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Is <i>E. coli</i> Contagious? (Symptoms and Cure)

Is E. coli Contagious? (Symptoms and Cure)

What is E. coli? E. coli is a species of bacteria that are gram-stain negative and rod shaped. E. coli commonly live in the intestines of healthy individuals. The complete scientific name of the bacteria is termed Escherichia coli. Most E. coli are harmless to humans, but a few strains of the bacteria can cause […]

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Is Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Contagious?

Is Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Contagious?

What is pharyngitis? Pharyngitis is medical term for a sore throat. Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx (throat) that results in throat discomfort, pain and/or throat scratchiness; in some individuals it may cause painful swallowing. Sore throat is usually caused by a viral infection and less commonly, a bacterial infection usually by group A […]

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Is Laryngitis Contagious?

Is Laryngitis Contagious?

What is laryngitis? The definition of laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx (the voice box that contains the vocal cords). In laryngitis the vocal cords that are responsible for sounds made by the voice become inflamed and possibly swollen, which results in a voice change that may sound hoarse, raspy, or low volume; so […]

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16 Early Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Source: Getty Images What are early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and what areas of the body are affected? While early signs and symptoms of RA can be mimicked by other diseases, the warning signs and symptoms are very characteristic of rheumatoid disease. The 16 early RA symptoms and signs discussed in this article […]

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Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)

What is the treatment for lupus? Is there a cure for lupus? There is no permanent cure for SLE. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and protect organs by decreasing inflammation and/or the level of autoimmune activity in the body. The precise treatment is decided on an individual basis. Many people with mild […]

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

What are ankylosing spondylitis treatment options? The treatment of ankylosing spondylitis typically involves the use of medications to reduce inflammation and/or suppress immunity to stop progression of the disease, physical therapy, and exercise. Medications decrease inflammation in the spine and other joints and organs. Physical therapy and exercise help improve posture, spine mobility, and lung […]

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Is Peanut Allergy ‘Immunotherapy’ Causing More Harm Than Good?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Allergies News THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The idea behind immunotherapy for peanut allergy is appealing in its simplicity: Ask a patient to eat tiny amounts of peanut every day, and over time their immune system will become desensitized to it. Unfortunately, this cure might be doing more […]

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Innovative patch may reduce muscle damage after a heart attack

Innovative patch may reduce muscle damage after a heart attack

A recent study in rats shows that an innovative patch prevented the stretching of the heart muscle common after a heart attack. An innovative new patch limits heart muscle damage after a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that provides the heart muscle with oxygen is significantly reduced or blocked. The […]

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Is drinking cold water bad for a person?

Is drinking cold water bad for a person?

Staying hydrated is vital for our health, but there is some debate about the best temperature for water to be when people drink it. Some advocates believe that drinking cold water can be bad for you. Consuming enough water every day is essential for supporting all bodily functions, including digestion and metabolism, getting rid of […]

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How to recognize and treat an infected wound

How to recognize and treat an infected wound

A wound infection occurs when germs, such as bacteria, grow within the damaged skin of a wound. Symptoms can include increasing pain, swelling, and redness. More severe infections may cause nausea, chills, or fever. A person may be able to treat minor wound infections at home. However, people with more severe or persistent wound infections […]