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Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

There's a growing interest in using the anesthetic drug ketamine as a treatment for major depression that doesn't respond to therapy and other pharmaceutical drugs. In past studies, ketamine has been found to improve depression symptoms in a large percentage of participants, sometimes after a single treatment. Questions have remained over how the drug helps this condition and a new study may have the answer.

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WHO: New Ebola outbreak appears in DRC alongside COVID-19 and measles

WHO: New Ebola outbreak appears in DRC alongside COVID-19 and measles

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing a new Ebola outbreak as the previous one enters its final phase, the World Health Organization has revealed. The new outbreak comes amid multiple other outbreaks in the region, including ones involving COVID-19 and the measles. A total of six new Ebola cases have been identified; four of those patients have died.

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Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

On Friday, Moderna announced that its mRNA vaccine targeting the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 has been given to the initial round of humans participating in its Phase 2 trial. The announcement comes only two weeks after Moderna detailed the results from its Phase 1 testing, which involved dosing people ages 18 to 55. If all goes as planned, the Phase 3 trial will start in July.

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When COVID-19 and flu collide: Multiple factors determine severity

When COVID-19 and flu collide: Multiple factors determine severity

Public health officials have warned that the US likely faces a second wave of COVID-19 infections later this year, one that is expected to happen right around the start of the flu season. This is problematic for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it is possible to contract the flu and coronavirus at the same time. A new report details four big factors that will likely influence the severity of the upcoming flu season.

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FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

FDA warns popular diabetes drug has cancer risk, seeks multiple recalls

In a statement this week, the Food and Drug Administration warned that its laboratory has discovered impurities in some batches of popular diabetes drug metformin that may be a cancer risk. The discovery involves "several lots" of the extended-release (ER) version of metformin, prompting the agency to seek voluntary drug recalls from five different companies.

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Add gut health and disease prevention to long list of coffee benefits

Add gut health and disease prevention to long list of coffee benefits

A new study has found that coffee may help protect against common gut health problems like gallstones, as well as supporting beneficial gut bacteria that confer a variety of protective effects. The study was published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee; it builds upon a large body of existing research into the beverage's potential health benefits, others of which include improved blood sugar, decreased Alzheimer's risk, and more.

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The CDC has bad news if a COVID-19 antibody test made you think you had immunity

The CDC has bad news if a COVID-19 antibody test made you think you had immunity

COVID-19 serologic tests that aim to identify whether people have already come into contact with coronavirus could be giving false hope, the CDC has warned, cautioning that false-positives are likely in many situations. Currently, two types of COVID-19 testing are primarily underway as the extent of the pandemic is measured, focusing either on whether patients are currently infected with the virus, or whether they have been in the past.

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Study warns it only takes a few months of vaping to ruin your mouth

Study warns it only takes a few months of vaping to ruin your mouth

A new study warns that it only takes a few months of vaping to pave the way for oral diseases and potentially even cancer. This effect was found in vapers who were otherwise young and healthy regardless of whether they vaped liquids with or without nicotine. Changes in bacteria in a vaper's mouth were found to have occurred within months of use, allowing harmful microbes to get a foothold.

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Certain exercises linked to improved blood flow in key brain regions

Certain exercises linked to improved blood flow in key brain regions

It's no secret that aerobic exercise can help protect and even improve brain health, and now a new study can potentially explain why. According to researchers with UT Southwestern Medical Center, aerobic exercise may improve blood flow in two key parts of the brain. This may be particularly beneficial for older adults who are risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

Popular thyroid drug recalled because it’s ‘super potent’ says FDA

The FDA has alerted consumers about a recent recall from Acella Pharmaceuticals, which has recalled its popular natural thyroid product after discovering that it is too potent, putting patients at risk of getting too much thyroid hormone. Though hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, too much thyroid hormone can be deadly, causing high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and more.

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The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC is singing a familiar song: stop snuggling, kissing, or otherwise being physically affectionate with chickens. The message has been preached many times in the past, each in reference to outbreaks of Salmonella, a bacterial disease most commonly acquired through contaminated water or food. Salmonella is common among chickens, as well, and that's a problem for backyard farmers.

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Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

The ketogenic diet, more commonly referred to as 'keto,' causes dramatic changes in gut bacteria that contribute to a reduction in inflammation, according to a new study. The findings come from the University of California - San Diego, where researchers found that the ketone bodies produced by a high-fat, low-carb diet may contribute to reduced inflammation.

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