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Targeting one gut bacterium may treat alcoholic liver disease
Scientists have successfully eradicated alcoholic liver disease in mice using a combination of viruses that target a certain toxin-releasing gut bacterium. (Medical News Today)

New blood test marks progress in battle against sepsis
A new blood test that groups sepsis patients into those at low, medium, and high risk of death could save lives by enabling earlier precision treatment. (Medical News Today)

What to know about urine tests for creatinine
Creatinine is a normal waste product that the body produces every day. High levels in the urine can indicate kidney problems, high muscle tone, or other factors. Learn about the uses, procedure, and results of creatinine urine tests here. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about smallpox vaccine scars
The smallpox vaccine has eradicated the potentially deadly disease. Anyone who has received this vaccination may notice that it left a scar. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Vaginal pain: Causes and how to treat it
Vaginal pain may result from injury, infection, or no identifiable cause. Learn more about what can cause vaginal pain, as well as other symptoms and ways to find relief. (Medical News Today)

What happens if a dog bite gets infected?
If a dog bite pierces the skin, bacteria from the dog’s mouth can get into the body, which can cause an infection. This article looks at the causes, treatment, and possible complications of infected dog bites. (Medical News Today)

Ringworm: How long is it contagious?
Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin. Here, find out how ringworm spreads, how long it remains contagious, and how to treat the infection. (Medical News Today)

How a virus might protect against skin cancer
A recent study investigating the role of papillomaviruses in skin cancer produces surprising results. These viruses may, in fact, protect against cancer. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between dandruff and hair loss?
Dandruff itself does not cause hair loss, but the two may be linked, as some infections and medical conditions can cause both dandruff and hair loss. Learn more about dandruff, hair loss, and prevention here. (Medical News Today)

New therapeutic approach may improve outcomes in sepsis and stroke
An innovative method that researchers have tested in mouse models could help fight harmful inflammatory responses triggered by sepsis and stroke. (Medical News Today)

CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef
The CDC have recently published information regarding a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. The infections are linked with ground beef consumption. (Medical News Today)

What are the best home remedies for fever?
A fever is an uncomfortable symptom of infection or illness. Learn about the best home remedies for fever in children and adults here. (Medical News Today)

Can one protein open the door to West Nile and Zika treatments?
The finding of a new study in mice could lead to an effective treatment for the West Nile and Zika viruses, even once they have reached the nervous system. (Medical News Today)

No hospital disinfectants can kill off C. diff
New research finds that the hospital disinfectant Clorox comes close, but does not fully eradicate the bacterium Clostridioides difficile. (Medical News Today)

What to know about breast yeast infection
A yeast infection occurs when there is a Candida yeast overgrowth. This infection can affect many parts of the body, including the breasts. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about anal yeast infection
An anal yeast infection occurs when there is an overgrowth in concentrations of Candida in the anus. Read this article to learn more about the symptoms, causes, treatments, and risk factors associated with anal yeast infections. (Medical News Today)

Pitted keratolysis: What to know
Pitted keratolysis is a bacterial infection that affects the soles of the feet and, less commonly, the palms of the hands. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here. (Medical News Today)

How to identify fleabites and bed bug bites
People who experience unexplained bug bites may wonder if they have fleas or bed bugs in the home. In this article, learn how to identify flea and bed bug bites, and what to do after discovering them. (Medical News Today)

Tea tree oil for nail fungus: Does it work?
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that appears to have antifungal properties. Some people, therefore, claim that it may be effective as a treatment for nail fungus. Read on to find out what the research says. (Medical News Today)

Brachial neuritis: Everything you need to know
Brachial neuritis is a type of nerve damage that causes pain and weakness in the shoulder and arm area. Here we look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

Study zeroes in on gut bacteria that may cause bowel cancer
New research uses Mendelian randomization and genetic data to study potential causal relations between certain types of gut bacteria and bowel cancer. (Medical News Today)

Are there any benefits of apple cider vinegar baths?
Taking an apple cider vinegar bath may help with the symptoms of some skin conditions. They could also help keep skin and hair healthy. Read this article to find out more. (Medical News Today)

Can apple cider vinegar help treat Candida?
Candida is a yeast that lives naturally inside the body and on the skin. Some people claim that apple cider vinegar could help to treat Candida infections. This article discusses the research behind the claims. (Medical News Today)

Can apple cider vinegar treat ear infections?
Ear infections are usually due to an overgrowth of infectious bacteria or virus. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that could be effective against certain infections. Read on to find out what the research says. (Medical News Today)

What are the real zombies?
Are there any zombies in nature? And what about humans, are we ever at risk of zombification? Read our special feature to find out what science has to say. (Medical News Today)

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