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Alcohol mixed with energy drink causes similar risk as cocaine

Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages trigger changes in the adolescent brain, similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood, according to a recent research conducted at Purdue University. Lead researcher Richard van Rijn looked at the effects of highly caffeinated energy drinks and highly caffeinated alcohol in adolescent mice. These alcohol studies cannot be performed in adolescent humans but changes seen in mouse brains with drugs of abuse have been shown to correlate to those in humans in many drug studies. These energy drinks can contain as much…

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What Causes Hearing Loss? It May Have to Do with Your Genes

Hearing loss or hearing impairment is a partial or complete inability to hear. It can be in one or both the ears. Certain conditions like ageing, damage or trauma to the ear, birthing complications, infection, noise or genetics are the leading causes of hearing loss. Hearing impairment can be permanent or temporary and can be cured with different treatments. It can be diagnosed by taking a hearing test. If a person is unable to hear 25 decibels they are claimed to be suffering from hearing loss. It can be categorised…

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SIBO: Symptoms and Causes of This Gut Infection

SIBO is the acronym for “small intestinal bacterial growth”. It is referred to as the large accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine. The small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract. This is where the food intermingles with digestive juices and the nutrients get absorbed into the bloodstream. When you have SIBO, as food passes through the small intestine, the bacterial overgrowth interferes with the healthy digestive and absorption process. The bacteria associated with SIBO consume some of the foods and nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms including…

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What is Epilepsy: Its Causes and Treatment

The word “epilepsy” comes from the Greek word, “epi” which means “upon” and “leptos” which means “seizure”. People with epilepsy tend to have recurrent seizures (fits). The seizures occur because of a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. This causes a temporary disturbance in the messaging systems between brain cells. During a seizure the patient’s brain becomes “halted” or “mixed up”. Every function in our body is triggered by messaging systems in our brain. What a patient with epilepsy experiences during a seizure will depend on what part…

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Ebola Strikes Again: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola virus or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe illness in humans caused by a virus which is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit Bats of the Pteropodidae family are known to be natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola virus disease outbreaks were first discovered to be occurring in remote villages in Central Africa around the rain forests while a later outbreak in West Africa. It involved major urban as well as rural areas. An Ebola patient suffers severe fever, muscle…

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Men’s Health: 6 Causes of Fatigue and How to Prevent Them

Are you at work, facing issues finishing off the tasks at hand because you feel tired? Have you ever wondered, “Why am I so drained?” We have a habit of blaming our fatigue on our fast-paced and hectic lifestyle. And most of the time, we are right. In fact, feeling exhausted is so common in people these days that it has its own acronym, called TATT, which stands for “tired all the time.” You can fix this by making a few changes in your lifestyle, such as getting more sleep,…

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