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What to know about melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It is not the most common, but it is the most serious, as it often spreads. When this happens, it can be difficult to treat, and the outlook may be poor. Risk factors for melanoma include overexposure to the sun, having fair skin, and a family history of […]

Medical myths: All about heart disease

This week’s edition of Medical Myths will focus its beams on the many half-truths and misconceptions that surround heart disease. Among other topics, we cover smoking, coughing, exercising, supplements, and statins. Globally, heart disease is the number one cause of death. It is responsible for 17.9 million deaths each year. According to the Centers for […]

What is music therapy, and how does it work?

Music therapy involves using a person’s responses and connections to music to encourage positive changes in mood and overall well-being. Music therapy can include creating music with instruments of all types, singing, moving to music, or just listening to it. Music has powerful effects on the mind. Different styles of music can have a significant […]

Everything you need to know about inflammation

Inflammation is part of the body’s defense mechanism and plays a role in the healing process. When the body detects an intruder, it launches a biological response to try to remove it. The attacker could be a foreign body, such as a thorn, an irritant, or a pathogen. Pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and other organisms, […]

Quitting smoking may improve mental well-being

According to the results of a recent systematic review, quitting smoking may produce positive health effects in a matter of weeks. The review found that people who quit smoking had a greater reduction in anxiety, depression, and symptoms of stress than people who did not. If accurate, these findings could help motivate millions of people […]

The Key to a longer life

Findings from a new observational study support most of the current dietary guidelines on fruits and vegetables. Daily intake of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of death related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory disease. Starchy vegetables and fruit juices, however, did not appear to contribute to the […]

ALL ABOUT SUGAR (Medical Myth)

Over the centuries, this crystalline sweetener has invaded everyone’s snacks, drinks, guts, and minds. It has caused its fair share of controversy, too. Although everyone is familiar with sugar as a concept, we’ll start with a brief explainer. What is sugar? Sugar is a soluble carbohydrate — a biological molecule consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and […]

Kids Are Half as Likely to Get COVID-19 as Adults: Here’s What We Know

Growing evidence is showing that COVID-19 affects kids differently than adults. Children experience lower infection rates, accounting for less than 10 percent of cases in the United States. Infectious disease specialists say there are several factors that seem to protect children: immunity to seasonal coronaviruses, underdeveloped sinuses, and fewer chronic health conditions. A new model […]

My Parents Are Vaccinated but I’m Not. Is It Safe for Us to Visit?

There’s no zero-risk activity while the virus is still circulating. But older adults who have been vaccinated should feel more confident in taking part in activities with people who are considered low-risk.  For older adults who have been isolated from family and friends for the better part of a year to stay safe from the […]