Can depression cause a stroke?

When I asked my mother's neurologist what caused her stroke – she bore no evident cardiovascular risk – he said, "depression." Depression, says Professor Craig Ritchie, the chief executive and founder of Scottish Brain Sciences, "may well be an upstream trigger for physical health". It might even have been a significant risk factor for the Alzheime...
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What is AI's view on gender identity?

Here is my conversation with Gemini AI. [Me] Hi pal, what are the key issues with gender ideology? [AI] The term "gender ideology" itself is a bit contested. Critics often use it to describe a wide range of ideas about gender, and some argue it's a way to dismiss legitimate areas of study (https://www.awid.org/resources/brief-gender-ideology-narrat...
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How to reduce micro-plastics contamination

Microplastics have been detected in food consumed by humans or in the air. Therefore, they may affect human health through food consumption or inhalation. Ingested or inhaled microplastics may accumulate in the body and trigger an immune response or cause local particle toxicity. The PlastChem Report report outlines chemicals of concern that can be...
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Anti-inflammatory foods that can make a difference

An anti-inflammatory diet will reinforce your immune system against virus and bacterial invaders, and it will help to boost your energy and moderate allergies such as hayfever. However, to achieve good results you should always consider 2 aspects: nutrition and lifestyle. For example, it's nearly useless to have a balanced diet if we spend nights w...
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Why sexual desire dropped for many women ?

It has been almost four years since the world went into lockdown from the Covid-19 pandemic — but don't be surprised if you haven't brought sexy back yet. Sexual function — which includes factors like desire, arousal and pleasure — in men and women decreased significantly after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a January 2022 meta-an...
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The benefits of Dandelion and Chicory

Dandelion leaves, roots, and flowers may offer health benefits. These can include promoting liver health and fighting inflammation. Although often dismissed as a stubborn lawn weed, people have used dandelion in forms of traditional medicine for centuries. Not only can the leaves, roots, and flowers add color to your plate, but they're also often f...
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What is the impact of microplastics on human health?

Scientists have recognized plastic pollution as an environmental problem for a long time, but recently it has increased substantially and become more urgent to manage. Besides the visible plastic pollution, like bags and bottles, the focus also has come on the invisible form – the microplastic particles. The study of microplastic contamination of f...
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How Blue-Origin or SpaceX relates to Vedanta?

​ Let's try to explore what it takes to evolve beyond the human mind, and why it can be difficult to do it. Planetary and interstellar rockets have a common characteristics: they need power to lift and win the Earth's gravitational pull. Of course the same apply to satellites that are meant to orbit the Earth too and in this case the need to mainta...
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Can exercise age you?

It's commonly accepted that physical activity helps strengthen the body and sharpen the mind. But how exactly does exercise benefit our bodies? When we exercise, our body engages in physical activity and increases our heart rate beyond resting levels in order to send oxygen to the different parts of our body. Our heart adapts to the stress and beco...
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Is walking faster good to control diabetes?

An international team of researchers, including from Imperial College London, wanted to ascertain the optimal walking speed to stave off the disease. They looked at ten studies published between 1999 and 2022, which included follow-up periods of between three and 11 years. Some 508,121 adult patients were included in total, from across the UK, Japa...
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What are the Genetic risks of cannabis?

Scientists have pinpointed gene variants tied to the risk of developing cannabis use disorder, in which people build up tolerance to weed and struggle to cut back despite negative impacts on their life and health. For some individuals cannabis becomes problematic and involves tolerance, dependence, and difficulty to withdrawal. To probe potential g...
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Taking vitamins could help tumors to grow?

We've already discussed in this blog how so-called natural supplements can do more harm than good. But a new study brings that to the next level: Taking vitamin or mineral supplements could be feeding tumours and allowing them to grow. Common antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and selenium and zinc when taken additionally can all cause blood vesse...
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What is the effect of garlic on Liver?

Garlic is a potent food with many beneficial effects for the body because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Many liver diseases such as alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, liver infection, and many other liver diseases are a result of oxidative and/or inflammatory damage. Garlic can potentially protect the ...
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10 foods that can hurt you

1. Farmed salmon There's a lot of debate around whether farmed salmon is bad for health. On the one hand, all oily fish contain health-boosting omega-3 fats. On the other, salmon raised in fish farms has been compared to a "toxic junk food" by the Organic Consumers Association. The flesh tends to be fattier than that of wild-caught salmon and has a...
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What is trauma denial?

According to Freud, denial is a defense mechanism that protects the individual from emotional pain. It gives us time to adjust to difficult situations. However, staying in the denial phase can interfere with your ability to function in everyday life. If you're in denial, you're attempting to protect yourself from the truth. You might feel overwhelm...
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Is transgender linked to sex chromosomes?

​ Being transgender has to do with how a person feels about their gender, not how many X's or Y's they have. At birth, doctors look at the genitals of our bodies to see if we are a boy or a girl, and most of the time, when someone physically looks like a boy, they also feel like they are a boy in their brains. People whose feelings about their gend...
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What are the risk factors of head and neck cancer?

Head and neck cancer is a general term to describe different cancers in this area. These cancers start in the tissues in the head and neck area. About 12,200 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the UK every year. This includes cancer of the larynx (voicebox). In the UK, head and neck cancer is the 4th most common cancer in men. The ma...
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How many probiotics survive in Yogurt?

Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve useful bacteria (normal microflora) in the body. Yogurt is a probiotic whereas Prebiotics are foods (typically high-fiber foods) that act as food for probiotics. However, when we eat yogurt not all useful bacteria reach the intestine. The concentrat...
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What are the 3 elements of consciousness?

Consciousness is the ability to be conscious of ourselves and the surrounding. But I think this definition should extend to everything that exist in Nature, not just human beings. For example, according to Biology a virus may not be considered alive as it cannot reproduce on its own. However, a virus is aware of the surrounding since it targets cel...
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Jeremy Bentham proposed a link between happiness and right action. What is the challenge of this approach?

​ Jeremy was an English philosopher who lived between mid 1700 and early 1800. While happiness may seems a good candidate to define what a right action could be, defining happiness can be challenging. That's because if we say something increases our happiness, we must first define what is happiness, and if we ask 10 people we may get 10 different a...
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