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What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

What are the facts of Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition that causes inflammation and irritation along the digestive tract. Knowing the facts about Crohn’s can help a person better understand and manage their condition. In this article, we explore Crohn’s disease and its causes, risk factors, and prevalence. We also describe the differences between Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and irritable […]

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What are synovial cysts?

What are synovial cysts?

Synovial cysts are small, fluid-filled lumps that tend to form on the lower spine. These cysts are not cancerous and often do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes lead to problems such as sciatica. Treatment options for synovial cysts include taking pain medication and seeking physical therapy. If a cyst is causing severe […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

It may be feasible to treat pancreatic cancer by using one drug to get the cancer cells to depend on a single source of energy, and another drug to take it away from them. Using two types of drugs at once may combat hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer. The approach looks promising after a recent study successfully […]

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How does exercise impact cognitive function in Parkinson’s?

How does exercise impact cognitive function in Parkinson’s?

Experts have already concluded that exercise can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their motor symptoms, but what is its effect on the cognitive symptoms of this condition? Besides boosting motor function, exercise could improve memory in people with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that usually stands out for the motor symptoms […]

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Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

New research, published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, shows that an antiseptic compound found in mouthwash destroys “friendly” oral bacteria that help maintain normal blood pressure levels. New research finds that mouthwash could destroy ‘friendly’ oral bacteria, which may have important consequences for a person’s cardiovascular health. Scientists know that the […]

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dexamethasone (Decadron, DexPak)

What are the side effects of dexamethasone? Side effects of dexamethasone depend on the dose, the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of dexamethasone usually are well tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long term, high dose dexamethasone usually will produce predictable and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective […]

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methylprednisolone (Medrol)

What is methylprednisolone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Methylprednisolone family of products include methylprednisolone, methylprednisolone acetate (Medrol, Depo-medrol), and methylprednisolone sodium acetate (Solu-medrol). They will be called methylprednisolone in this monograph. They are synthetic (man-made) corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are naturally-occurring chemicals produced by the adrenal glands located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids affect […]

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Treatment May Allow Allergic Kids to Eat Eggs Safely: Study

Latest Allergies News MONDAY, March 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An egg allergy is no joke, but some children who have it could safely eat eggs after immunotherapy treatment, a new study claims. “Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies and usually appears in early childhood. It has significant risk for severe […]

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oxytocin (Pitocin)

oxytocin (Pitocin)

What is oxytocin-injectable, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Oxytocin is a protein produced by the pituitary gland of mammals including man. Pitocin is a man-made version of oxytocin used for stimulating contraction of the uterus. Oxytocin works by increasing the concentration of calcium inside muscle cells that control contraction of the uterus. […]