Cardiology

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A surprising study by German scientists has revealed that adding milk to tea stops its ability to dilate blood vessels and give antioxidant benefits, two protective factors for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. The study is published online in the European Heart Journal and was conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Berlin's Charité Hospital.

Disease

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Japanese scientists managed to use eggs created from stem cells, fertilize them, and produce mouse pups, according to an article published in Science. The scientists, from Kyoto University, first produced healthy mouse pups in 2011 using stem cell-derived sperm. They have now achieved the same by using eggs which were created in the same way.

Medical practice

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Sports injuries are a common cause of concussion. Helmets and protective equipment can reduce risk. This article investigates the causes, treatments, and diagnosis of concussion. Concussion is also known as mild brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, mild head injury, and minor head trauma. In 2009, there were 446,788 sports-related head injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States.

Other

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Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! But is carbonated water safe to drink? By now, everyone is well aware of the hazards of drinking soda, both sugary and sugar-free. But what about their less showy cousins, like seltzer water, sparkling water, soda water, and tonic water? There are claims that carbonation increases calcium loss in bones, causes tooth decay, causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and can make you gain weight even without the calories, sugar, and flavor that are found in regular soda.

Psychiatry

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When you see someone else scratching, you may start to feel itchy yourself - a response that falls under the definition of "social contagion." A new study sheds light on this phenomenon, after finding that our brain is hardwired to respond to another person's scratching. Researchers suggest that the brain is hardwired to respond to other people's scratching.

Retirees

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Diabetes drugs and blood thinners cause two-thirds of the 99,628 US senior hospitalizations each year because of drug adverse events, researchers from the CDC reported in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine). The authors added that hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved if focus were placed on education and drug management of patients with certain long-term (chronic) diseases and conditions.

Women health

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants should be given to adolescents who are sexually active as a reliable method of birth control, as recommended by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). An IUD is a long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). There are two types available in the U.