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To stop biting nails, peeling skin and pulling out hair, new research suggests a simple technique

For people who can’t stop biting their nails or picking at their skin, a new study suggests a simple technique could help. Body-focused repetitive behaviors of compulsive pulling or pinching of hair or skin, unable to stop even as the behavior leads to scabs, scars and balding spots affect about 5 percent of people worldwide, …

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Watermelon has more health benefits than you think, according to new research

Watermelon, popular as a summer fruit due to its refreshing qualities, has proved to be a valuable addition to a healthy diet, according to recent research published in the journal Nutrients. The study highlights the positive impact of watermelon on nutrient intake and overall diet quality, particularly in children and adults. The research, based on …

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Grant renewal strengthens patient-centered outcomes research training program

Grant renewal strengthens patient-centered outcomes research training program

by Bill Snyder The federal government has renewed its support for a Health Learning System (LHS) T32 training program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that prepares researchers to discover, evaluate, and implement strategies to improve patient outcomes and ultimately, the general health of the community. Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH The traditional approach to health care …

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UL research shows that even moderate exercise reduces the risk of depression

UL research shows that even moderate exercise reduces the risk of depression

Image courtesy of Getty Images New research from the University of Limerick has shown that even moderate daily physical activity can reduce the risk of depression. A study by physical activity and mental health experts at the University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin reveals that a dose of physical activity equivalent to just 20 …

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Study: Exercise improves blood pressure responsiveness to stress: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Image credit: ViDI Studio/Shutterstock.com

Muscles calm the mind: Exercise can lower stress-related blood pressure responses

In a recent study published in the journal Scientific reports, researchers performed a meta-analysis to elucidate the effects of exercise on stress-related blood pressure (BP) reactivity. Their results show that regular aerobic exercise helps reduce systolic BP responses to adult stressors, especially in hypertensive individuals. Study: Exercise improves blood pressure responsiveness to stress: A systematic …

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Stevenson to serve as interim chairman of health policy

Stevenson to serve as interim chairman of health policy

David Stevenson, PhD, MS by Jill Clendening David Stevenson Jr., PhD, MS, professor of health policy, has been named interim chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He succeeds Melinda Buntin, PhD, the Mike Curb Professor and founding department chair, who joined Johns Hopkins University to establish a Center for …

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Transforming everyday health, one app at a time

Transforming everyday health, one app at a time

Patients, even those with serious conditions, can be empowered to have greater control over their health through a combination of monitoring, awareness and diagnosis along with education, treatment and prevention. With our digital solutions, we can help improve healthcare outcomes for patients, says Timothy Broke-Smith, vice president of global pharmaceutical partnerships at Huma. We accelerate …

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