General Health

SENESCENT CELLS

It is not easy to admit that you are getting on in years and the dreaded three-letter word “old” is far worse to hear than some four-letter words!  Rather use the fancy description that you have “senescence” and that your condition is caused by zombie cells in...

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BRAIN PLASTICITY

The brain is not only an extraordinary system, but also immensely flexible and adaptable.  The way in which cells in the brain and other parts of the nervous system can adapt to change serves important functions in the brain, such as learning, the forming and...

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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

As natural sugar is high in calories and a high intake can lead to weight gain, many people switch to artificial sweeteners, which are made from synthetic chemicals that give a sweet taste without the calories.  As artificial sweeteners are 200 times or more...

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DIVERTICULAR DISEASE OF THE COLON

A healthy colon is a smooth tube-like structure that is internally lined by a layer of epithelial (surface) cells.  The walls of the colon contain muscles, along with many small penetrating arteries that pass through the muscular wall of the colon to carry blood...

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BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT

While high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the latest research findings also highlight the negative effects of high blood pressure on cognitive function in the brain, as well as the importance of accurate blood pressure measurements....

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ARTERIAL PLAQUE

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.   The World Health Organization lists ischaemic heart disease as the number one cause of death in the world, followed by stroke in a distant second place.  Ischaemic heart disease, also...

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SALT AND YOUR HEALTH

Salt, just like sugar, is an inexpensive way to make food taste good.  One often observes people sprinkling salt over their food before tasting it, and some researchers suggest that the high consumption of salt is a habit, or even an addiction, learnt in...

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COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AFFECTED BY VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to more severe illness and an increased fatality rate due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Observational studies at the AZ Delta General Hospital in Roeselare,...

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COVID 19 VACCINES

Prevention is better than cure.  The global COVID-19 pandemic has no easy cure, resulting in more than two million deaths around the world.  With no dedicated cure in sight, scientists had to find ways to prevent people being affected by the highly...

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COVID 19 IN SMOKERS

The medical condition Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which primarily targets the epithelial cells, lining the surface of the respiratory passageways and lungs, where it causes viral...

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