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Gut bacteria might influence depression, and this is how

Gut bacteria might influence depression, and this is how

New research suggests a significant link between the health of the gut and its bacterial population and mental health. For the first time, scientists have explored this link in humans. They identified some of the possible culprits. There is a link between bacterial diversity in the gut and depression. Researchers are now showing that the […]

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How certain bacteria protect us against flu

How certain bacteria protect us against flu

A new study brings us closer to an anti-flu probiotic pill. By subtly altering the bacteria in our nose and throat, we might be able to beat influenza. The respiratory system’s microbiome could help researchers defeat the influenza virus (pictured). In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in […]

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Common pain relievers may worsen C. difficile infection

Common pain relievers may worsen C. difficile infection

A study finds that certain pain relievers may promote Clostridium difficile infection. The results may help improve the management of the condition and its symptoms. Clostridium difficile infection is relatively common and can be serious. Clostridium difficile, also called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon. This health […]

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Todo lo que necesita saber sobre los herpes labiales

Todo lo que necesita saber sobre los herpes labiales

Los herpes labiales son pequeñas heridas o lesiones similares a las ampollas que aparecen en los labios, barbilla, mejillas, dentro de las fosas nasales, encías o paladar (estas dos últimas con menos frecuencia). Normalmente, producen dolor, una sensación de ardor o picazón antes de que se rompan y formen una costra. Se suelen denominar con […]

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Herpes simplex: Everything you need to know

Herpes simplex: Everything you need to know

Herpes simplex is a viral infection that typically affects the mouth, genitals, or anal area. It is contagious and can cause outbreaks of sores and other symptoms. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a highly prevalent infection globally, with the most common type affecting around 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 years. It spreads […]

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New drug kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in clinical trial

New drug kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in clinical trial

Antibiotic resistance is a major obstacle that modern medicine is currently grappling with. It has created crisis situations around the world, and researchers are trying to find solutions. One clinical trial is now breaking the superbug barrier. A new antibiotic has proved its worth in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria. Bacteria can cause a range […]

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Which airport surfaces carry the most viruses?

Which airport surfaces carry the most viruses?

As the cold season approaches, we could all benefit from being more cautious about germs and viruses, especially in crowded areas. New research scans various airport surfaces and finds that plastic security trays hold the highest concentration of viruses. Airports are major traveling hubs, but some airport areas are riddled with germs. Most of the […]

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What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

Miller Fisher syndrome, also known as Fisher’s syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden weakness in the face, loss of reflexes, and poor coordination. Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) is a rare, autoimmune nerve condition. It is a less-severe form of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Read on for an overview of Miller Fisher syndrome, including symptoms, treatment, […]

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Bat flu virus may be capable of infecting human cells

Bat flu virus may be capable of infecting human cells

Bats sighted this Halloween may not be quite as boo-tiful as they look. Bats have long been associated with haunted houses, spooky caves, and vampires. However, their nexus with the bloodcurdling and bone-chilling is not the only reason the masses fear them; they are also reservoirs for infectious disease. Now, researchers have been successful in […]

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Zika warnings lead to significant increase in demand for abortions in Latin America

Zika warnings lead to significant increase in demand for abortions in Latin America

Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, in many of these countries, abortion is either illegal or highly restricted, leaving pregnant women with few options and potentially driving women to use […]