How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the lungs?

Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to lung tissue damage, which can result in a condition called pulmonary fibrosis. With this condition, lung tissue becomes thick and scarred, making it harder to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that causes chronic pain in the joints. RA can also affect …

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Specially Designed Batteries for Wearable Devices

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Germany have developed a way to pack dense batteries into flexible devices such as wristbands of wearable devices. The technology has the potential to provide the necessary power to medical wearables that will be required by next generation of power hungry multi-sensor devices. The investigators have …

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Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes risk

The importance of sleep is well-known. A recent study enforces this by demonstrating that sleep deprivation might increase diabetes risk — after losing just 1 night of sleep. A new study investigates the link between sleep and diabetes. Sleep is undoubtedly one of physiology’s most mysterious but essential functions. We all need it, yet the exact reasons …

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Be careful what you believe about screen time making you blind

The science behind the latest screen-time scaremongering If you believe the headlines that have been circulating over the past few weeks, staring at screens is ruining our eyes. “Blue light from phones, tablets could accelerate blindness and hurt vision, study finds,” USA Today declared. Only, that particular study didn’t actually test the blue light that comes out of screens …

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‘More potent’ Alzheimer’s therapy is on its way

Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are increasingly affected by memory loss, disorientation, and impaired decision-making. There are currently no cures for this condition, but researchers are taking steps to tackle some of its physiological sources in the brain. New developments in Alzheimer’s research are brining us closer to more precise therapies for this condition. Alzheimer’s disease is …

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Parkinson’s disease: Breath test for early diagnosis steps closer

Scientists in Israel have developed a breath test that can detect people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease destroys brain tissue and affects movement, but early detection may be possible with a new breath test. The team from Technion Israel Institute of Technology had previously shown that the test can detect people with Parkinson’s disease who are …

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What are the benefits of activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a fine, odorless, black powder often used in emergency rooms to treat overdoses. Its toxin-absorbing properties have a wide range of medicinal and cosmetic uses, though none are scientifically proven. Superheating natural sources of carbon, such as wood, produces activated charcoal. The black powder stops toxins from being absorbed in the stomach …

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