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There are hundreds of food supplements and vitamin-mineral complexes that promise to improve the condition of nails and hair, and, according to advertising claims, it seems that these tablets and capsules use nutrients directly to the right places, bypassing the intestines, the bloodstream and the liver. We understand why hair and nails can suffer at all, can we make them shiny and strong, drank a course of vitamins, and what causes hair loss after pregnancy.

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For the first time, the general public learned about these multicolored ribbons on the body during the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 - then Japanese athletes pasted over with kinesiotapes entered the arena. Then they began to use American athletes, and later the whole world. How to remove edema, speed up recovery and maintain the body in the right position with their help, we deal with doctors: a neurologist and manual therapist, kinesiotherapy specialist at the Doctor Chechil Manual Therapy Clinic Yuri Kovtun, Kinesiotherapist of the DOC + mobile clinic Dmitry Ivanov, and head of the department rehabilitation of the Yusupov Hospital by Boris Polyaev.

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Autoimmune diseases are hundreds of different diagnoses. They arise as a result of the fact that the immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues or organs - but the reasons for this are often unknown, and the manifestations can be very different. Among the autoimmune are very rare and more common diseases; We talked with patients and asked rheumatologists about when to seek help, how dangerous self-treatment is and what difficulties people face with autoimmune diseases in Russia.

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Masha vorslav Over the past five years, the cost of genetic testing has dropped exactly 10 times: from the minimum 999 to 99 dollars. Naturally, this could not but affect their popularity: a rare person does not want to gain access to knowledge that previously seemed inaccessible, especially if this knowledge is about himself.

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Olga Lukinskaya There are medicines for everyone at home - there may be more or less of them, but surely there are unnecessary or expired ones among them. It also happens that there seems to be a lot of drugs, but it’s impossible to find the right one, and it’s hard to remember which one is intended for. We have compiled a checklist that will help bring order to the first-aid kit and stop making mistakes dangerous to health.

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“We spend much more sleep than we need, forgetting that a sleeping fox does not catch chickens and that it will be possible to sleep in a grave,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac, and many modern start-ups would readily share his opinion. Even scientists once joked that the only completely understandable function of sleep is “sleep treatment”, and in 2006, in a review of sleep research, neurobiologist Marcos Frank concluded that many of the evidence of the beneficial effects of sleep on the body are “weak or erroneous.”

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We have already written a whole bunch of materials about gadgets and applications: it turns out that an iPhone or a wrist device can be useful in any life situation. In order not to miss any useful news, we have collected stories about them in this post; control-freaks, rolling on a board, and lovers of any technological innovations for self-care will melt.

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The body of an adult person consists of about 70% of water, two thirds of which is inside the cells and another third in the space between them. Edemas also appear just as the amount of fluid in the intercellular space increases. There are many reasons for this, and the most obvious is tissue injury, for example, in case of bruise.

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Often we explain one or another condition with genetics - good health “for daddy”, milk intolerance “like with grandmothers”, excellent voice and hearing “for great-grandfather”. Many diseases are also the easiest to explain with genetics, at the same time, as if discarding responsibility, because we can affect our own way of life, but not genes.

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There are various myths and fears associated with moles and pigment spots. Some say that it is better not to touch them, others say that they should be removed and as soon as possible. At the same time, a typical resident of central Russia has more than a dozen moles and there is no clear understanding of how to monitor them and what risks they pose.

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Syndrome of the sick building is called a number of factors inherent in the room, which negatively affect people's health. This is not always the result of a violation of building standards - much depends on the finishing materials, the quality of the furniture and the organization of the space. We found out how to “cure” your home or office from experts: academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, expert of the World Health Organization Yuri Rakhmanin, chief architect of the Quadrim interior design service Viktor Shutka, designer-designer, founder of his own interior studio Olga Kondratova and director of the online boutique BORK Evgenia Morozova.

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A MUCH PLEASURE IS CONNECTED WITH THE COMING OF SPRING: at last it becomes warm and the green breaks through. But for many of us, the flowering season is hardly a cause for joy — those who are allergic to pollen or pollinosis are waiting for the first flowers with horror. Together with the allergist-immunologist of the Institute of Immunology FMBA Eugenia Nazarova, we understand what allergens are, how pollinosis manifests itself and what can be done to make life easier in this difficult period.

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Text: Alexander Bazhenov-Sorokin FUTURE PARENTS AROUND RELATIVES, FRIENDS, DOCTORS AND midwives, and all these people are often sure that they know more about pregnancy and childbirth than you. On the one hand, it is not entirely correct to advise anything, not knowing the medical history of a person, and especially not having a specialized education.

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It is considered that it is useful to go to the bath, and a contrast shower helps to “harden” the immune system - but at the same time it is said that for an unprepared person a dive into cold water can provoke a heart attack. We tried to figure out what science says about the dangers and benefits of temperature drops for the body — does a bath really “detoxify”, is it helpful to leave to “warm up” from winter to summer, and whether food at contrasting temperatures can be harmful.

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Olga Lukinskaya Against the Opposition, journalists and even bloggers have recently used the same political tool: they throw out a solution of a brilliant green, commonly known as "green", in their faces. This week there were already three cases in which public people were poured (two times with green and one - with an unknown solution so far); Alexei Navalny doctors who came to the scene soon diagnosed a chemical eye burn.

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With the arrival of summer, instead of hopeless clouds, we finally get plenty of sunshine - and we enter into very different relationships with it: someone is regularly hiding from him, and someone is struggling to get a tan. Many of those who do not belong to any of the camps, but feel that everything is not so simple, have long wanted to understand once and for all which of the two extremes has more common sense.

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Text: Yulia Ruzmanova Every day we come across thousands of popular tips, rules and statements, many of which in practice turn out to be misconceptions. We are launching a series of materials in which we will dissect popular opinions and find out whether they are related to reality. Today we understand how much water you need to drink per day.

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The interruption of the desired pregnancy in the early period is associated not only with stress, but also a sense of resentment and guilt. The latter, unfortunately, is not uncommon and can only get worse if relatives or a doctor allow themselves unethical statements about women. Because of her vulnerable position, the patient can easily believe that it is she who is “to blame for everything.”

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In RUBRIC "BOOKMARKS" we are talking about websites and online services - both useful and completely useless, but funny and amazing - which should be added to favorites or added to the RSS feed. Blackgirlinom.com “Breathe in courage, breathe out fear” is a good insight from the instagram of the online platform Black Girl In Om, a blog about physicality, psychological health, fitness and personal care.

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