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What causes foamy bowel movements?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Foamy or frothy poop is usually diarrhea-like and may appear to have bubbles in it. It may also seem oily or contain mucus. Learn about the causes here.

What causes white specks in my poop?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PDT

What do white specks in stool indicate? Are there other symptoms to consider? We find answers and discuss treatment and prevention. Learn more here.

Many non-antibiotic drugs can alter gut bacteria

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study reveals that many marketed non-antibiotic drugs affect the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Platypus milk: The key to preventing deadly infections?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Everyone knows that the platypus is an oddball. However, platypus milk might help us find a solution to a pressing problem: antibiotic resistance.

Why you should choose your plane seat wisely

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Are you scared that you may bring someone else's germs home as a souvenir after a flight? A new study gives us better clues as to how to avoid infection.

Can yogurt treat a yeast infection?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Yogurt is a popular home remedy for yeast infections, and research supports its use. Learn how it works, how to use it, and when to see a doctor here.

Can you have internal shingles without a rash?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Shingles usually causes a painful, blistering rash. It can also cause internal symptoms, appear without a rash, and may spread to internal organs.

Why do I have a salty taste in my mouth?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A long-lasting salty taste can signal an underlying illness, infection, or hormone deficiency. Learn more about causes and treatments here.

Ten essential oils to relieve a cough

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Which essential oils help to calm a cough and other symptoms of a cold? Are there risks? We look at 10 evidence-based choices and when to see a doctor.

These antibiotics may endanger vascular health

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers in Sweden and Denmark find new evidence that suggests that a type of antibiotic can increase the risk of a potentially fatal vascular disease.

What is basophilia? Causes and symptoms

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Learn about what causes basophilia, a condition in which the body produces too many basophils. We also look at symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Stress: How social conflict alters gut bacteria

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The state of our gut microbiota has been tied to our mental well-being, but how do stressful conditions impact our inner bacterial environment?

Could targeting gut bacteria prevent autoimmunity?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

A gut bacterium called Enterococcus gallinarum can drive autoimmune diseases such as lupus, new research finds. Could targeting it offer a new treatment?

Eating fiber helps your gut bacteria fight diabetes

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Consuming fiber promotes the growth of certain strains of gut bacteria. In turn, these bacteria reduce the symptoms of diabetes and promote weight loss.

How to manage a detached toenail

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PDT

What causes a toenail to fall off, and what do you do when this happens? We look at causes, recovery time, removing the nail, and when to see a doctor.

Red wine compound may 'inhibit' poxviruses

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A high concentration of resveratrol — which is a compound found in many food plants — can reduce replication of two poxviruses in human cells, study finds.

What to expect from a baby's first cold

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Newborn babies have to build their immune systems, which can mean they are susceptible to colds. There are many effective treatments for colds in newborns.

How do you stop smelly farts?

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Learn about different factors that can cause flatulence to produce a bad odor. We also look at tips for treating and preventing smelly farts.

Top seven safe, effective natural antibiotics

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Are natural antibiotics safe? Do they work? Read about the best and worst natural antibiotics. We also discuss when to use prescription antibiotics.

What causes boils on the inner thigh?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Boils on the inner thigh can appear as red, swollen bumps. We take a look at these hair follicle infections, their risk factors, and home remedies.