Will first FDA-approved at-home test for gonorrhea, chlamydia ease the epidemic?

The Food and Drug Administration’s first-ever approval of an at-home test for chlamydia and gonorrhea could help drive earlier detection and treatment of these sexually transmitted infections amid a ballooning epidemic in the U.S. But some sexual health advocates worry that the FDA’s proposal to begin stepping up regulation of over-the-counter self-testing of STIs could … Read more

8 Low-Carb Vegetables That Are Also High in Fiber

What serving of vegetables you should consume in a day vary based on age, sex, weight, height, and physical activity. However, most adults need between two to four cups of vegetables daily. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 10% of adults typically meet those needs. Meeting veggie recommendations might … Read more

Exercise Boosts Brain Power Amidst Sleep Deprivation

Summary: New research reveals that moderate exercise improves cognitive performance (CP) even under conditions of sleep deprivation and low oxygen levels. The study involved two experiments with 24 participants in total, examining the effects of partial and total sleep deprivation, as well as hypoxia, on CP. Results consistently showed that a 20-minute cycling session significantly … Read more

The third wave: Burlington struggles to find solutions to a fentanyl-fueled crisis

Photo illustration by Natalie Williams/VTDigger This is the second story in a two-part series examining the opioid crisis in Vermont’s largest city. Read the first story, “How Burlington lost ground in its battle against opioids,” here.  In early September, Michael LaChance, chief of the Burlington Fire Department, was making the rounds at the city’s five … Read more

Pioneering Stem Cell Therapy for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Shows Promise

Summary: An international team has conducted a groundbreaking study on stem cell therapy for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). The therapy, involving the injection of neural stem cells into patients’ brains, was found to be safe and potentially effective in preventing further brain damage. This innovative approach, tested in a small-scale trial, offers hope for stabilizing … Read more

What Is High-Functioning OCD? | HuffPost Life

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a complex condition. It’s a multifaceted disorder that may arise due to life events (interpersonal trauma, neglect, emotional abuse, etc.), brain structure abnormalities or even genetics. Nicole Erkfitz, a therapist and executive director of AMFM Healthcare, told HuffPost that OCD is an “often misunderstood mental health condition, marked by persistent, distressing … Read more