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Antibiotic plus probiotic combination may kill off superbugs
A combination of antibiotics and probiotics has successfully wiped out MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa — two drug resistant bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic resistance: Breakthrough study offers solution
Mice treated with small molecules that stop bacteria forming toxins survived MRSA infection without the need for antibiotics, study found. (Medical News Today)

Herpes may account for 50 percent of Alzheimer's cases
A large review suggests that the herpes virus may result in a heightened risk of senile dementia, and may account for numerous Alzheimer's diagnoses. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about gingivostomatitis
Gingivostomatitis is an infection that occurs in and around the mouth. It causes painful sores, blisters, and swelling. It is more common in children and is highly contagious. Learn more about the causes and risk factors in this article, as well as treatment options and how to get relief. (Medical News Today)

Differences between pimples and cold sores
Cold sores and pimples can look similar, but they are two separate conditions. Here, we examine their differences and similarities, including their causes, treatment, and prevention. (Medical News Today)

What can cause facial swelling?
A person's face can become swollen in response to injuries, allergic reactions, infections, and other medical conditions. Face swelling that occurs alongside other symptoms, such as breathing difficulties or rapid heartbeat, may indicate anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical assistance. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes a pimple in the nose?
Pimples in the nose can cause pain and discomfort. They can often result from an ingrown hair and usually go away without treatment. However, a pimple in the nose can sometimes be the sign of a more serious condition, such as an infection. Learn more about causes and how to treat a pimple in the nose here. (Medical News Today)

The probiotic that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus are highly resistant to antibiotics and can be deadly. New research shows that a probiotic can destroy them. (Medical News Today)

What to know about esophageal thrush
Esophageal thrush is a fungal infection of the food pipe. It occurs when a naturally occurring fungus called Candida grows out of control. Esophageal thrush is a serious condition, causing pain and difficulty swallowing. It may also spread to other parts of the body. Learn more about esophageal thrush here. (Medical News Today)

What are the risks of having too much amniotic fluid?
Having too much amniotic fluid during pregnancy can result in an early or difficult delivery. It can also increase the risk to the baby. A doctor may resolve the issue by removing some of the excess fluid, or they may recommend medications that have the same effect. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Mediterranean diet promotes anticancer bacteria in the breast
Compared with following a Western diet, a Mediterranean diet alters breast metabolites and microbiome to favor anticancer effects, a mammal study shows. (Medical News Today)

What is enteritis?
Enteritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the small intestine. There are several types, including infectious enteritis and radiation enteritis. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Treatment options include electrolyte solutions or medication in some cases. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors
A new phase I clinical trial looks at whether a modified bacterial strain is safe and effective in attacking stubborn, treatment-resistant cancer tumors. (Medical News Today)

Drug resistance: 'Trojan horse' compound kills bacteria from within
Researchers have found a way to 'trick' bacteria into eating a compound that is similar to iron and destroys the microbes from the inside. (Medical News Today)

What is chronic laryngitis?
Chronic laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box that lasts for more than 3 weeks. It can cause hoarseness and other symptoms. Causes include other illnesses and certain lifestyle factors. Treatment involves resting the voice, avoiding throat irritants, and treating underlying conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

We may not need to rely on antibiotics to treat UTIs
New research has discovered that targeting cellulose may reduce — or even completely do away with — the need to take antibiotics to treat some infections. (Medical News Today)

What can cause a rash on the face in a baby?
Babies commonly develop rashes on their faces. Most are nothing to worry about, and many clear up on their own. Possible causes include eczema, acne, milia, and slapped cheek syndrome. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is bronchopneumonia?
Bronchopneumonia is pneumonia that affects the bronchi of the lungs, causing inflammation. It often results from a bacterial infection, but viruses and fungi can also cause it. Symptoms include coughing, breathing problems, and fever. It can resolve in a few weeks but, if not treated, can be life-threatening. (Medical News Today)

How to treat and prevent an infected ear piercing
Ear piercings are prone to infection, especially when they are new. In this article, learn how to recognize an infection, as well as how to treat it. (Medical News Today)

How the smell of disease can affect healthy people
Disease can affect an individual's bodily odor. New research investigates to what extent this change in smell may impact groups that share a living space. (Medical News Today)

What does your 'microbiome cloud' say about you?
An innovative study takes the first in-depth look at the chemicals, creatures, and particles that enter our personal space every single day: our exposome. (Medical News Today)

What causes yellow stool?
A range of situations and conditions can cause yellow stool. In most cases, yellow stool is due to what a person eats. It may also have an underlying medical cause, such as problems with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Fighting brain cancer with the Zika virus
Scientists have found some surprising common ground between the Zika virus and brain cancer. They hope that a Zika vaccine may help combat glioblastoma. (Medical News Today)

How a protein works with gut bacteria to prevent obesity
Learning more about the inflammatory mechanisms that promote obesity can help us find new treatments for this metabolic condition, new research shows. (Medical News Today)

Probiotics may help battle antibiotic resistance
Probiotics are known to reduce the risk of certain infections. The latest study finds that they may also reduce the need for antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

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