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A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis

A college rower at Kansas State University died after experiencing symptoms that she thought were caused by tonsillitis but turned out to be Lemierre syndrome, a rare bacterial infection. The student, Samantha Scott, died on October 27, not long after seeking medical attention. Two weeks ago, Scott, 23, started feeling pain and swelling in her […]

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Alzheimer's Disease: Can Exercise Prevent Memory Loss?

Can exercise prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function? Answer From Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. Possibly. Exercise has many known benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening the bones and muscles, and reducing stress. It also appears that regular physical activity benefits the brain. Studies show that people who are physically active […]

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How to Persuade Someone You Love to See a Doctor

If you’ve ever had a close friend, family member, or partner avoid going to the doctor when they clearly need to see somebody, you’re probably familiar with the mix of concern and frustration this situation can create. “Persuading another adult … to care for themselves can be trickier than you might expect,” psychologist Nancy Burgoyne, […]

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Early Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: Why Are They Often So Vague?

Generally, when you’re sick, you can plan on dealing with some annoying symptoms that indicate that something’s wrong. Unfortunately, early ovarian cancer symptoms aren’t usually so obvious. “Ovarian cancer has been known as the ‘silent killer’ because many women do not experience symptoms until after it is already widespread and considered advanced,” Eloise Chapman-Davis, M.D., […]

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Chrissy Teigen First Noticed Her Postpartum Depression Symptoms 3 Months After Giving Birth

Postpartum depression can be a distressing, often confusing, experience for new parents. Part of the issue, as Chrissy Teigen found out after giving birth to her daughter in 2016, is that postpartum depression symptoms don't always come on immediately. In a new interview with Glamour, Teigen remembers the moment she realized something wasn't quite right—and […]

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's: How Alzheimer's Is Diagnosed

To diagnose Alzheimer's dementia, doctors evaluate your signs and symptoms and conduct several tests. An accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia is an important first step to ensure you have appropriate treatment, care, family education, and plans for the future. Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia include: Memory […]

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Updated: What You Need to Know About Epidiolex, the First FDA-Approved Drug Made From Cannabis

Update: Back in June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug made from cannabis (marijuana) for the first time. Now it's officially available in the U.S. via prescription, GW Pharmaceuticals announced in a statement today. The drug, Epidiolex, is approved to treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. It's […]