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Strong friendships in adolescence may benefit mental health in the long run

  New research suggests that having close friendships as a teenager leads to better mental health as an adult. As a teenager, few things are as important as having close friends with whom to share intimate secrets over long phone conversations. But do these friendships also benefit us into adulthood? …

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Cerebral spinal fluid analysis: Tests and results

Cerebrospinal fluid protects the brain and spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis is a test used to diagnose conditions that affect the central nervous system. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear liquid that is produced mostly in the ventricles of the brain. It surrounds and protects the brain and the spinal …

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What is sputum?

Sputum is a type of mucus that may be expelled when coughing. Sputum is produced when a person’s lungs are diseased or damaged. Sputum is not saliva but the thick mucus – sometimes called phlegm – which is coughed up from the lungs. The body produces mucus to keep the …

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Leukemia: Mushroom protein could be used in future treatments

A protein found in Coprinus comatus mushrooms could kill a type of leukemia cell, study suggests. A protein found in the edible mushroom known as “shaggy ink cap” might be able to kill a type of leukemia cell, new research suggests. Coprinus comatus, also known as “shaggy ink cap” or …

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Embracing negative emotions could boost psychological well-being

Researchers say that accepting negative emotions could make us feel better. When feelings of sadness or disappointment take hold, most of us do our utmost to escape them. However, according to new research, embracing these darker emotions is more likely to benefit psychological health in the long-term. In a study …

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Cell death: Is our health at risk?

When cells burst and die, their contents are released, causing inflammation. The life and death of the cells in our bodies are tightly regulated. This is essential for normal function and limiting damage. But cell death can have side effects, and if it malfunctions, our health is at stake. Every …

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1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA – BBC News

Image copyrightTHE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD (ROYAL 12 D XVII)Image captionAn eye salve from Anglo-Saxon manuscript Bald’s Leechbook was found to kill MRSA A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said. Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and …

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Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Researchers demonstrate a process known as tissue nanotransfection at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In laboratory tests, this process was able to heal the badly injured legs of mice in just three weeks with a single touch …more Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and …

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Hyperalgesia: Causes, types, and treatment

A symptom of hyperalgesia is an extreme reaction to painful stimuli. Hyperalgesia is a condition where a person develops an increased sensitivity to pain. What may not hurt most people can cause significant pain in an individual with hyperalgesia. Although there are many potential causes associated with hyperalgesia, the condition …

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Costochondritis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Usually costochondritis will resolve itself with home treatment, and is a temporary condition. The ribs are connected to the breastbone by tough, protective tissue called cartilage. When this cartilage becomes inflamed, the condition is known as costochondritis or chest wall pain. While this condition is usually temporary, it can be …

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