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Stool Color, Changes in Color, Texture, and Form

Stool Color, Changes in Color, Texture, and Form

Source: iStock Stool color, texture, and form changes facts The normal stool (poop, feces) usually is light to dark brown. Although changes in stool color or texture may be normal, most changes should be evaluated. The symptoms associated with stool color changes, if any, are the symptoms of the underlying cause of the change, for […]

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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

REFERENCES: Iwamoto, M., et al. “Transmission of West Nile Virus From an Organ Donor to Four Transplant Recipients.” N Engl J Med 348 (2003): 2196-2203. <http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022987#t=article>. Johnston, B. Lynn, and John M. Conly. “West Nile Virus – Where Did It Come From and Where Might It Go?” Can J Infect Dis. 11.4 July-Aug. 2000: 175-178. […]

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CDC Warns of Start to &#8216;Season&#8217; for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids

CDC Warns of Start to ‘Season’ for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Infectious Disease News TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The “season” for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors on Tuesday. The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with […]

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dobutamine

dobutamine

What is intravenous dobutamine? What is dobutamine used for? Dobutamine is a synthetic catecholamine. Dobutamine injection is indicated when parenteral therapy is necessary for inotropic support in the short-term treatment of adults with cardiac decompensation due to depressed contractility resulting either from organic heart disease or from cardiac surgical procedures. In patients who have atrial […]

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tacrolimus (Prograf, Astagraf XL, Envarsus XR)

tacrolimus (Prograf, Astagraf XL, Envarsus XR)

What is tacrolimus? What are the uses for tacrolimus? Tacrolimus, previously known as FK506, is a macrolide immunosuppressant produced by the bacteria Streptomyces tsukubaensis. Tacrolimus is used for the prevention of rejection of transplanted kidneys, liver, or heart. It can be combined with steroids, azathioprine (Imuran Azasan) or mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept). What brand names are […]

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fentanyl patch (Duragesic)

fentanyl patch (Duragesic)

What is the fentanyl patch? What is the fentanyl patch used for? The fentanyl patch is indicated for the management of pain in opioid-tolerant patients, severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Patients considered opioid-tolerant are those who are taking, for one week or longer, […]

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pravastatin (Pravichol)

pravastatin (Pravichol)

What is pravastatin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Pravastatin is an oral drug for lowering the cholesterol in the blood that contributes to the formation of plaques in the walls of arteries that obstruct the flow of blood, known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease. Obstruction of the flow of blood to the heart […]

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Switching off this enzyme reversed prediabetes in mice

Switching off this enzyme reversed prediabetes in mice

Targeting the body’s ceramide chemistry in a subtle way could lead to the development of safe new treatments for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other metabolic conditions. Scientists have reversed prediabetes by switching off a certain enzyme. This was the suggestion that scientists made after finding that they could reverse prediabetes in mice with […]

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What happens in the brain when we are bored?

What happens in the brain when we are bored?

In people who are prone to boredom, this state can negatively affect their mental health. So, what happens in the brain when we get bored, and how can this help us find ways of dealing with boredom? A new study investigates. What happens in the brains of people who are prone to boredom? New research […]