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Patches of discolored skin have many possible causes, including birthmarks, pigmentation disorders, rashes, infections, and skin cancer. While not all causes are serious, some may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Anyone who notices a new patch of discolored skin should see a doctor. Learn more here.

Vitamin D has many important functions. The body produces it after exposure to sunlight, but in winter months or areas with less sunshine, many people choose to take supplements. Taking too much vitamin D can lead to negative side effects, including brittle bones and dehydration. Learn more here.

New studies conclude that individuals with Alzheimer's are more sensitive to opioids. Researchers call for a review of how pain medication is given.

A new study suggests that sticking to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, wholegrain cereals, and olive oil may reduce the severity of psoriasis.

Many people use magnesium citrate to relieve occasional constipation. Magnesium citrate is a laxative that works by softening the stool, which makes it easier to pass. In this article, we look at the benefits, risks, and side effects of magnesium citrate for constipation. We also discuss alternative treatments.

Postpartum night sweats, or night sweats that happen shortly after childbirth, are common, temporary, and treatable. Women have night sweats due to shifting hormone levels after pregnancy. Read on to learn about the causes of postpartum night sweats and how to relieve them with home remedies and other treatments.

Many people use magnesium, which is a naturally occurring mineral, to treat and prevent migraine headaches, especially those with aura. In this article, learn about the effectiveness of magnesium and discover whether there are any side effects or risks. We also list some of the foods that contain magnesium.

Calcium provides many health benefits. Some people who are vegan, lactose intolerant, or who do not consume dairy products for other reasons wonder how to add more calcium to their diets. In this article, we describe the 18 best nondairy sources of this vital nutrient.

People who have gout, kidney stones, or a similar disorder can often benefit from following a low-purine diet. Purine is a naturally occurring substance, and too much can lead to a buildup of uric acid. In this article, learn which foods to eat and which to avoid to reduce levels of purine in the body.

Back pain is a widespread but potentially debilitating problem. Fortunately, there are a variety of home remedies to relieve back pain quickly and help prevent it in the future. In this article, learn about creams, stretches, and other techniques to alleviate back pain. We also cover when to see a doctor.

Cubital tunnel syndrome is when the nerve in the elbow or funny bone becomes pressed or stretched. Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the fingers. People can try exercises and other remedies at home or seek medical treatment that may include splints and surgery. Learn more about cubital tunnel syndrome here.

Vaginal cramps, or spasms, can occur for a variety of reasons. Most of the time, mild vaginal cramps are due to menstruation. Severe or recurring vaginal cramps may occur as a result of an underlying medical condition, such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or dyspareunia. Learn more here.

New research reveals that IgA antibodies released by the gut encourage friendly bacteria to grow and cooperate by altering their gene expression.

Feeling dizzy when you stand up — or orthostatic hypotension — might predict the development of dementia in later life, according to a new study.

A new study shows that the antipsychotics perphenazine and fluphenazine can successfully destroy cancer cells in cell cultures and rodents.

Many people experience itchiness during menopause. Estrogen plays a vital role in skin health, and changes in the levels of this hormone can lead to dry, itchy skin on the face, body, or specific areas, such as the genitals. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for itchiness during menopause here.

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, so making sure they get the nutrition they need can be a challenge. People can make sure a toddler receives their daily iron intake by adding certain iron-rich foods that even the fussiest toddlers will eat. Foods include peanut butter sandwiches, dark chocolate, and eggs.

New research shows how the brain integrates smells with spatiotemporal information to create memories. The findings also shed new light on Alzheimer's.

A new factor that may influence the risk of Alzheimer's has emerged: the liver's ability to produce enough phospholipids that help protect brain health.

People sweat due to heat, stress, and a range of other causes. One area of the body that commonly becomes sweaty is the feet. Several techniques can help people to manage and prevent sweaty feet. These include soaking the feet in black tea, using antiperspirant, and choosing appropriate footwear. Learn more here.

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