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Health Tip: Foods With Lactose

Health Tip: Foods With Lactose

(HealthDay News) — Intolerance to lactose, if present at all, varies from person to person, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. Latest Digestion News For many, symptoms can be avoided by reducing the amount of lactose consumed in dairy foods or beverages. But first you have to know that […]

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12 Foods to Eat to Relieve Constipation

12 Foods to Eat to Relieve Constipation

REFERENCES: Allaturi, A. et al. Randomised clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for constipation. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Apr;33(7):822-8<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21323688> Calories in Popcorn, Air-popped. Caloriecount. Jul 26, 2015<http://www.caloriecount.com/calories-popcorn-air-popped-i19034> Holma, R. et al. Constipation Is Relieved More by Rye Bread Than Wheat Bread or Laxatives without Increased Adverse Gastrointestinal Effects. Journal of Nutrition. 20 January 2010. […]

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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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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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Kidney (Renal) Failure

Kidney (Renal) Failure

Source: iStock Kidney failure definition and facts Kidneys are the organs that filter waste products from the blood. They are also involved in regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and red blood cell production in the body. Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products and excess fluid in the body that […]

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citric acid/sodium citrate

citric acid/sodium citrate

What is sodium citrate (alk) citric acid? What is it used for? Sodium citrate/citric acid is used to make urine less acidic and therefore prevent formation of kidney stones. Sodium citrate/citric acid also is useful as a buffer and neutralizing agent for gastric acid. Sodium citrate is broken down to sodium bicarbonate which decreases the […]

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bisacodyl suppository and enema (Dulcolax, Biscolax)

bisacodyl suppository and enema (Dulcolax, Biscolax)

What is bisacodyl-rectal suppository, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. It stimulates the muscles in the wall of the small intestine and colon to generate a bowel movement. It also alters water and electrolyte levels in intestines, increasing the level of fluids which also produce a laxative-like effect. […]

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Health Tip: Causes of Appetite Loss

Health Tip: Causes of Appetite Loss

(HealthDay News) — Any illness can reduce or eliminate your appetite. But if the illness is treatable, appetite should return after treatment, says MedlinePlus. Latest Digestion News Removing Appendix Puts You at Parkinson’s Risk Hepatitis A Infections Soaring: CDC Health Tip: Reduce Excess Gas Health Tip: Signs of Hemorrhoids First Time, Drone Delivers Kidney for […]

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Enterovirulent E. coli (EEC)

Enterovirulent E. coli (EEC)

Enterovirulent E. coli (EEC) facts Picture of E. coli Bacteria Enterovirulent E. coli (EEC) are bacteria that comprise several groups of E. coli serovars, all of which may cause diarrhea and other problems in the intestines. Facts EEC bacteria can cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach […]

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E. coli (0157:H7) Infection

E. coli (0157:H7) Infection

What are E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria? Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium (Enterobacteriaceae family) that can survive in an environment with or without air (facultative anaerobe) and, depending on the environment, may or may not produce thin hair-like structures (flagella or pili) that allow the bacteria to move and to attach to human cells. […]