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Why do colds and flu strike in winter?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

As we head into winter, we may be more likely to catch a cold. But why is that, and how does weather affect our chances of coming down with the flu?


What causes antibiotic resistance?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Resistance to antibiotics kills more than 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. But how do bugs become resistant to drugs that once worked so well?


Tattoo aftercare tips

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Proper tattoo aftercare is essential for keeping the design looking good and preventing infection. Learn more about how to care for a new tattoo.


Best essential oils for treating cold sores

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Learn about a range of essential oils that could help treat cold sores. This article also looks at the possible risks and other home remedies to treat this


How to tell if a tattoo is infected

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Learn all about the signs and symptoms of tattoo infection, the different types, what causes them to occur, and what can be done to treat them.


Home remedies for boils

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

A boil is a bacterial skin infection that develops in hair follicles and oil glands. In this article, learn how to safely encourage it to heal.


Six surprising health risks in your home

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

The home is a safe haven, but are we aware of the health risks hidden in its nooks and crannies? Here we investigate the less obvious domestic hazards.


What are these white spots on my skin?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

What conditions could be behind white spots appearing on the skin? This article looks at the possible causes and treatment options.


All you need to know about belly button discharge

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PST

A look at belly button discharge, where an infection or other condition can cause a discharge. Included is detail on when to see a doctor and diabetes.


What causes dactylitis (sausage fingers)?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

Dactylitis is swelling of the fingers that causes a sausage-like appearance. Learn about causes of dactylitis, including syphilis and sickle cell disease.


Onycholysis: Treatments for detached nails

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PST

Onycholysis is when the nails detach from the skin underneath. This can be caused by a number of conditions, including psoriasis and fungal infections.


Why do toenails become thick?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Learn about the different causes of thick toenails, including psoriasis, fungal infection, and aging. This article also examines available treatments.


PTSD linked to changes in gut bacteria

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PST

An exploratory study of 30 people found differences in the gut bacteria of those with PTSD compared with those who had recently experienced trauma.


Treatment options for cold sores in the early stages

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PST

What can be done to stop a cold sore early on? Learn more here, along with what causes cold sores in the first place and how to avoid spreading them.


Strength in numbers: How biofilms outfox antibiotics

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Antibiotics are often the standard treatment when bacteria make us sick. But when these clever microbes form a community, they become resistant.


Why do adults get ear infections?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Although ear infections are most common in children, adults can also get them. Learn all about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options here.


What are these white spots on my face?

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PST

In this article, learn about five possible causes of white spots on the face. Why might spots appear and what treatment options are available?


A healthy gut means healthy aging

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

One of the largest studies of its kind finds that the guts of 'ridiculously healthy' 90-year-olds are just as healthy as those of 30-year-olds.


Why does my tongue hurt?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PST

Learn about a number of common causes for tongue pain, including physical injury, thrush, and cold sores, along with treatment options.


How does rabies cause aggression?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research investigates the molecular mechanism that allows the rabies virus to induce aggressive behavior in the infected host.