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At-home use of nail cosmetic products (NCPs) is increasingly popular but can be associated with increased risk of adverse effects…

Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects 10–30% of the Western population. Patients may dismiss it as “permanent indigestion” and try to cope…

Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a rare type of food allergy that is not well understood and is thought…

Sudden death among competitive athletes is most often connected to undiscovered problems with the heart, which are harder to detect…

Allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis both involve inflammation of the nose. In the research article “National Trends in Allergic Rhinitis…

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is a bacteria that can lead to mild and serious bowel problems. The authors of the…

The nails on the ends of our fingers and toes protect them from damage, but can indicate underlying health conditions…

It has been suggested that if a woman takes probiotic supplements during pregnancy then this could help reduce the chances…

Platelets, a type of blood cell, are involved in the control of blood loss. In the review article “In vitro…

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can cause infection in the stomach. It is known to…

The gastrointestinal system or “gut” refers to the parts of our bodies that are involved in digestion, including the stomach…

Trigeminal neuralgia (also called “tic douloureux”) causes intense facial pain, usually on one side of the face. In the open-access…

Immunohematology is the study of antigens on red blood cells and antibodies that are associated with blood transfusions. In the…

People with Parkinson’s disease often have movement-related symptoms such as tremors. In the open-access research article “Long-Term Follow-Up of Unilateral…

Dryness of the mouth and eyes are known side effects of some anticancer treatments. In the open-access article “Sjögren’s Syndrome…

We have all probably “had worms” at some point in our life, most likely in childhood. The type of worm…

Feminizing adrenocortical tumors are an extremely rare type of cancer that develops in the adrenal glands. In the open-access article…

Esophageal motility disorders (EMDs) are problems with the swallowing system and organs. As well as causing difficulty with swallowing, they…

Primary immune thrombocytopenia is a type of autoimmune disorder. In the research article “The Role of Follicular Regulatory T Cells/Follicular…

Flukes are parasitic flatworms that can infect mammals, including humans. In the review article “Biliary Parasitic Diseases Associated with Hepatobiliary…

Does drinking sugary drinks lead to cancer of the digestive system? Studies have been completed to find an answer to…

Psychoneuroimmunology is a field of study that brings together researchers that traditionally work in separate fields. In the open-access editorial…

A colorectal polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum, and…

Atherosclerosis develops when our arteries begin to become narrowed or hardened. In the research article “Assessment of Subclinical Atherosclerosis in…

Glioma is a type of tumor that develops in the nervous system, with differences between gliomas that develop in children…

Glutamate is the body’s main excitatory neurotransmitter, stimulating neurons to send signals around the body. In the free-access review article…

The use of biologically-based complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) by patients with long-term health conditions is increasing. In the research…

Some changes in cognitive function are considered to be a normal part of aging, but others can indicate the presence…

Although stroke is more common among the elderly it can happen at any age. In the research article “Risk Factors…

The exact causes of migraine are unknown, but it is thought that migraine attacks develop as a result of abnormal…