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Wed, 20 Jun 2018, 14:44 GMT

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Common infections during pregnancy
During pregnancy, a person’s body goes through many changes. Some of these changes may make it more likely for them to get certain infections. In this article, we look at common vaginal and whole-body infections that affect women during pregnancy, how these infections might affect the baby, and how to prevent them. (Medical News Today)

Rare case of bubonic plague reported in Idaho
This week, the case of a young boy contracting plague has been in the news. Here, we cover the details and offer advice for those who are concerned. (Medical News Today)

How can you stop a chronic UTI?
A urinary tract infection is a painful condition that has a variety of symptoms, including frequent urination accompanied by a burning feeling. There is a range of treatment options available for recurring urinary tract infections, including home remedies. Learn ways to prevent them, such as drinking plenty of water. (Medical News Today)

Toxic synovitis: Causes and symptoms
Toxic synovitis causes joint pain and inflammation in the hip. It primarily affects children and usually occurs following a viral infection. Signs of toxic synovitis include limping, walking on the tips of the toes, complaining of leg or hip pain, and being reluctant to walk. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment. (Medical News Today)

What to know about atrophic gastritis
Atrophic gastritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the stomach lining over a long time. Either a bacterial infection or an autoimmune condition is responsible. Autoimmune atrophic gastritis can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency and pernicious anemia. Learn more about causes and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy
A gastric (stomach) tissue biopsy and culture is a medical procedure used to diagnose stomach conditions. A stomach biopsy can detect bacteria, inflammation, and cancers. It is usually performed with an endoscope. Here, learn what to expect before, during, and after a gastric biopsy, including results and recovery. (Medical News Today)

Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?
The ears are linked to the nose and throat, and infections in any of these areas can cause ear pain when swallowing. A range of other issues, such as dental abscesses and joint damage, can also cause this pain. Here, learn about the many causes and their symptoms and treatments. We also describe when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Using spider silk to boost our immune systems
Using synthetic spider silk, researchers have created a type of microcapsule that can deliver vaccines straight to the heart of our immune cells. (Medical News Today)

What are some home remedies for shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a rash, which can be painful. There are several home remedies that may provide relief from the symptoms. These include chamomile, witch hazel, and oat baths. Different treatments may be more effective for different people. Learn more about natural treatments for shingles here. (Medical News Today)

What causes breath to smell like urine?
Most people will have bad breath at least once in their life, but it is unusual for breath to smell like urine. Possible causes range from nasal congestion to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Here, learn more about why breath might smell like urine and how to treat it. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Epstein-Barr virus testing
The Epstein-Barr virus is a type of herpes virus. It is very common, and because the symptoms are quite general, a doctor may order an Epstein-Barr virus blood test to confirm whether or not a person currently has or has had this virus in the past. Read on to learn about the procedure and how to interpret the results. (Medical News Today)

Common symptoms of a sinus infection
Sinus infections, or sinusitis, occur when a virus of bacteria enters the sinuses. The symptoms of sinusitis are similar to a cold, but it also involves a feeling of pressure and congestion in the sinuses. Read on for a list of common symptoms and treatments for sinus infections. (Medical News Today)

Is Parkinson's linked to bacteriophages?
Although Parkinson's is a neurological condition, new research finds that levels of bacteria and bacteriophages in the gut might also be important. (Medical News Today)

What is the wet mount procedure?
One test for vaginitis is called a wet mount. Vaginitis is a term for several issues that involve infection or inflammation of the vagina or vulva. A wet mount checks for signs of bacteria and other microorganisms. Results can help to determine the type of vaginitis and the appropriate treatment. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Bubonic plague 1,000 years older than previously thought
Researchers have just found and analyzed the oldest bubonic plague genome, revealing that the origins of the plague as we know it go back 4,000 years. (Medical News Today)

Bacteriophages: A replacement for antibiotics?
A new study tests the possibility of using bacteriophages — viruses that kill bacteria — to treat gastrointestinal problems. The results are encouraging. (Medical News Today)

What do yellow toenails mean?
There are several possible causes of yellow toenails, including fungal infection and overuse of nail polish. This symptom can sometimes indicate a more serious condition, such as yellow nail syndrome. In this article, we look at why toenails might become discolored, and how to prevent and treat yellow toenails. (Medical News Today)

High-salt diet may kill off 'good' gut bacteria
Eating too much salt is known to increase blood pressure. Researchers recently discovered that this might be due to salt’s impact on gut bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Using microbes to track down criminals
Using mock burglaries, researchers investigate a way to catch criminals using the microbes they leave behind. Could your microbiome give you away? (Medical News Today)

Probiotics might make us immune to stress
New research shows that a specific probiotic called Mycobacterium vaccae reduces the brain's inflammatory response to stress in rodents. (Medical News Today)

Tea tree oil may replace antibiotics in the fight against infections
Using antibacterial molecules derived from tea tree oil, researchers have created a bioactive coating that can keep bacteria away from medical devices. (Medical News Today)

What is intestinal metaplasia?
Intestinal metaplasia is a condition where the cells lining the stomach transform into cells that resemble those found in the intestines. It is considered to be a precancerous condition, but treatments are available. A person can prevent intestinal metaplasia by avoiding risk factors, such as smoking and poor diet. (Medical News Today)

Vaginal bacteria may have a role in cervical cancer
A new study reveals that microbe composition and other conditions in the vagina are linked to the development of cervical cancer in all its stages. (Medical News Today)

Could 'dog flu' be the next pandemic?
A new study confirms that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to dogs. Rapidly changing, some are concerned it could cause the next flu pandemic. (Medical News Today)

How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?
Cracks in teeth vary in severity. Some are mild and invisible, while others are significant and cause a lot of pain. Dentists judge the extent of damage by inspecting the tooth and taking X-rays. Here, we describe how to tell if a tooth is cracked and when one needs removing. We also explore other treatment options. (Medical News Today)

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