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Tea intake has been shown to benefit cardiovascular health, memory, cognition, and mood. However, few studies have evaluated the effects of tea intake on direct measurements of brain structure and function. In a study published in the journal Aging, researchers explored both global and regional brain connectivity based on structural and functional imaging in older adults.

More than 30% of the US population over the age of 40 is estimated to take daily, low-dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA) for cardiovascular prevention. However, the chronic intake of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as aspirin, is associated with damage to the gastric and small intestinal mucosa—contributing to lesions, ulcers, perforations, or hemorrhage.  

Obesity is strongly associated with the development of breast cancer, resistance to treatment, and poor survival outcomes. Women with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) tend to have increased accumulation of free fatty acids in the liver and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance activates the production of insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which in turn can promote cancer cell growth and proliferation.

Patients who are critically ill have low plasma levels of ascorbic acid. What’s more, low plasma ascorbic acid correlates with a higher risk of multiple organ failure. Therefore, both animal and human studies have explored the effects of ascorbic acid administration during critical illness.