Both psychotherapy and antidepressants feasible options for managing depression in HF patients: JAMA

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that both psychotherapy and antidepressants are viable options for managing depression in patients with heart failure. The study suggests that both treatments can be beneficial for improving depressive symptoms in this population. The findings emphasize the importance of addressing depression in patients…

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Possibility of Wildlife-to-Human Crossover Heightens Concern About Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is spreading among deer populations and has the potential to infect humans. Research shows that the barriers to spillover into humans are less formidable than previously believed. Experts are working on a major initiative to address the threat of CWD, focusing on public health surveillance, lab capacity, diagnostics, risk communication, and…

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Meet your gut microbes: Lactobacillus brevis—a fermentation superstar

Fermentation techniques in food production have become popular, with lactic acid fermentation being a significant contributor. Lactic acid bacteria are instrumental in producing a low pH environment that prevents food spoiling. Lactobacillus brevis, a bacterium that thrives in slightly acidic pH, is often present in fermented products like sauerkraut and pickles. The bacteria produce organic…

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Exercise shapes our gut health, study finds

A recent study published in EBioMedicine found that physical activity levels are associated with changes in the gut microbiota. By using accelerometer-based assessments, researchers collected data from 8416 individuals to determine the impact of sedentary, moderate, and vigorous activity levels on gut microbiome abundances. The study showed that sedentary habits were linked to increased risk…

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Find Others Who Share Your Journey

Erika Page has lived with vitiligo since she was seven years old, and found strength and connection through the vitiligo community. She felt isolated and alone until she connected with others online and in person, and found a sense of normalcy and understanding. This inspired her to create a positive platform, Living Dappled, to share…

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Proinflammatory Diet May Prompt Worse Pain Course in Knee OA

Higher scores on the dietary inflammatory index in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) were linked to increased pain over 10 years of follow-up. The study involved 944 adults aged 50-80 with KOA, who underwent MRI and completed a pain questionnaire. Results showed that higher dietary inflammatory index scores were associated with greater pain, but not…

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