Medications

The unsuspected virtues of hot pepper

It adds punch, heat, personality. It injects flavor, color, aroma. It goes by many names—habanero, cayenne, jalapeño, poblano, bird's eye—but hot pepper by any name always gets a reaction.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Could leg pain be due to varicose veins?

Patients experiencing an achy, heavy feeling or a burning sensation in their legs may be feeling the symptoms of varicose veins. These twisted, enlarged veins often develop as people age, but they also can begin when people ...

Addiction

Predisposition to addiction may be genetic

People who have a high sensation-seeking personality trait may be more likely to develop an addiction to cocaine, according to a Rutgers study.

Neuroscience

Chinese spice helps unravel the mysteries of human touch

New insight into how human brains detect and perceive different types of touch, such as fluttery vibrations and steady pressures, has been revealed by UCL scientists with the help of the ancient Chinese cooking ingredient, ...

Sports medicine & Kinesiology

Q&A: Stretching your hamstring

I am a very active person. I visit the gym and run regularly. Although I have been able to avoid any major injuries, I find myself constantly stretching my hamstrings. It seems no matter how flexible I get, they still feel ...

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