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Video: Smoking — Anatomy of nicotine addiction

Video: Smoking — Anatomy of nicotine addiction

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In many people, nicotine from cigarettes stimulates receptors in the brain to release dopamine, triggering a pleasure response. Over time, the number of nicotine receptors increases and changes your brain's anatomy. When you quit smoking, you cut off the brain's pleasure response because the receptors don't get nicotine, triggering nicotine withdrawal symptoms. If you stick…
Video: How to measure blood pressure using a manual monitor

Video: How to measure blood pressure using a manual monitor

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Manual, or aneroid, equipment includes a cuff, an attached pump, a stethoscope and a gauge. This equipment requires coordination. It's difficult to use if you're hearing or visually impaired or if you're unable to perform the hand movements needed to squeeze the bulb and inflate the cuff. When you're ready to take your blood pressure,…
Nasal congestion

Nasal congestion

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Video: How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor

Video: How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor

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To monitor your blood pressure using an automatic blood pressure monitor, find a comfortable place to sit with good back support at a table or desk. When you're ready to take your blood pressure, sit quietly for three to five minutes beforehand. Place your feet flat on the floor and rest your arm on a…
These Home Remedies for Jock Itch Might Actually Worsen the Problem

These Home Remedies for Jock Itch Might Actually Worsen the Problem

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Look around. Ok, the coast is clear. Reach down. *Scratch, scratch.* Ah finally, sweet relief. Well, for a moment. It's brief. Just like that, the irritating itch right around your balls is back.If your crotch or balls have been itchy and uncomfortable to the point of embarrassing scratching and adjusting for days, there are a…
What to Expect if You’re Walking to Burn Fat

What to Expect if You’re Walking to Burn Fat

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SDI ProductionsGetty Images So if you’re doing the most pedestrian of things, putting one foot in front of the other and just walking—not jogging, not running—are you burning fat? Short answer is yes, walking for exercise burns fat. So if you walk “everywhere” then why don’t you look as lean as Chris Hemsworth? Don’t miss…
We Finally Know Exactly How Vision Is Alive in WandaVision

We Finally Know Exactly How Vision Is Alive in WandaVision

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The following story contains spoilers through WandaVision episode 8. Disney+'s new Marvel Studios limited series, WandaVision, is part superhero drama, but initially plays on tropes and styles of a number of classic American sitcoms. WandaVision focuses on two Marvel heroes of the last half decade: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and Vision. Marvel fans may be wondering:…
Here’s What We Know About Getting Covid-19 Twice

Here’s What We Know About Getting Covid-19 Twice

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After the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, people started wondering whether they could get the disease twice. With the discovery of coronavirus variants, the question has additional urgency, with everyone wondering this: If you’ve had Covid already, are you still susceptible to getting sick from one of the variants? Let’s look at what’s been…
12 Chadwick Boseman Movies Everyone Should See

12 Chadwick Boseman Movies Everyone Should See

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There’s no doubt the late Chadwick Boseman brought something special on-screen. From fictional icons like Black Panther to historical figures like James Brown, he had more than a few box-office hits during his nearly 20-year career. He’s now applauded for giving fans an impressive seven movies during his private battle with colon cancer and before…
Picture books can boost physical activity for youth with autism

Picture books can boost physical activity for youth with autism

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Lorraine Becerra is an assistant teaching professor in the University of Missouri College of Education. Credit: University of Missouri College of Education While physical activity is important for everyone, research has shown people with developmental disabilities do not exercise as often as their typically developed peers. In an effort to close this disparity, a researcher…