Is Keto Cycling Healthy? Here's What to Know About the Controversial Diet

Chances are, you’ve read about or know someone who’s on the keto diet, or perhaps you’ve experimented with it yourself. Short for “ketogenic,” the keto diet is an extremely low-carbohydrate eating plan that sends the body into ketosis—a state of burning fat for energy, rather than sugars. People on a ketogenic diet consume 50 grams or fewer of carbohydrates per day and […]

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Unique mechanism of action inhibiting paracellular phosphate absorption

Ardelyx, Inc. today announced that the novel mechanism of action for tenapanor for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia, or elevated serum phosphorus, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine. Tenapanor is a sodium/hydrogen exchanger 3 (NHE3) inhibitor currently being evaluated in a second Phase 3 registration trial, the PHREEDOM trial, for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with […]

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Things your husband wishes you would do less often

People often say marriage is hard work. According to Dr. Stephen Mentz, a leading authority on families, children, youth, and the life course, attributed marriage difficulty to four main reasons — all of which have to do with tension. Couples battle tension between commitment and self-fulfillment, tension between the modern view of marriage not only as an “emotional bond” but […]

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Short Story for Kids: Tenali Rama, the Second

By Subhadra Sen Gupta It was a cool, sunny morning in the city of Vijayanagar when the tall, dark man in spotless white cotton clothes strolled out of his house. Enjoying the beautiful day, he walked slowly towards the palace of King Krishna Deva Raya. Past the orchards of a nobleman’s mansion, he was walking under a stone gateway when […]

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Exposure to arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium linked to increased risk of heart disease

Exposure to arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, finds a comprehensive analysis of the evidence published by The BMJ today. In recent years, exposure to environmental toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper, and mercury have become a major global health concern. Arsenic and cadmium, for example, are […]

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Genetic susceptibility to lower vitamin D levels and calcium intake not linked to fracture

Having a genetic predisposition to lower vitamin D levels and calcium intake is not associated with an increased risk of osteoporotic fracture, conclude researchers in The BMJ today. Their findings add to the ongoing debate over the benefits for the general population of vitamin D supplementation, which is recommended by clinical guidelines to prevent fractures. The findings also back recent […]

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Spinal muscular atrophy drug may be effective if started later than previously shown

A drug shown to be effective in the treatment of babies with the rare muscle-wasting disease spinal muscular atrophy may be effective for muscle control even when treatment is started in children seven months and older, according to a study published in the August 29, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous […]

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CDC: greater awareness of valley fever needed nationally

(HealthDay)—Greater nationwide awareness of the fungal infection Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) is needed, according to a report published in the August issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases. Kaitlin Benedict, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues conducted enhanced surveillance in 14 states in 2016 by identifying coccidioidomycosis cases according to the Council of State […]

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