Children Exposed to Drugs, Violence Experience Higher Incidence of HIV as Adults

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Evidence suggests that exposure to certain types of mental and physical stress in adolescence may make it more likely that as adults they will practice behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection. A longitudinal study conducted by the University of Michigan over 18 years, from Sept. 1994–May 2013, studied the effects exposure to illicit drug use, and violence had on adolescents in later adulthood. The findings suggest that exposure to these factors could substantially increase the likelihood of HIV risky behavior. The study involved 850 Michigan students who were…

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Is your thyroid making you fat?

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Your thyroid gland does some heavy-lifting: The hormones it produces help to regulate your heart rate, keep your skin healthy, and keep your metabolism at the right speed. When you develop hypothyroid (the thyroid slows down), you can experience: Loss of energy, Dried out skin Aching joints Sudden weight gain Depression If your thyroid starts working overtime (hyperthyroidism) and secretes excess hormones, then you can experience rapid heartbeat, disturbed sleep, and rapid weight loss. Hypothyroid is More Common A majority of people suffering thyroid disease (about 80%) have hypothyroidism. When…

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Baby Boomers Must Become More HCV Aware

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C (HCV) than other adults. Through IV drug abuse and unprotected sex, baby boomers have reported such high HCV rates, Gavin Cloherty, PhD, director of Infectious Disease Research for Abbott’s diagnostics business told MD Magazine. As a result, there’s “definitely a stigma around this generation group and HCV,” Cloherty said. However, this isn’t necessarily because baby boomers as a group indulged in risky behavior. “Research suggests that the hepatitis C…

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Increase your testosterone with exercise

Let’s start with the facts. Most men will begin to suffer a gradual decline in testosterone after age 30. This decrease in T-levels may eventually result in: A reduced sex drive Poor sleep Erectile dysfunction Weight gain What causes T to decline? While aging does play a role, lifestyle can have the most significant impact. Stressful jobs, little or no exercise, sleep deprivation, and a poor diet can have a far greater effect on your testosterone levels. Let’s take a look at what changing one of these factors can do…

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Beat tough times by becoming an entrepreneuer

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We can’t control the economy. Good times come and go no matter what anyone does. Companies will hire you when things are good and cut hours or lay people off when they’re not. But, do you have to deal with this endless boom-bust cycle? Notice that it’s the employee that suffers the most when the economy turns down; business owners will tighten everyone else’s belts, before their own. It’s also scary for business owners when the money dries up, but they can use their practical know-how and experience to survive…

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Anticholinergic drugs for patients experiencing tardive dyskinesia

A systematic analysis of 712 references from the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group’s Study-Based Register of Trials investigated the use or withdrawal of anticholinergic drugs in patients experiencing antipsychotic-induced tardive dyskinesia (TD). Guy Schwartz, MD, neurologist, assistant professor and director of the Movement Disorders Section in the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook Medicine, explained the significance of these findings to MD Magazine. Tardive dyskinesia (TD), a potentially life-changing side-effect of long-term antipsychotic drug use to treat schizophrenia or other psychiatric conditions, features symptoms of involuntary, repetitive eye blinking, grimacing, and uncontrollable body…

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