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Coeliac disease can cause irreversible changes to immune cells

Immune cells in the bowel of people who suffer with coeliac disease are permanently replaced by a new subset of cells that promote inflammation, suggests a new study involving researchers at Cardiff University. This permanent ‘immunological scarring’ lays the foundation for the disease to progress and could have long-term implications for gut health in affected

How to help a friend with negative body image

It’s common to feel uncomfortable with different aspects of our bodies or to want to make small changes here and there. However, sometimes this dissatisfaction with our bodies can start to become a burden. Here are some tips for helping a friend who may be struggling with negative body image and where to find support.

How to not get sick: 8 ways to avoid colds and the flu

Although most cold and flu infections occur during the fall and winter seasons, the viruses responsible for these illnesses are present year-round. Fighting off a viral infection takes its toll on most people, causing them to miss days at work and valuable time with their friends and families. In this article, we describe eight evidence-based

Does Social Media Push Teens to Depression? New Study Says No

FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 — Time spent on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook probably isn’t driving teenagers to depression, a new study contends. In fact, Canadian researchers found the relationship worked in the opposite direction — teenage girls who were already depressed tended to spend more time on social media, to try to feel better. These

We Need to Stop With the #BoyMom Nonsense

If you look on Instagram, you’ll find 6.6 million #BoyMom posts and only 2 million #GirlMom posts. I’m guilty of it. Many are. We take pride in our kids. And because of that, we sometimes take pride in the uncontrollable pieces of them, like their gender. But when you dig a little deeper and really

A reservoir of bacteria—sink drains next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor dangerous organisms

Sinks situated next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The study found a high prevalence

Health Tip: Take Breaks to Recharge

— Toiling straight through the work day isn’t good for your mind or your body, the American Psychological Association says. The association recommends taking regular breaks to refuel and help alleviate stress. Here are its suggestions for including regular breaks during your day: Take short “microbreaks” by stretching, daydreaming, chatting or texting with friends, reading

Bloody show: What it means and what to expect

Vaginal discharge is a common symptom throughout pregnancy. Fluctuations in a woman’s hormone levels can cause changes in the consistency, amount, and appearance of vaginal discharge. Women should monitor their vaginal discharge throughout their pregnancy. This is especially important during the last few weeks before their due date. Not only is bloody show a normal

Kitchen Garden: I just called to say I clove you

The Department of Broccoli is an inspired name for a venture developed last year at Canberra City Farm by Evan Turnbull and Katie Mills of Hughes. They appeared in a Kitchen Garden column in May 2017, when Evan was making blocks of frozen pesto from a huge crop of basil and Creole Long Storers garlic

7 Mediterranean Diet Dessert Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

The Mediterranean diet has been around far longer than any other trendy eating plan. It’s based on traditional cooking of countries like Italy and Greece, and science has backed its health benefits time and time again. Based on fruits and veggies, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats, the Mediterranean diet could help you lose weight,

Screen Time Linked to Poorer Child Developmental Performance

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 — Screen time is associated with poorer performance on developmental screening tests among young children, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in JAMA Pediatrics. Sheri Madigan, Ph.D., from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and colleagues examined the directional association between screen time and child development in a

A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned handguns increased. This shift in firearm preferences over decades from mostly rifles to mostly handguns coincided with increasing firearm-mortality rates in young children, researchers report Jan. 28, 2019, in Pediatrics. “Almost 5

Heroic dog guides ambulance to save his unconscious owner

One spirited golden retriever is being praised as a hero on Chinese social media after valiantly guiding an ambulance to locate his owner, who had fallen unconscious. (Newsflare) One spirited golden retriever is being praised as a hero on Chinese social media after valiantly guiding an ambulance to locate his owner, who had fallen unconscious.

5 Things To Know About Over-the-Counter Antihistamines

Here are some tips to help you choose the best OTC antihistamine for you. What is an antihistamine? Antihistamines are commonly found in OTC allergy, sleep, and cold or flu medications. They work by blocking the effects of histamine, a natural chemical that your body makes when an inflammatory reaction takes place—like when you have