Merck Seeks FDA Authorization for First COVID-19 Pill

Merck has requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve molnupiravir as the first treatment for developed cases of COVID-19 in adults who are at risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 and hospitalization.
The FDA has approved the first pill to treat the serious lung infection COVID-19. The pill that is taken orally at home could relieve hospital systems of the burden of caring for people who contract the flu by helping them treat the symptoms at home rather than be admitted to the hospital. A course of treatment is eight pills taken daily for…

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Experimental Gene Therapy May Help Fight Inherited High Cholesterol

A new gene therapy being developed almost eliminated patients’ blood levels of lipoprotein(a), a protein that’s been linked to early-onset heart disease in some individuals. 
Results from a clinical trial published in the issue of JAMA showed that patients with medium-to-high levels of lipoprotein(a) who received doses up to 500 times higher than the doses commonly used for cholesterol reduction saw their blood levels drop by 98 percent after five months.
Lifestyle Choices are Still Important

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Some Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s May Show Up in Your Thirties

Delaying high blood sugar and cholesterol treatment in your 20s and 30s can lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. High-density lipoprotein (HDL), the so-called good kind of cholesterol linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, also is associated with lower dementia and Alzheimer’s risks in older adults.
High Levels of Blood Sugar and Triglycerides May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Risk
High blood triglycerides and blood sugar appear to be linked with a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, …

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Kinder Chocolates Recalled Over Salmonella Corners

Ferrero USA, LLC voluntarily recalls a number of its chocolates from U.S. shelves because it has received notice of a potential link between them and Salmonella contamination. 
The company said in a statement that it was recalling its Kinder Chocolate and Wafer Treats Assortments and its Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket, manufactured at one of its facilities, where the FDA found Salmonella typhimurium.
Kinder Chocolate Recalled Throughout Europe
The British company Ferrero has recalled batches of …

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Mushrooms 101: Possible Benefits and Side Effects

Mushrooms are versatile ingredients that can be used in various recipes, and some companies seek out psilocybin—which users report experiencing positive mental health effects—for use in products such as sprays.
Here is what scientists have discovered about the benefits and risks of consuming mushrooms.
Health Benefits of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are rich in both polysaccharides and antioxidants—properties that can help the body fight disease. Some of their most important health benefits include:…

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What is Intermittent Fasting? A Detailed Beginner’s Guide

Fasting has a long tradition in many religions. As part of an increasingly popular dieting trend, researchers have studied the health benefits of fasting, specifically intermittent fasting. This article describes how intermittent fasting works and who can benefit from it. It also discusses some potential side effects of intermittent fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a diet plan that does not always involve calorie counting. Instead of having to eat small portions throughout the day, the goal of intermittent fasting is …

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What are Exfoliating Gloves, and Should You be Using Them?

Exfoliating your face can do wonders for your tone and texture. Find out whether dermatologists recommend exfoliating other parts of your body and which gloves they recommend.
How Does it Work?
Exfoliation can be achieved by either a chemical or mechanical process. Chemical exfoliation involves the application of acidic chemicals to the skin. Mechanical (also known as physical) exfoliation removes dead skin cells through abrasive tools or products, including washcloths and loofahs, or by wearing gloves made of rough-textured fabrics.

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What are Jade Combs, and Can They Actually Improve Circulation and Hair Growth?

Since ancient times, jade has been used as a traditional Chinese beauty treatment for stimulating hair growth, enhancing circulation, and relaxing the scalp. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting its efficacy in these areas.
What are Hade Combs?
Jade-comb therapy is related to gua sha massage, an ancient Chinese medicine practice that focuses on sloughing the body to promote circulation and healing and relieve pain by targeting muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The Cleveland Clinic says that gua sha is typically used to treat various …

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