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What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

Miller Fisher syndrome, also known as Fisher’s syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden weakness in the face, loss of reflexes, and poor coordination. Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) is a rare, autoimmune nerve condition. It is a less-severe form of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Read on for an overview of Miller Fisher syndrome, including symptoms, treatment, […]

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What is pansinusitis?

What is pansinusitis?

Pansinusitis is when all of the sinuses in the head become infected or inflamed. Usually, a sinus infection, or sinusitis, affects only one or two sinus groups. Pansinusitis may feel like a severe sinus infection but often clears up over time without treatment. However, some cases benefit from medical treatment, such as antibiotics or antifungal […]

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The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?

The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?

The common cold has defied medical science for millennia; it has outfoxed both our immune system and the pharmaceutical industry. However, according to a new study, help may soon be at hand. We all know the misery of the common cold. The appropriately named common cold strikes the average adult two to three times per […]

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What to eat if you have a C. diff infection

What to eat if you have a C. diff infection

C. diff is a strain of bacteria that causes a severe type of diarrhea and intestinal infection. It may also lead to inflammation of the colon. While it can occur in people of any age, C. diff (Clostridium difficile) is most common in older adults. People who have recently taken antibiotics and who are in […]

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What is Ureaplasma?

What is Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma is a bacteria that is commonly found in people’s urinary or genital tract. It is parasitic, which means it needs a host, such as a human or animal, to survive. Ureaplasma bacteria are part of the body’s bacterial population, and they live in balance, without causing a problem, in most cases. Sometimes, however, they […]

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Can humans have mange?

Can humans have mange?

Mange is a generic term used to describe skin conditions caused by certain species of mites in animals. When these mites affect a human, the condition is called scabies. Mites are microscopic, eight-legged parasites that can live on animals, including dogs, cats, and humans. They either burrow into the skin or into hair follicles to […]

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Red wine compound may ‘inhibit’ poxviruses

Red wine compound may ‘inhibit’ poxviruses

New research reveals that high concentrations of resveratrol — a compound that is found in red wine and chocolate — can stop poxviruses from multiplying in human cells. A compound found in red wine and chocolate stops the replication of poxviruses. Researchers working at Kansas State University in Manhattan as well as the Centers for […]

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What are the effects of meningitis? 22 symptoms

What are the effects of meningitis? 22 symptoms

Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. This inflammation usually happens as a result of an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Some types of meningitis can also be caused by fungi, parasites, certain diseases, medications, and injuries to the head or spine. Meningitis […]

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Cryptococcal meningitis: Symptoms, risk factors, and complications

Cryptococcal meningitis: Symptoms, risk factors, and complications

Meningitis is an infection affecting the membranes that line the skull and spinal cord. Cryptococcal meningitis is a type of meningitis caused by a fungus called Cryptococcus. This type of meningitis mainly affects people with weakened immune systems due to another illness. If not treated, cryptococcal meningitis can have lasting consequences and can even be […]

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What is pneumococcal meningitis?

What is pneumococcal meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Once infected, the membranes swell. Viruses are responsible for most cases of meningitis, but pneumococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious illness that can develop into a life-threatening […]