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High Caffeine Levels May Lower Body Fat, Type 2 Diabetes Risks

Higher blood caffeine levels appear to reduce the risks for both adiposity and type 2 diabetes, the results of a new study suggest. Explaining that caffeine has thermogenic effects, the researchers note that previous short-term studies have linked caffeine intake with reductions in weight and fat mass. And observational data have shown associations between coffee …

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How to Recognize and Treat Hidden Inflammation

Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) fights viruses and bacteria. However, sometimes it targets the body itself. “This then leads to inflammation, the healing of which the body is unable to keep under control,” explained Ulf Müller-Ladner, MD, PhD, chairperson of the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM). At the DGIM annual press conference, Müller-Ladner, who is also …

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Eyedrops Delay, May Even Prevent, Nearsightedness

Dilating eyedrops may delay ― and perhaps even prevent ― the onset of myopia in children, according to findings from a study published in JAMA. The study was conducted by researchers in Hong Kong. Myopia is irreversible once it takes root and can contribute to other vision problems, such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, …

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Broken Heart Syndrome

Background Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as stress cardiomyopathy and “broken heart syndrome,” is a sudden, transient cardiac syndrome that involves dramatic left ventricular apical akinesis and mimics acute coronary syndrome (ACS). It was first described in Japan in 1990 by Sato et al. Patients often present with chest pain, have ST-segment elevation on electrocardiography (ECG), …

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New European Kidney Function Equation: Improvement in Performance?

A new equation for calculating a person’s kidney function — their estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) — worked as well with serum cystatin C as it did with serum creatinine as the biomarker. And in both cases, the new equation was more accurate for gauging renal function compared with the method currently endorsed for widespread …

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Best Diets in 2023

This year, U.S. News, with the help of more than 30 nutritionists, doctors, and epidemiologists, ranked 24 diets in several categories to help people find a plan that meets their goals, whether it’s finding the best weight loss diet, easiest one to follow, or plans for other goals, such as managing diabetes or heart disease. …

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