Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How long are you contagious with gastro?

There's no way you'd want to go to work when you've got the telltale signs of gastro: nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. But what about when you're feeling a bit better? When is it safe to be around colleagues, ...

Medical research

Marijuana rivals mainstream drugs for HIV/AIDS symptoms

Those in the United States living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to use marijuana than those in Kenya, South Africa or Puerto Rica to alleviate their symptoms, according to a new study published in Clinical Nursing Research, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

14 dead in Germany as cucumber crisis grows

Germany on Monday held crisis talks amid reports that at least 14 people have died and hundreds are ill in an outbreak of a highly virulent strain of bacteria found on imported cucumbers.

HIV & AIDS

Preventing HIV transmission during breastfeeding

In order to reduce the transmission of HIV from mother to baby during breastfeeding, scientists are developing a low-cost, modified nipple shield which dispenses antiviral compounds.

Medications

Peppermint earns respect in mainstream medicine

University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the population.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Probiotics shorten diarrhea episodes

Probiotic bacteria given as therapies for diarrhoea reduce the length of time sufferers are affected and lessen the chance of episodes continuing for more than four days. These are the findings of a new systematic review ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Deadly E. Coli in Germany: a timeline

Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), which has sparked a food-health scare in Germany, has already killed 31 people and infected 3,000 since the first cases were reported on May 24.

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Diarrhea

In medicine, diarrhea (from the Greek, "diarrhoia" meaning "a flowing through"), also spelled diarrhoea (see spelling differences), is the condition of having frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. Acute diarrhea is a common cause of death in developing countries and the second most common cause of infant deaths worldwide. The loss of fluids through diarrhea can cause severe dehydration which is one cause of death in diarrhea sufferers. Along with water, sufferers also lose dangerous amounts of important salts, electrolytes, and other nutrients.

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