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Nine Ways to Make Your Skin Shine in 2019

“All the stresses and excesses of the holidays can leave your skin in bad shape, which makes you feel low, too,” said Megan Rogge, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “The challenge is that at the start of a new year, we all want to look great. The good news...

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My Cold Is Gone, So Why Am I Still Coughing?

One of the classic cold symptoms is a cough. When coupled with a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue, it can make you feel pretty miserable. Usually after a week or so, the cold runs its course and most of the symptoms go away. But for some people, the cough hangs around a little...

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How Does Social Drinking Become Problematic as We Age?

You may not realize it, but as we age, we become more vulnerable to developing an alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism. And, even if you don’t develop an alcohol use disorder, its important know that your body processes alcohol less efficiently the older you get, says Brad Lander, a clinical psychologist and addiction...

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Reducing Drinking Could Help with Smoking Cessation, Research Finds

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking, too. New research has found that heavy drinkers who are trying to stop smoking may find that reducing their alcohol use can also help them quit their daily smoking habit. Heavy drinkers’ nicotine metabolite ratio...

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Moderate Drinking Not Harmful for Older Patients with Heart Failure

A new study suggests that people over age 65 who are newly diagnosed with heart failure can continue to drink moderate amounts of alcohol without worsening their condition. The study, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, showed a survival benefit for moderate drinkers compared with those who abstained from alcohol. On average,...

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How ‘Dry January’ Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Saving Money and Losing Weight

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr. Richard de Visser, was...

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3D Printing Offers Helping Hand to Patients with Arthritis

Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost a quarter of the U.S. population lives with some form of arthritis. Daily tasks — like opening drawers, turning door handles — can be...

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Suicide Risk in Abused Teen Girls Linked to Mother-Daughter Conflict

Teenage girls who were maltreated as children are more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts if the relationship with their mother is poor and the degree of conflict between the two of them high. Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center found that the quality of the mother-daughter relationship and their level of...

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Physical Activity Lowers Risk of Death from Heart Disease

Frailty is a health condition that increases risks of poor health, falls, disability, and death in older adults. Signs of frailty include weakness, weight loss, slow walking speed, exhaustion, and low levels of activity. As our population ages, scientists expect that more and more of us will need to address frailty and its associated health concerns....