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Body odour is something that is very common and normal too. Even if you are someone who showers everyday, it is highly possible that there is a hint of body odour by the end of the day. This happens because you go out in the sun, you sweat, there is dirt and most importantly you …
  • December 14, 2022
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A new study in the medical journal Pediatrics says there has been a steady increase in the number of children and teens who visited emergency departments to get help for suicidal thoughts. Visits to the ER with suicidal thoughts increased 59 percent from 2016–17 to 2019–21, and about a quarter of those visits resulted in hospital stays. Study co-author Dr. Audrey Brewer said many of the young people who were hospitalized with suicidal thoughts had other mental health problems like anxiety, depression and substance use.

If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or hopeless, help is available. Consider talking to a sibling, a friend’s parent, or a teacher or school counselor. You can also contact the U.S. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988, or Talk Suicide Canada by calling 1-833-456-4566.
  • December 12, 2022
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Cut it and eat it, simple bite into it, have it as the star ingredient of your cheesecake or beautify your rich creamy chocolate cake with it. We just love consuming strawberries, don’t we? But did you know that even your skin loves strawberries? Yes, that’s exactly why strawberries are used in numerous skin care …
  • December 12, 2022
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The clinical objectives of this prospective, random, convenience series were:

1. Compare a novel fibre-optic pH test device (NGPOD) to gastric aspirate and pH testing for nasogastric tube (NGT) confirmation.

2. Determine if the new device reduces the need for chest radiography (chest X-ray, CXR).

Methods

Recruitment of patients over the age of 18, requiring NGT feeding.

Exclusion criteria: oesophageal gastrointestinal surgery within 3 months; all those with partial or total gastrectomy; bleeding gastric and duodenal ulcers; gastric cancer; those with oesophageal varices; those considered to be inappropriate.

The index test, NGPOD, comprises a fine, flexible fibre-optic sensor passed down the NGT, then connected to an electronic device. A green light indicates pH ≤5.5, and a red light if pH is >5.5.

The reference test is withdrawal of gastric aspirate and testing with universal pH indicator strips then comparison to a colour chart. Second-line testing is establishing NGT position by CXR or subjective clinical assessment (SCA) in intensive care unit (ICU).

Results

The analysed data set contained 174 subjects who had undergone 496 tests, 96 initial and 400 repeat NGT checks.

For all patients, NGPOD can reduce the need for CXR or SCA by 21.2%.

In ICU, NGPOD can reduce the need for CXR or SCA by 24.5%.

When performing initial tests, immediately after tube placement, NGPOD can reduce the need for CXR or SCA in 61% of patients.

With repeat testing, NGPOD can reduce the need to progress to CXR or SCA in 16% of tests.

Conclusions

The objective, yes—no result delivered by NGPOD, eliminates the subjective reading of a pH strip colour change, reducing the subjective element. The index test has the opportunity to reduce risk, improve safety and decrease the numbers of patients requiring X-ray. It, therefore, has the potential to reduce never events associated with NGT misplacement.

  • December 8, 2022
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Over 40, many bodily functions decline and important nutrients and hormones that your body produces, causing the deterioration visible to...
  • December 6, 2022
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A new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science says the brains of U.S. teens physically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and show signs of aging faster than normal. Researchers from Stanford University compared MRI scans of 163 teens, with half of the scans taken before the pandemic and the other half at the end of 2020. The scans taken during the pandemic showed the teens’ brains had grown in the areas that can help manage fear and stress and control access to memories, and thinning in the part of the brain that controls skills such as concentration and time management. More research will be needed to know if these changes are permanent or temporary effects of the pandemic.
  • December 5, 2022
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Laser therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment to reduce and stabilize blood pressure and blood sugar to prevent thrombosis and...
  • December 1, 2022
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Introduction

Stunting or linear growth faltering, measured by length-for-age Z-score (LAZ), remains a significant public health challenge, particularly in rural low-income and middle-income countries. It is a marker of inadequate environments in which infants are born and raised. However, the contributions of household resource insecurities, such as food and water, to growth and growth trajectory are understudied.

Methods

We used the cluster-randomised Sanitation Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy trial to determine the association of household-level food insecurity (FI) and water insecurity (WI) on LAZ and LAZ trajectory among infants during early life. Dimensions of FI (poor access, household shocks, low availability and quality) and WI (poor access, poor quality, low reliability) were assessed with the multidimensional household food insecurity and the multidimensional household water insecurity measures. Infant length was converted to LAZ based on the 2006 WHO Child Growth Standards. We report the FI and WI fixed effects from multivariable growth curve models with repeated measures of LAZ at 1, 3, 6, 12 and 18 months (M1–M18).

Results

A total of 714 and 710 infants were included in our analyses of LAZ from M1 to M18 and M6 to M18, respectively. Mean LAZ values at each time indicated worsening linear growth. From M1 to M18, low food availability and quality was associated with lower LAZ (β=–0.09; 95% –0.19 to –0.13). From M6 to M18, poor food access was associated with lower LAZ (β=–0.11; 95% –0.20 to –0.03). None of the WI dimensions were associated with LAZ, nor with LAZ trajectory over time.

Conclusion

FI, but not WI, was associated with poor linear growth among rural Zimbabwean infants. Specifically, low food availability and quality and poor food access was associated with lower LAZ. There is no evidence of an effect of FI or WI on LAZ trajectory.

  • November 30, 2022
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Title: Vaginal or C-Section, Method of Childbirth Won't Affect a Couple's Sex Life Later
Category: Health News
Created: 8/24/2022 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • August 25, 2022
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Title: Vaccines Have Slashed Rates of HPV Infection in Young American Women
Category: Health News
Created: 8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 8/23/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • August 23, 2022
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