Health & Spirit

Hypopressive Hype

Health / Scott LaFee /

Hypopressive exercise, also known as hypopressive abdominal gymnastics, is a relatively new type of exercise touted as a way for women to manage leaky bladders or prolapsed wombs. It's all about intensely activating postural muscles while controlling breathing.

It's also very popular, promoted by physical therapists, athletic coaches and ...Read more

Sound Emotions

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Eyes may be windows to the soul, but if you really want to know how someone else is feeling, Yale University scientists suggest closing your eyes and listening. They say tone of voice may be a better indicator of figuring out others' emotions than looking at facial expressions or body language.

The researchers conducted a series of published ...Read more

Fatty Breath

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When you exercise, you burn carbohydrates, such as sugar. If you exercise long and hard enough, you burn fat too. Currently, the only way to know for sure when you're actually burning fat is to measure biomarkers in blood or urine, which is obviously problematic if, say, you're in the middle of a swim or long run.

Swiss researchers, however, ...Read more

Makena Buck

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Take a couple of aspirin before you read this. Generic is OK.

For years, compound pharmacies -- places where drugs can be mixed to meet specific patient needs -- have made a drug that helps prevent preterm births. The generic cost of the therapy averaged $206 per pregnancy, according to the health news service STAT.

Then the FDA granted KV ...Read more

The Pain of Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a painful, persistent, puzzling skin condition. It typically occurs on knees, elbows and scalp, but can appear almost anywhere. There are a variety of causal factors: stress, bacterial infections, immune system dysfunction, genetics. It's complicated to treat -- the most frequent therapy are topical steroids, but they can have ...Read more

Foaming at the Eye

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Emergency room doctors see a lot of things. Lately, they report seeing injuries from Nerf guns, a children's toy that propels flying darts of foam. A newly published case report describes three patients showing up at one hospital on separate occasions with internal bleeding in the eye caused by being hit by a foam dart.

The report recommends ...Read more

New Mole, New Problem

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If you're on the lookout for suspicious signs of skin cancer, in particular melanoma, new moles may be more problematic than old ones. A team of dermatologists looked at more than 20,000 melanoma cases from dozens of past studies. They found that 71 percent of melanoma diagnoses were related to new moles. The remainder were from existing moles...Read more

A Fishy Drug Problem

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Seeking to learn more about the biology of addiction, researchers at the University of Utah have built a system that allows zebrafish to give themselves small doses of hydrocodone, an opioid synthesized from codeine.

After a week, according to STAT, the fish started taking risks if it meant they could get another dose and when the hydrocodone...Read more

What Happened Next

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The opioid epidemic has been much in the news. But for every fatal overdose in the United States, there are an estimated 30 non-fatal opioid overdoses. Each of those events represents an opportunity for clinical intervention and prevention of a future overdose.

But what happens next in most cases is mostly nothing at all. In a study of 6,000 ...Read more

High, Kids

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Elevated blood pressure levels aren't just for adults anymore. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports the ailment is increasing in children. It's estimated that 3.5 percent of kids in the U.S. have hypertension, or chronic high blood pressure. The rise is worrying enough that a new set of screening and treatment guidelines are being ...Read more

Bad News, Guys

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which are used in everything from pesticides and sunblock to plastic water bottles and non-stick pans, mimic sex hormones. That's not a good thing. One of the suggested harms is reduced male fertility.

A new study documents just how bad the problem has gotten. An international team of scientists sifted through ...Read more

Rich in Hype

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Take a pint of whole blood and extract all of its red blood cells and what's left is platelet rich plasma, a concentrate of platelets (cell fragments that promote clotting) and a variety of growth factors that proponents say stimulates healing when re-injected into soft tissue injuries.

The treatment is quite popular, especially with ...Read more

Complete the Course?

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When doctors prescribe an antibiotic treatment, they invariably remind patients to complete the full course, i.e. don't stop taking your pills at day 7 of a 10-day treatment just because you're feeling better. The admonition is based on the idea that stopping treatment prematurely might mean not all of the targeted pathogen is gone, leaving it...Read more

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