Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a chemical compound that the body requires as a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone. The liver produces about 80% of the body’s cholesterol and the rest comes from dietary sources like meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and dairy products. Foods derived from plants contain no cholesterol. […]

The 5 Metabolic Myths With Dr. Jade Teta

If you’ve been counting calories and exercising as part of a health and wellness program, there can come a time when the scale suddenly stops moving. But beyond the horizon of the fitness industry’s fetish with the scale and dogmatism of “calories in vs. calories out and “eat less, exercise more” lies the truth about what our body really […]

Determinants of maternal healthcare utilization among married adolescents: Evidence from 13 Sub-Saharan African countries

Abstract Objectives Child and adolescent marriage are widely prevalent in some developing countries, and yet evidence on the maternal healthcare utilization of married adolescents is sparse. This study sought to identify the determinants of maternal healthcare utilization among married adolescents in 13 countries with the highest adolescent marriage rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Study design This […]

New molecule could help improve heart attack recovery

Imagine there were a drug that you could take soon after a heart attack that could reduce damage by protecting healthy heart muscle tissue. “Cardiologists say that when a heart attack occurs, time is muscle,” said Robert Gourdie, director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Center for Heart and Reparative Medicine Research. Without […]

Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch

Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument. The sensation is also an essential part of the body’s protective defense system, alerting us to objects in our environment that could cause us to fall or injure ourselves. In addition, it is part of […]

Common blood pressure drug may increase cardiac arrest risk

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If a person does not receive treatment, cardiac arrest can be lethal within minutes. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), in the United States, around 475,000 people die from cardiac arrest each year. It claims more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, pneumonia, influenza, vehicle accidents, firearms, HIV, […]

Moles, Freckles, and Skin Tags

There are several skin lesions that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses. Moles and Your Skin Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and […]