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What can cause a sore eyelid?
Causes of sore eyelids can include styes, chalazia, injuries, infections, and problems with contact lenses. Although sore eyelids often get better on their own, a person should see a doctor if they experience vision problems or their symptoms are severe or do not improve. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Health benefits of peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is a popular herbal tea that is naturally calorie- and caffeine-free. Some research has suggested that the oils in peppermint may have antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. Learn more about the health benefits of peppermint tea here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about gargling with salt water
Salt water gargles are a cheap, easy, and natural alternative to medicated mouthwashes. Gargling with salt water can help clean the mouth and ease symptoms of sore throats, mouth sores, allergies, and dental procedures. Learn more about salt water gargles here. (Medical News Today)

Anxiety: 11 of 21 studies say regulating gut bacteria may help
A new review evaluating the findings of 21 studies suggests that interventions regulating the intestinal flora could help reduce anxiety symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Bridge of nose pain: Causes and how to treat it
There are many possible causes of pain in the bridge of the nose. Most commonly, the pain is due to an injury or sinusitis. Learn about these and other causes as well as possible treatments here. (Medical News Today)

Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis: What you need to know
Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis are both conditions that can affect the nervous system and cause joint pain and swelling. Learn about their similarities and differences here. (Medical News Today)

Loss of balance: Everything you need to know
Many different conditions can cause a loss of balance, including inner ear infections and Ménière’s disease. Some medications can also contribute. Learn about these and other possible causes here. We also cover treatment options. (Medical News Today)

How to tell if eggs are still good
Eggs can stay fresh for several weeks, but they do eventually spoil. Some simple ways of checking whether an egg is still good are looking at the expiration date, doing a visual inspection, and smelling the egg. The main risk of eating a bad egg is Salmonella infection. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause stomach pain and nausea?
Stomach pain and nausea often occur together and can affect both adults and children. Although these symptoms usually resolve within a few days, they can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Augmentin (Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium)
Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium) is a prescription medication that’s used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a class of drugs called penicillin antibiotics. Augmentin comes as an oral tablet and an oral liquid suspension. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Medical News Today)

Could gut bacteria explain the link between stress and autoimmune disease?
A mouse study shows that persistent social stress alters gut bacteria in ways that raise the likelihood of immune system attacks on the body's own tissues. (Medical News Today)

Can this food additive turn our gut bacteria against us?
After conducting a study in mice, researchers claim to have found 'pivotal evidence' that a common food additive is harmful to gut health. (Medical News Today)

Where antibiotics fail, 'bacteria-eating' viruses may prevail
Researchers have successfully used a mix of 'bacteria-eating' viruses to treat a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant infection in a chronically ill patient. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about fecal transplants
Fecal transplants are a recent development in the treatment of several conditions, including Clostridium difficile infections. Learn more about this treatment and the emerging research on it here. (Medical News Today)

How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?
H. pylori live in the stomachs of around 50% of all humans. Despite their prevalence, little is known about how they can survive inside us for a lifetime. (Medical News Today)

What causes a smell behind the ear?
Causes of a smell behind the ear include poor hygiene and infected ear piercings. Treatment depends on the cause. In this article, learn more about what makes the area behind the ears smell, as well as how to prevent this. (Medical News Today)

What causes sharp stomach pain that comes and goes?
Many common problems can cause sharp stomach pain that comes and goes, including trapped gas and viruses. Learn about these and other causes in this article. (Medical News Today)

What is liver fibrosis?
Liver fibrosis occurs when chronic injury or inflammation causes a buildup of scar tissue. This interferes with the liver’s ability to function and regenerate. In this article, we look at how liver fibrosis develops and when treatment can reverse the damage. (Medical News Today)

What is lymphangitis?
Lymphangitis is a serious secondary infection that affects the lymph system. In this article, learn about the symptoms, what it looks like, and when to seek treatment. (Medical News Today)

How long does the flu last?
The flu is a common illness that affects thousands of people every year. In this article, learn about how long the flu lasts, what symptoms to expect, and when to seek medical treatment. (Medical News Today)

Why pet antibiotics could make their owners sick
British-based scientists have detected a gene that helps bacteria become resistant to the antibiotic linezolid. Crucially, this gene may spread to humans. (Medical News Today)

How to recognize and treat an infected wound
Symptoms of an infected wound can include increasing pain, redness, and swelling in the affected area. A person may be able to treat minor wound infections at home. However, people with more severe symptoms or larger wounds should seek medical attention. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is an itchy scalp linked with hair loss?
An itchy scalp links to hair loss in several different ways. In this article, we look at the causes of each of these issues, the links between them, and possible treatments and home remedies. (Medical News Today)

Ginkgo seeds may help keep skin blemish-free, but there's a catch
Ginkgo seed extracts can fight bacteria that harm the skin, but researchers are still a long way from developing them into safe products. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?
Doctors advise people to avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotic Flagyl. This is because serious drug interactions and side effects can occur. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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