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Ordinary water may be an unexpected tool against obesity hormone

Ordinary water may be an unexpected tool against obesity hormone

Vasopressin, a hormone linked to diabetes and obesity, may be suppressed by water, potentially making it a tool against metabolic syndrome. The findings come from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where researchers found that fructose stimulates the hormone and water suppresses it -- at least in lab rodents.

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Walt Disney World stops adding digital facemasks in official ride photos

Walt Disney World stops adding digital facemasks in official ride photos

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted tourism all around the United States. While Disney World has opened back up for some guests, and while most are wearing masks, on occasion, people without masks come to the park. Some people don't wear masks due to medical issues. Disney World, like other amusement parks, takes photographs of people on rides.

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American Heart Association publishes dire high blood pressure warning

American Heart Association publishes dire high blood pressure warning

The American Heart Association has published a new study highlighting the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure, warning that no matter how long pressure is elevated and regardless of age, it puts brain health at risk. The study was published in the association's journal Hypertension, reporting that high blood pressure speeds up the rate of cognitive decline.

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

After weeks of buildup from the moment of announcement, Apple Fitness+ was released for several Apple device platforms. This includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The Apple Fitness+ program is included in the Apple One Premier plan alongside Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage.

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FDA explains why it authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

FDA explains why it authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Despite reassurances about its safety, many people remain skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine and indicate that they may not be willing to receive it. The FDA announced that it has granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine -- and it also explained why it granted the EUA.

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FDA warns two drugs recalled because the pills were mixed up

FDA warns two drugs recalled because the pills were mixed up

The FDA is highlighting a new voluntary recall from AvKARE over a pill mixup that may result in some patients taking the wrong medication. The recall covers one lot of Trazodone, a prescription used to treat major depressive disorder, and Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. Taking the wrong medication may be dangerous for some people.

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Daily wine and cheese may be a surprising way to keep your mind sharp

Daily wine and cheese may be a surprising way to keep your mind sharp

A study from Iowa State University has found that consuming certain food products may help preserve cognitive acuity in one's later years. The results, which were described as surprising, found that consuming alcohol and cheese every day may have a protective effect on one's cognitive function, as well as one type of red meat.

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Popular flavored vape liquids like cinnamon may be toxic to the heart

Popular flavored vape liquids like cinnamon may be toxic to the heart

A preclinical trial involving mice has found indications that the flavorings used in electronic cigarette liquids may be cardiotoxic. The researchers found popular flavors had a noticeable impact on heart cells that may lead to heart rhythm disorders, including vanilla custard, cinnamon, and the various fruit flavors.

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FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorization likely: What happens next

FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine authorization likely: What happens next

The US FDA plans to grant Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization, the agency has confirmed today, in a move that could see deployment of the drug as early as next week. BNT162b2, the mRNA vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company this year amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic, received the blessing of the FDA's vaccine committee yesterday.

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At-home COVID-19 test gets 1st FDA authorization for over-counter sales

At-home COVID-19 test gets 1st FDA authorization for over-counter sales

The first direct-to-consumer COVID-19 testing system has been authorized by the US FDA, paving the way to easier and more widespread diagnostics that don't require a doctor's prescription. The hope is that the LabCorp test will soon be available over-the-counter, in addition to existing availability online.

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Study finds sleep aid melatonin may boost memory and protect cognition

Study finds sleep aid melatonin may boost memory and protect cognition

Melatonin, a hormone available in supplement form and often sold as a sleep aid, may boost long-term memory and help protect from cognitive decline over time, according to a new study out of Japan. The potential benefits were linked to melatonin and two metabolites that result from it called N1-acetyl-N2-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK) and N1-acetyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AMK).

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces FDA panel today – Here’s what happens next

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces FDA panel today – Here’s what happens next

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine goes under the microscope today, with the FDA's vaccine advisory committee meeting to discuss whether it should recommend approving the drug for emergency use authorization. It's a significant milestone in the search to slow the coronavirus pandemic, though even if the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) gives Pfizer and BioNTech's BNT162b2 the green light, that doesn't mean it'll automatically be pushed out to hospitals and healthcare providers.

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