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Antibiotic resistance: Breakthrough study offers solution

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Mice treated with small molecules that stop bacteria forming toxins survived MRSA infection without the need for antibiotics, study found.

Herpes may account for 50 percent of Alzheimer's cases

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A large review suggests that the herpes virus may result in a heightened risk of senile dementia, and may account for numerous Alzheimer's diagnoses.

Everything you need to know about gingivostomatitis

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Gingivostomatitis is an infection that occurs in and around the mouth. It causes painful sores, blisters, and swelling. It is more common in children and is highly contagious. Learn more about the causes and risk factors in this article, as well as treatment options and how to get relief.

Differences between pimples and cold sores

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Cold sores and pimples can look similar, but they are two separate conditions. Here, we examine their differences and similarities, including their causes, treatment, and prevention.

What can cause facial swelling?

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:00:00 PDT

A person's face can become swollen in response to injuries, allergic reactions, infections, and other medical conditions. Face swelling that occurs alongside other symptoms, such as breathing difficulties or rapid heartbeat, may indicate anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical assistance. Learn more here.

What causes a pimple in the nose?

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Pimples in the nose can cause pain and discomfort. They can often result from an ingrown hair and usually go away without treatment. However, a pimple in the nose can sometimes be the sign of a more serious condition, such as an infection. Learn more about causes and how to treat a pimple in the nose here.

The probiotic that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus are highly resistant to antibiotics and can be deadly. New research shows that a probiotic can destroy them.

What to know about esophageal thrush

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the food pipe. It occurs when a naturally occurring fungus called Candida grows out of control. Esophageal thrush is a serious condition, causing pain and difficulty swallowing. It may also spread to other parts of the body. Learn more about esophageal thrush here.

What are the risks of having too much amniotic fluid?

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Having too much amniotic fluid during pregnancy can result in an early or difficult delivery. It can also increase the risk to the baby. A doctor may resolve the issue by removing some of the excess fluid, or they may recommend medications that have the same effect. Learn more here.

Mediterranean diet promotes anticancer bacteria in the breast

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Compared with following a Western diet, a Mediterranean diet alters breast metabolites and microbiome to favor anticancer effects, a mammal study shows.

What is enteritis?

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Enteritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the small intestine. There are several types, including infectious enteritis and radiation enteritis. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Treatment options include electrolyte solutions or medication in some cases. Learn more here.

Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 09:00:00 PDT

A new phase I clinical trial looks at whether a modified bacterial strain is safe and effective in attacking stubborn, treatment-resistant cancer tumors.

Drug resistance: 'Trojan horse' compound kills bacteria from within

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found a way to 'trick' bacteria into eating a compound that is similar to iron and destroys the microbes from the inside.

What is chronic laryngitis?

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Chronic laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box that lasts for more than 3 weeks. It can cause hoarseness and other symptoms. Causes include other illnesses and certain lifestyle factors. Treatment involves resting the voice, avoiding throat irritants, and treating underlying conditions. Learn more here.

We may not need to rely on antibiotics to treat UTIs

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 08:00:00 PDT

New research has discovered that targeting cellulose may reduce — or even completely do away with — the need to take antibiotics to treat some infections.

What can cause a rash on the face in a baby?

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Babies commonly develop rashes on their faces. Most are nothing to worry about, and many clear up on their own. Possible causes include eczema, acne, milia, and slapped cheek syndrome. Learn more here.

What is bronchopneumonia?

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Bronchopneumonia is pneumonia that affects the bronchi of the lungs, causing inflammation. It often results from a bacterial infection, but viruses and fungi can also cause it. Symptoms include coughing, breathing problems, and fever. It can resolve in a few weeks but, if not treated, can be life-threatening.

How to treat and prevent an infected ear piercing

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Ear piercings are prone to infection, especially when they are new. In this article, learn how to recognize an infection, as well as how to treat it.

How the smell of disease can affect healthy people

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Disease can affect an individual's bodily odor. New research investigates to what extent this change in smell may impact groups that share a living space.

What does your 'microbiome cloud' say about you?

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT

An innovative study takes the first in-depth look at the chemicals, creatures, and particles that enter our personal space every single day: our exposome.