Health

Why smokers gain weight when they quit smoking

Most smokers put on a couple of kilos when they quit smoking. This is not due to an increased calorie intake, but to a change in the composition of the intestinal flora after quitting smoking, as a study supported by the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Does the dangerous new Middle East coronavirus have an African origin?

The MERS-coronavirus is regarded as a dangerous novel pathogen: Almost 50 people have died from infection with the virus since it was first discovered in 2012. To date all cases are connected with the Arabian peninsula. Scientists ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Suspected common source of hepatitis A in Nordic countries

Four of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) have detected more hepatitis A cases than usual among people who did not travel abroad during the incubation period before they became ill (domestic infection). ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Syria hit by typhoid outbreak: WHO

A rebel-held area of Syria has been hit by an outbreak of typhoid after power cuts hit water supplies and forced the population to turn to the Euphrates River, the UN's health agency warned Tuesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How does fibrosis occur in Crohn's disease?

New research has shown that a protein, known as IL-13, could be the key to the development of fibrosis in Crohn's disease. This breakthrough could help to advance new medicines to treat people suffering with the disease.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Tourists in Nepal warned over cholera outbreak

Nepal on Monday urged foreign travellers to take precautions against cholera after 13 people died in an outbreak in the remote west of the country.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

E. coli in the countryside: whose problem is it anyway?

Reducing the risks of catching E. coli O157 in the countryside is everyone's problem. That means we should all take responsibility - individual residents and visitors, as well as farmers and government - according to researchers ...

Medical research

Healthy gut flora could prevent obesity

Poor gut flora is believed to trigger obesity. In the same way, healthy gut flora could reduce the risk. This has shown to be the case in tests on rats.

Health

Slug-eating dare sparks Australia health alarm

Australian health authorities Thursday warned people against eating raw slugs after a man who reportedly ingested one as a dare became critically ill with a rare form of meningitis.

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Feces

Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is a waste product from an animal's digestive tract expelled through the anus or cloaca during defecation.

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