Health

Toxoplasmosis is a serious infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can have devastating effects, especially when contracted for the first time during pregnancy. The infection can be picked up from various sources, including infected cats, contaminated water, undercooked meat, and shellfish. Most people experience mild symptoms, but if a pregnant person becomes infected,
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Sepsis is a severe condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes harm to its tissues and organs. It can lead to cognitive impairment, disability, and even death. In cases of septic shock, vitamin C levels in the body are significantly reduced. This prompted researchers from the University of Melbourne to investigate
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A recent study conducted by the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) found alarming levels of bacteria in tattoo inks and permanent makeup products. The research revealed that approximately 35 percent of commercial samples contained bacteria, including aerobic and anaerobic species. This poses a significant
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Recent research conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong has delved deep into the connection between autism spectrum disorder and the microbiome residing in the gut. Unlike previous studies that focused solely on bacteria, this new analysis also looked at fungi, archaea, and viruses present in the digestive tract. The team developed an extensive
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The recent classification by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency on talc as “probably carcinogenic” for humans has sparked concerns and debates. Talc, a naturally occurring mineral mined in many parts of the world, is commonly used in talcum baby powder and cosmetics. The decision was based on various evidence, including the link to ovarian
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common gram-negative bacterium, has earned its reputation as a comic book villain among microbes. Despite being encountered in everyday environments without causing harm to most individuals, this devious killer can exploit the smallest gaps in our defenses to become a runaway infection. Its ability to infiltrate sterile spaces and its ranking on
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Penis cancer, although rare, is on the rise in Europe, with experts predicting a significant increase in cases by 2050. While developing countries traditionally have had the highest rates of penis cancer, the trend is shifting towards a rise in cases in European countries as well. One of the main risk factors for penis cancer
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The latest data from the US indicates that approximately 6.9 percent of American adults have experienced long COVID symptoms, affecting around 17.8 million individuals. These findings shed light on the demographic variations among US adults in terms of susceptibility to the lingering effects of COVID-19. The data shows that certain groups are more prone to
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Facial thermal patterns have been the focus of a new study conducted by scientists in China. The study analyzed the heat coming off a person’s nose, cheeks, and eye area to determine how well an individual is aging and if they are at risk for certain diseases. Through the use of artificial intelligence, researchers were
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Long COVID is a complex and devastating illness that continues to baffle researchers and healthcare professionals. Contrary to early beliefs that it may be psychosomatic in nature, a recent study has shed light on the biological underpinnings of this misunderstood disease. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, CellSight Technologies, and Kaiser Permanente South
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