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More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel and cafeteria workers. This ...

Health Tip: Understanding Probiotics

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Probiotics are live microorganisms (such as bacteria) that are sold as supplements, included in topically-applied skin creams and added to food products such as yogurt. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any health claims for probiotics. But the some people take probiotics for potential health benefits. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this information about ...

Human Gut Germs Dictated by Diet

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – What you eat, or don't eat, affects the mix of germs in your digestive tract, new research indicates. Thousands of microbial species thrive in the human intestine, helping people digest fiber and make vitamins and other molecules. They also help strengthen the immune system and protect against potentially harmful bacteria, Stanford University School of Medicine ...

Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors. Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by ...

Can Your Heartburn Meds Shorten Your Life?

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Popular heartburn medications like Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may increase your risk of early death when taken for extended periods, a new study suggests. Further, the longer you take these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the greater your risk of early death, said senior researcher Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. He is a kidney specialist and assistant professor of ...

Could a High IQ Mean a Longer Life?

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – A high IQ might do more than help you garner good grades: New research suggests it might also lengthen your life. Scottish researchers analyzed data on nearly 66,000 people who were born in that country in 1936, took an IQ test at age 11, and were followed up to age 79 or death. The investigators discovered that children with high IQs were more likely to live longer ...

High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for the Bowels

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage. "The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa. "The redistribution of blood flow away from the gut and towards working muscles creates ...

Health Tip: Clean Your Refrigerator

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A clean refrigerator can help prevent food-related illness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Immediately clean up spilled juices, particularly from raw meat. To defrost, always put uncooked meat on the bottom shelf inside a container with a lid. Use warm, soapy water and a sponge to clean shelves, drawers and other surfaces. Avoid spray cleaners. Dry with a ...

Fecal Transplant Shows Early Promise Against Autism

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – A small study suggests a novel treatment for kids with autism: Give these young patients a fresh supply of healthy gut bacteria via a fecal transplant. After the procedure, the children experienced a 25 percent reduction in symptoms related to language, social interaction and repetitive behaviors, said study co-author James Adams, an autism researcher at Arizona State ...

Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Many children with autism suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as belly pain and constipation. And new research suggests that these issues may stem from a heightened response to stress. "When treating a patient with autism who has constipation and other lower gastrointestinal issues, physicians may give them a laxative to address these issues," said study author ...

For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion – acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn't have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She's a lecturer at Lund University in ...

Vomiting Disorder on Rise in Weed-Friendly Colorado

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Long-term heavy marijuana use can cause chronic vomiting and abdominal pain in some people, new research suggests. And the syndrome could become more frequent and pervasive as more states legalize use of the drug, according to health experts. Cases of the disorder, which is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), doubled in Colorado as access to legal marijuana ...

Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. For the study, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in ...

Health Highlights: Oct. 29, 2016

Posted 30 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: First Baby With Zika-Linked Microcephaly Born in Puerto Rico The first baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly has been born in Puerto Rico, health officials there said Friday. Born within the past two weeks, the newborn suffered severe birth defects and is still in the hospital, the Associated ...

The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said ...

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