Dr. Google: The top 10 health searches in 2017

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Ever wonder what other people are wondering about? I know I do. So, here are the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017. And just so you don’t have to look each one up, I’ve provided a brief answer. You’re welcome. 1.  What causes hiccups? I was surprised this one made it to the top 10 list of health searches. Maybe this search is common because hiccups are as mysterious as they are universal. I’ve written about hiccups before, but let’s just say the cause in any individual person is rarely known or knowable. Then again, the reason hiccups stop is also unknown. Some triggers include an overly full stomach, drinking too much alcohol, sudden changes in temperature, smoking cigarettes, excitement, stress, or other heightened emotions. More rarely, they are caused by a specific, identifiable disease, such as thyroid enlargement, a tumor in the neck, or kidney failure. 2.  What can I do to stop snoring? It’s easy to see why this one might be high on the search list. And my guess is that the person googling this question is more often the bed partner, not the snorer. Common recommendations to reduce or eliminate storing include: Change body position (by elevating the head of the bed or sleeping on your side). Lose excess weight. Cut back on (or cut out) alcohol consumption. Reduce or avoid nasal congestion (by treating allergies, using a humidifier, anticongestion medications, or sinus rinses). Avo...
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Conclusion: Polymorphisms in the rs7557939 region of the BCL11A gene appear to somehow interfere in the clinical setting of patients with SCD, suggesting relation with the concentration of MetHb and LDH. This study pioneered an investigation into the association of hemolysis biomarkers with BCL11A gene polymorphisms in SCD.RESUMO Introdu ção: Pacientes com anemia falciforme (AF) apresentam hemólise crônica com biomarcadores séricos aumentados. Os polimorfismos genéticos do gene BLC11A modulam a hemoglobina fetal (HbF), reduzindo, assim, a hemólise. Objetivo: Associar os polim...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
This study was carried out to analyze the relationship between hematocrit and lipid profile in adults. Material and method: A sample composed of complete blood counts and lipid profiles from the database of Hospital das Cl ínicas da Universidade de São Paulo (HCUSP), São Paulo, Brazil, was used in the analysis. Hematocrit was organized in five groups that were compared with total cholesterol (TC), low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (NHDL-C) and high-density-lipopro tein cholesterol (HDL-C) by means of chi-squared and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Results: Both...
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Conclusion: ICA aided in identifying the weak antibodies that were probably diluted in the mixing step. There is no gold standard test for the diagnosis of APS, and LAC detection still requires standardization of technique and interpretation.RESUMO Introdu ção: Trombofilia é a suscetibilidade à trombose, de natureza genética, adquirida ou mista. Entre as causas adquiridas, destaca-se a síndrome do anticorpo antifosfolípide (SAF) - doença autoimune caracterizada por anticorpos antifosfolípides, eventos trombóticos ou perda gestacional recorre nte. O diagn...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
Conclusion: The process of harmonization of multiple devices that perform the same laboratory parameters is essential for ensuring quality and reliability of laboratory results and should be standardized and included in routine clinical analysis laboratories.RESUMO Introdu ção: No laboratório clínico, é recomendável a harmonização de equipamentos que visem à homogeneidade dos resultados, quando analisadores similares ou equivalentes são utilizados para desempenho da rotina de realização dos testes. Objetivos: Realizar um estudo de equival&e...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 August 2018Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsAuthor(s): Jason E. Payne, Melanie T. Turk, Melissa A. Kalarchian, Christine A. PellegriniAbstractUnderstanding how adherence to dietary self-monitoring with apps has been defined is a first step toward examining the relationship between adherence and weight loss. The purpose of this review was to explore how adherence to dietary self-monitoring has been defined in the empirical literature that addresses weight loss app use by overweight and obese adults. The integrative review method and the preferred reporting items ...
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We examined correlates of depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in adults using pooled data from epilepsy self-management studies conducted by sites in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Research Center's Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network that assessed depression severity with the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). Of the 770 subjects in the analysis (mean age 42.4 ± 13.0 years), the mean total PHQ-9 score was 9.4 ± 6.6 and 334 subjects (43.4%) had moderate to severe depressive symptoms (PHQ-9 ≥ 10). Only ongoing seizures and low education were associated wi...
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Publication date: Available online 13 August 2018Source: Computers in Human BehaviorAuthor(s): Liyuan Wang, John L. Christensen, David C. Jeong, Lynn C. MillerAbstractNarrative games, in which users interact with virtual agents, are increasingly being used in health interventions to change targeted behaviors. In virtual social interactions, based on similar real-life contextual cues, past behavior can predict virtual choices. Here, based on theories in learning and interactivity, we examined the whether following a virtual intervention, choices in social interactions may be particularly diagnostic of future behavior change...
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