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What to know about quinine in tonic water

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:00:00 PST

Doctors have used quinine to treat malaria for centuries. It is also what gives tonic water its bitter taste. Learn more about quinine here.

What to know about hepatitis C in men

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:00:00 PST

Hepatitis C is a viral illness that affects the liver. Men tend to experience it at higher rates than women, but it is unclear why. Some people believe that it may be due to estrogen’s protective effect. Diagnosis and testing can help people find treatment. Learn more about hepatitis C in men here.

What to know about late-stage hepatitis C

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:00:00 PST

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause substantial liver damage, particularly in the later stages. The treatment and outlook will depend on the progression of the disease. Learn more here.

New antibacterial defense mechanism discovered in the nose

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have found a new antibacterial defensive 'swarm' in the nose. It helps explain how the airway protects itself from bacteria in the air.

Drug resistance: Does antibiotic use in animals affect human health?

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:00:00 PST

How does antibiotic use in animals affect drug resistance in humans? What role do intensive farming practices have in this dynamic? We investigate.

What is aseptic technique?

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:00:00 PST

Aseptic technique is a set of best practices that healthcare professionals use to prevent the transfer of germs in clinics and hospitals and protect patients from infection. Learn more here.

What is labyrinthitis?

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:00:00 PST

Labyrinthitis is a condition that can occur when a cold, the flu, or a middle ear infection spreads to the inner ear. It can cause nausea, vertigo, dizziness, and hearing problems. Although symptoms often clear up on their own within a few weeks, it is important to see a doctor. Learn more here.

'Simple modification' could help antibiotics overcome resistance

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:00:00 PST

A simple way of linking vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide led to a fivefold increase in the antibiotic's power against an infectious bacterium.

What can cause sores or scabs on the scalp?

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 06:00:00 PST

Scabs and sores on the scalp can be painful and itchy, but they often clear up on their own after a few days. However, there are many possible causes of scabs and sores, and some may require medical treatment. Learn more here.

What is male chlamydial urethritis?

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 05:00:00 PST

Male chlamydial urethritis is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects the male urethra. Many people with this STI do not have any symptoms, but it can cause pain or discomfort. Without treatment, it can also lead to complications. Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat chlamydia. Learn more here.

What is empyema?

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PST

Empyema is when too much fluid collects in the pleural space in the lungs. Learn about the symptoms, stages, and possible causes here. We also cover treatment options.

New virus could help destroy cancer

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST

A new study investigates the potential use of a virus against cancer. Researchers hope that the findings will be useful for different types of cancer.

Is there a link between psoriasis and Candida?

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 07:00:00 PST

While researchers know there is a link between Candida, a type of yeast, and psoriasis, they do not fully understand how the two are related. Learn more with this article.

Is there a vaccine for hepatitis C?

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:00:00 PST

While vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, researchers are still developing a vaccine for hepatitis C. Learn more about future treatments in this article.

How do you treat an infected belly button piercing?

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:00:00 PST

Initially, piercings are healing wounds, and they can be prone to infection. Belly button piercings have a higher risk because they are difficult to keep clean. Symptoms of infection include pain, redness, and discharge from the piercing. Improving hygiene and taking antibiotics can help. Learn more here.

What to do to keep gums healthy

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PST

Practicing good oral hygiene can help a person keep their gums healthy and reduce the risk of gum disease. This involves regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and having frequent dental checkups. Learn more about these steps, the signs of gum disease, and how diet can improve gum health.

Everything you need to know about stridor

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 PST

Stridor is an abnormal breathing sound that resembles wheezing or creaking. It is more common in children but can happen in anyone. Learn about the causes, and how stridor sounds here.

What can cause red skin?

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 PST

Skin redness is often harmless, but can sometimes be a symptom of another condition. Possible causes of red skin include burns, infections, and allergic reactions. Learn more here.

How and why our bodies starve gut bacteria

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 03:00:00 PST

Our gut microbiota can make or break our health. Researchers have found that our bodies keep bacteria under control by 'rationing' the resources they need.

Dogs can sniff out malaria, study shows

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:00:00 PST

A new 'proof-of-concept' study shows that sniffer dogs can accurately detect malaria. The findings could change diagnostic practices.