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What causes yellow stool?

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:00:00 PDT

A range of situations and conditions can cause yellow stool. In most cases, yellow stool is due to what a person eats. It may also have an underlying medical cause, such as problems with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. Learn more in this article.


Fighting brain cancer with the Zika virus

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have found some surprising common ground between the Zika virus and brain cancer. They hope that a Zika vaccine may help combat glioblastoma.


How a protein works with gut bacteria to prevent obesity

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Learning more about the inflammatory mechanisms that promote obesity can help us find new treatments for this metabolic condition, new research shows.


Probiotics may help battle antibiotic resistance

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Probiotics are known to reduce the risk of certain infections. The latest study finds that they may also reduce the need for antibiotics.


What causes a bump on the roof of the mouth?

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT

A bump can form on the roof of the mouth due to many conditions, including canker sores, mucoceles, torus palatinus, and oral candidiasis. The bump can even be an extra tooth. Most underlying causes are benign, but some require medical treatment. Learn more about the causes and their other symptoms in this article.


World Sepsis Day 2018: New protocol saves lives

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Sepsis is still a huge problem, responsible for around 1 in 3 hospital deaths. A recent study evaluates new protocols implemented by New York State.


Do bacteria cause stomach cancer?

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Infections with one type of bacteria increase the risk for stomach cancer. Now, specialists have identified exactly which bacterial strain may be at fault.


Scientists find that hundreds of gut bacteria are electric

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A new study has made a surprising discovery: numerous gut bacteria of many kinds are able to generate electricity. This may open up novel research avenues.


What to know about infectious (septic) arthritis

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Infectious arthritis, also called septic arthritis, is a severe type of joint inflammation caused by a bacteria or virus. Despite its name, it is not contagious. People may need treatment in the hospital to avoid permanent damage. We look at the symptoms, causes, treatment, and complications of infectious arthritis.


What allows C. difficile to survive so well in the gut?

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Clostridium difficile causes infections that are hard to treat and that may have negative outcomes for health. What lends this bacterium its resilience?


Treating urinary tract infections with Cipro

Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Cipro is an antibiotic that doctors use to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). For Cipro to work, people must take the full course of the drug and follow their doctor's instructions. But some people may be at risk of severe side effects if they take Cipro, and they may need to consider alternatives. Learn more here.


What is the best home treatment for molluscum contagiosum?

Fri, 07 Sep 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that causes skin lumps, which can be itchy. Home remedies, such as apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, can relieve symptoms. Medical treatments are also an option. Learn about home remedies for molluscum contagiosum and how to prevent it from spreading here.


Probiotics: Does the evidence match the hype?

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Two recent papers put commercially available probiotics to the test. They demonstrate that, for some people, probiotics won't work at all.


What can cause a bump on the lip?

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Lip bumps can come in many shapes and sizes with various associated symptoms. They have numerous possible causes, including infections, allergic reactions, and lip injuries. Many lip bumps are harmless, and a person can often treat them with home remedies. Some may be more severe and require medical treatment.


Does teething cause a baby to vomit?

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Vomiting and fever may sometimes accompany teething. Teething is a normal part of a child’s development that may cause some discomfort. However, it is unlikely that teething is a direct cause of vomiting. In this article, we suggest other possible causes of vomiting and discuss how to relieve the symptoms of teething.


Which airport surfaces carry the most viruses?

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:00:00 PDT

New research examines several surfaces in a major airport during the peak flu season. The study reveals which surfaces have the highest number of viruses.


What causes pinkish-brown discharge?

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Various factors affect the color of vaginal discharge. Pinkish-brown discharge is usually not a cause for concern, but it may sometimes occur due to a condition that requires treatment. Here, we look at the causes of pink or brown discharge, including periods, pregnancy, and infection, and discuss when to see a doctor.


How do you treat neck pain in children?

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Many cases of neck pain in children are due to muscle strain. Home remedies and lifestyle changes are often enough to help a child get relief. Applying heat, improving posture, and exercise can help. Neck pain due to an infection or injury requires a visit to a doctor. Learn more about treating neck pain in children.


A new vaccine could wipe out acne

Fri, 31 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Acne can cause severe discomfort and affect one's quality of life, but existing treatments fall short of expectations. Can a new vaccine outmatch them?


What are the signs of prostate infection?

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:00:00 PDT

When an infection in the prostate results in inflammation, this is called bacterial prostatitis. Symptoms include pain in the lower abdomen and difficulty urinating. The infection may be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term), and a treatment plan may include medication, or surgery. Learn more here.