk of hypertension among African Americans

Lifetime discrimination is a chronic stressor that may increase the risk for hypertension also known as high blood pressure, in African Americans, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. “Previous studies have shown that discrimination affects African Americans’ health; however, this research is one of the first large, community-based […]

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Heinz launches ketchup, salad cream, BBQ sauce and mayo ice cream kits

Ever squeezed ketchup over your dinner, only to think ‘if only I could add this to dessert too’? No, us neither. Well it seems someone at Heinz has as the brand is now producing kits for you to make your own ice cream flavoured with five different condiments. The options are ketchup, mayo, salad cream, […]