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Why too much vitamin D can be a bad thing

WT24 Desk A new study on the effects of vitamin D found that too much may lead to slower reaction times and increase the risk of falling among older people, MNT reports. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Without this, our bodies cannot absorb calcium, which is the main component of bone. Vitamin D may ...

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Stroke: Rewiring eye-brain connection may restore vision

WT24 Desk Many people who have a stroke also experience vision impairment as a result. New groundbreaking research looks at the mechanisms that play a role in this damage and shows that it may be reversible, MNT reports. Existing research shows that about 60 percentof people who have a stroke sustain vision damage. A stroke can affect different parts of the brain. When ...

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Could prescription vegetables be the future of healthcare?

WT24 Desk The authors of a new study conclude that healthful food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid would be more cost-effective after 5 years than preventive drug treatments, according to MNT. Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programs in the United States. Approximately 57 million people received coverage from Medicare plans in 2016, while Medicaid had about 66 million enrollees in 2018. Medicare is the federal health insuranceprogram ...

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How sugary drinks can fuel and accelerate cancer growth

WT24 Desk Is there a direct link between the added sugars in soft drinks and the growth of cancer tumors? The findings of a new study may settle this question, according to MNT. Researchers acknowledge that obesityincreases the risk of cancer, and some studies even consider the existence of a causal relationship between this metabolic condition and cancer. One important factor that can lead ...

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Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

WT24 Desk New research, which appears in TheJournal of Physiology,examines the role that gut bacteria might play in preserving the health of our arteries, according to MNT. An increasing number of studies suggest that the bacteria in our guts hold the key to healthy aging. For instance, a recent conference that Medical News Today reported on featured research in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. The results suggested ...

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Why narcolepsy is an autoimmune condition

WT24 Desk Previous research has suggested that narcolepsy may be an autoimmune condition. Now, a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications finds additional evidence that this may be the case, according to MNT. Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects a person’s sleep-wake cycle. The condition makes people feel excessively tired during the day. It may also cause them ...

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Heart disease and depression: Scientists find missing link

WT24 Desk Researchers already recognized the link between depression and heart disease. However, until recently, the mechanisms explaining it remained a mystery. A new study reveals that stress-induced inflammation may explain why mental and cardiovascular health are so intimately related, according to MNT. Heart disease is now the leading cause of death both in the United States and worldwide. Depression, meanwhile, is the “leading ...

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Groundbreaking blood test detects fibromyalgia

WT24 Desk New research finds an accurate way of diagnosing fibromyalgia and differentiating it from other related conditions. Using blood samples and innovative techniques, scientists have detected a “molecular fingerprint” that is unique to the condition, according to MNT. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects 2–8 percent of the worldwide population and approximately 4 million adults in the United States. Most of the people ...

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Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

WT24 Desk According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease, according to MNT. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our insides from the dangers outside. It also detects heat and ...

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Laser probe detects deadly melanoma in seconds

WT24 Desk Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. With its incidence rates continuing to rise, researchers are looking for ways to spot it early on. A new laser device may be able to do so instantly, according to MNT. “With skin cancer, there’s a saying that if you can spot it you can stop it — and that’s exactly ...

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