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Lower-extremity neuroprostheses continue to function in the long term

Lower-extremity neuroprostheses continue to function in the long term

Meditation could help with cardiovascular risk reduction

Yoga could improve adverse effects of menopause


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Breathing Polluted Air May Increase The Risk For Kidney Problems (HuffPost/Reuters)

Breathing Polluted Air May Increase The Risk For Kidney Problems

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Breathing dirty air may increase the risk for kidney problems, suggests a study by researchers at the VA St. Louis Health Care System and Washington University. The team used county-by-county pollution reports from the EPA, backed up by NASA satellite data, and determined that exposure to particulate matter—tiny fragments produced by fossil fuel combustion and other industrial processes that can be inhaled deep into the lungs—was associated with greater odds of kidney disease, as documented in Veterans’ medical records.

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