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Chia Seeds and Dysphagia: A Cautionary Case Study

Chia seeds, rich in alpha-linolenic acid and high in fiber and protein, have become a popular health food item but should be used with caution by patients with dysphagia or known esophageal strictures.

Vasectomies Climb as the Economy Declines

Rates of vasectomies increased from 2007-2009, coinciding with the Great Recession, reports research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's 70th Annual Meeting.

Viral Mutation May Explain High Flu Rates in Middle-Aged Adults Last Year

A mutation in recent strains of the H1N1 influenza virus may explain why middle-aged adults were particularly impacted by the virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season.

Sleep and Ulcerative Colitis Risk: The Surprising Connection

Both too little and too much sleep may increase your risk of developing ulcerative colitis (UC), suggests a new study.

Do Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Have Antidepressant Effects?

Subgroups may benefit from anti-inflammatory treatment such as patients with elevated inflammatory markers or a somatic comorbidity.

Cardioprotection with an Erectile Dysfunction Drug? Study Says Yes

Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) have been used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension but could long-term, continuous administration of these agents provide effective cardiac protection?

CDC Tightens Guidelines on Caring for Patients With Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tightened previous infection control guidance for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola.

Parkinson's Meds May Spur Compulsive Behaviors

Medications commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may raise the risk of impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, compulsive shopping, and/or hypersexuality.

Twice-Yearly Doctor Visits Help Control Hypertension

Twice-yearly visits to the doctor can help keep hypertension under control better than only seeing the doctor once a year.

Study: MI Sans Substantial CAD Not Familial

The presence of myocardial infarction (MI) without substantial coronary artery disease (CAD) is not familial, according to a new study.