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Current News in Health

Easily Stressed Teens have Increased Hypertension Risk Later in Life

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Hypertension is having a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg, a definition shared by all the medical guidelines. Heavy evidence has observed that easily stressed teens having an increased hypertension risk later in life. This increased hypertension risk results from psychological factors, such as childhood trauma, a person's propensity for impatience and hostility, financial stresses, depression and anxiety. To learn more about the effects of stress, find the article here.

 

Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

As a way to get more young healthy people to pay for health insurance, the government is placing fines on those who are uninsured. The minimum penalty rises to $695 in 2016 for someone uninsured a full 12 months. Find out more in this article.

 

Molecule Clears Alzheimer's Plaques in Mice

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A molecule can clear Alzhemer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests.  Find out more in this article.

Mexico to Get World's First Dengue Fever Vaccine

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Mexico has approved the use of the world's first vaccine against dengue fever, the health ministry announced. Find out more in this article.

Doctor Burnout Rates on the Rise

Surveys show a nearly 10 percent increase across a range of specialities in the U.S.  Find out more in this article.

Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

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There have been many studies on the effects of coffee. A recent study found a relationship between the effects of coffee and non-smokers. Depending on how many cups of coffee consumed, coffee drinkers lowered their risk of death (compared to non-coffee drinkers) by several percentages. There are published papers that link lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease with coffee consumption. Lignans and chlorogenic acid, chemicals in coffee, are known to reduce inflammation and control blood sugar. Both possibly helping to reduce the risk of heart disease as well. For more information, click here.

Word of the Week

Alopecia

Alopecia (n): the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Dermatopathology

Dermatopathology (from Greek δέρμα, derma, "skin"; πάθος, pathos, "fate, harm"; and -λογία, -logia) is a joint subspecialty of dermatology and pathology and to a lesser extent of surgical pathology that focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic and molecular level.

Neoplasia

Neoplasia n."The formation of tumors or a tumorous condition."

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary

Eczema

Eczema n."Atopic dermatitis, commonly referred to as eczema, is a chronic skin disorder categorized by scaly and itching rashes. People with eczema often have a family history of allergic conditions like asthma, hayfever, or eczema."

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Roseola

Roseola n. a symmetric eruption of small, closely aggregated patches of rose-red color caused by human herpesvirus-6.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Whelp

Whelp v. the action of a female dog giving birth to a puppy.

From the Oxford Dictionary.

Obdormition

Obdormition n. Numbness of an extremity due to pressure on the sensory nerve.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Vitrectomy

Vitrectomy n. The surgical removal of the vitreous (transparent gel that fills the eye from the iris to the retina).

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Mamelon

Vitrectomy n. One of three rounded protuberances present on the cutting edge of an incisor tooth when it erupts. These are worn away by use. 

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Vitrectomy

Vitrectomy n. The surgical removal of the vitreous (transparent gel that fills the eye from the iris to the retina). The surgery utilizes an instrument that simultaneously removes the vitreous by suction and cutting and replaces it with saline or some other fluid. 

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Chagoma

Chagoma n. A small granuloma in the skin caused by early multiplication of Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), a disease transmitted by bloodsucking bugs and caused by a parasitic protozoan, which can lead to damage in the heart and central nervous system.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Fardel

Fardel n. In medical terminology, it is the total measurable penalty that is incurred as a result of the occurrence of a genetic disease in one individual; one of two major quantitative consideration in the prognostic aspect of genetic counseling , the other being risk of occurrence.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Lupus

noun | lu·pus | \ˈlü-pəs\

A disease that affects the nervous system, joint, and skin.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary