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How tomato sauce can boost your gut health

Sun, 20 May 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Tomato sauce is not just a tasty addition to your meal, it is also a healthful one. It could help to boost the activity of good bacteria in the gut.


What is pansinusitis?

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Pansinusitis occurs when all the sinus cavities in the face are infected and inflamed. It is a severe form of a sinus infection that usually affects only a few cavities, and it causes congestion, headaches, and facial pain. Learn more here about pansinusitis, its symptoms, and when to see a doctor for treatment.


How do I know if I have a cold or sinusitis?

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The symptoms of a sinus infection are very similar to those caused by a cold, but if symptoms continue for some time, medical help may be needed. Learn how to spot symptoms caused by sinus infection. Get some tips for home remedies and other treatments, and find out when to see a doctor.


Vampires and rabies: What's the link?

Wed, 16 May 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Although vampirism and rabies seem worlds apart, some believe they might be intimately connected. Here, we explore the links between Dracula and rabies.


Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Could gut bacteria impact the development of colon cancer by interacting with molecules that help to regulate gene expression? A recent study investigates.


What causes multiple sclerosis? Landmark study finds clue

Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, the causes of which remain mysterious. But a new study may now have uncovered a key factor in its development.


The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?

Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A recent paper describes a newly designed drug that brings us closer to the holy grail of medical research: a cure for the common cold.


This is how HIV decides to become active

Mon, 14 May 2018 09:00:00 PDT

By exploiting how HIV splices its genes, scientists might have discovered a therapeutically useful way to keep the virus in a dormant state.


Can you treat elephantiasis?

Mon, 14 May 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Elephantiasis is a debilitating tropical disease that is spread by mosquito bites. There are many causes, including specific types of parasitic roundworms. It is treated with drugs, and prevention involves avoiding mosquitoes by using nets and insect repellent. Learn more about elephantiasis here.


What does it mean when you have a double ear infection?

Fri, 11 May 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Double ear infection is when an ear infection affects both ears. They are caused by bacteria or viruses and should be seen immediately by a doctor in children under 6 months and after 24 hours in adults. Treatment includes antibiotics and home remedies can relieve symptoms. Learn more about double ear infections here.


Why does skin peel between the toes?

Fri, 11 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Skin between the toes can peel for a range of reasons. It can be caused by a fungus, bacteria, or an allergy. Conditions include athlete's foot, trench foot, and contact dermatitis. Treatment might involve applying creams or taking antibiotics. Learn more about skin peeling between the toes, and how to prevent it.


Causes and treatment of a black neck

Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Dark or black patches on the neck can be troubling. In this article, we look at the possible causes for a black neck or hyperpigmentation, including fungal infections, dermatitis neglecta, and high blood insulin levels. We also discuss treatment options and which home remedies can prevent black neck in the future.


Scientists halt flesh-eating disease in mice

Thu, 10 May 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Scientists discover how the germ behind flesh-eating disease hijacks nerve cells and makes them send signals that stop immune cells from killing it.


What causes burning eyes?

Tue, 08 May 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Burning eyes is stinging or irritation of the eyes. They can be uncomfortable and concerning. Treatment depends upon identifying the underlying cause. Common causes include dry eyes, allergies, and sun exposure. Here, we look at the different causes of burning eyes and how to treat them, including home remedies.


Watch out for mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, warn the CDC

Thu, 03 May 2018 09:00:00 PDT

CDC officials are concerned that diseases borne by fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks are on the rise, and new viruses have been introduced to the United States.


What to eat if you have a C. diff infection

Tue, 01 May 2018 12:00:00 PDT

C. diff infections can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, and loss of appetite. Staying hydrated, letting the stomach rest, and eating foods that do not aggravate the colon are all essential steps to recovery. In this article, learn which foods to eat and how both mild and severe C. diff infections are treated.


Why does eating give me a runny nose?

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

A person may feel that their nose gets runny whenever they eat certain foods, such as hot or spicy meals. Some people find that this happens no matter what they eat. In this article, find out more about what causes a person’s nose to run after eating, how this is related to allergies, and how to treat the symptoms.


Can jojoba oil treat acne?

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Jojoba oil is a waxy substance that is commonly included in skin creams and gels. Its consistency and natural anti-inflammatory properties may make it useful for treating acne and other skin lesions. Learn more about how to use jojoba oil for acne, its benefits and risks, and other possible oils to use.


High blood pressure? Drinking kefir could lower it

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Kefir, a fermented milk drink, is known for its probiotic properties that help to rebalance gut bacteria. But how can this influence blood pressure?


What is Ureaplasma?

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Ureaplasma is a form of bacteria that is often found in the urinary or genital tract and can be transmitted through sexual contact. In some cases, Ureaplasma may lead to infection and symptoms, such as pain and fertility problems. We examine these symptoms, along with treatment options for a Ureaplasma infection.