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Skin Fungi May Be Tied to Bowel Disease

Skin Fungi May Be Tied to Bowel Disease

Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Crohn’s disease involves inflammation of the digestive tract. But new research into its causes is focusing on fungi commonly found on the skin. These microscopic fungi, called Malassezia restricta, are linked to dandruff. They’re found in oily skin and scalp follicles, but they also end […]

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budesonide (Entocort EC, Uceris)

budesonide (Entocort EC, Uceris)

Why is budesonide (Entocort EC, Uceris) prescribed to patients? Budesonide is used for the treatment of mild-to-moderately-active Crohn’s disease involving the ileum (the second half of the small intestine) and/or ascending colon (the beginning of the large intestine). It is approved for maintaining remissions for up to three months. Budesonide also is used for the […]

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mannitol (Osmitrol)

mannitol (Osmitrol)

What is mannitol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Mannitol is a naturally occurring substance that causes the body to lose water (diuresis) through osmosis. Mannitol promotes diuresis in kidneys by increasing the concentration of filtrates in the kidney and blocking reabsorption of water by kidney tubules. The FDA approved mannitol in June […]

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FDA Approves 1st Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer

FDA Approves 1st Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to the first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer. Latest Cancer News The combination of immunotherapy (Tecentriq) and chemotherapy (Abraxane) was given accelerated approval for triple-negative breast cancer that is locally advanced or has spread, cannot be surgically removed, and has cells that have a protein […]

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octreotide (Sandostatin)

octreotide (Sandostatin)

What is octreotide injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Octreotide acetate is an injectable medicine that is very similar to the hormone somatostatin, which is naturally produced in the body that has several effects including inhibition of the release of hormones. Octreotide works in a similar fashion as somatostatin, but is degraded […]

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Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Latest Asthma News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports. Researchers evaluated asthma and allergy status, lung function and school performance of 216 black, Hispanic (Latino) and white children in a U.S. city. Those with a greater […]

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Stress: A feeling of control may limit its negative effects

Stress: A feeling of control may limit its negative effects

Researchers conducted a study on rats and revealed that the possibility of controlling the source of stress may be key to reducing its impact. Controlling stress is important to reducing its negative consequences. Everybody experiences stress at some point in their lives. Sometimes, stress can be a positive force and lead to positive outcomes. However, […]

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How yo-yo dieting impacts women’s heart health

How yo-yo dieting impacts women’s heart health

New research reveals worrying associations between yo-yo dieting and seven well-established markers of cardiovascular health. New research looks into how yo-yo dieting may affect a woman’s cardiovascular health. As if losing weight wasn’t hard enough, up to 80 percent of people who manage to lose more than 10 percent of their body weight end up […]