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Scalp seborrheic dermatitis is a long word, but, simply described, it means an itchy scalp. It affects many people to…

Helicobacter pylori infection in the stomach affects half of the population worldwide. Common treatments involve combining different types of medicine,…

Cholangiocarcinoma is a type of cancer that is exceedingly rare in children and, as a result, there is no standard…

Children born prematurely are more likely to have problems with their development than those born after a typical length pregnancy….

Acute and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding are common symptoms of a whole range of diseases of the digestive tract. The acute…

Many soft drinks, whether they are sugary or artificially sweetened, are acidic. In the open access research article “Erosive Potential…

Reflux esophagitis is a common condition that is worth taking seriously: Chronic cases are associated with gastrointestinal bleeding, increased cancer…

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults, and the incidence is increasing. In the free…

Malnutrition is a very common problem for people who have cancer, even before diagnosis. It can lead to loss of…

Lupus is a type of autoimmune disease that is hard to diagnose and is not well understood. In the open-access…

Antibiotic medicines help to fight infection in the body; however, some people can be allergic to them. This is often…

Long-lasting damage after a traumatic brain injury can be caused by excessive neuroinflammation in the brain. In the open access…

There is anecdotal evidence that bathing in the Blue Lagoon near Grindavik, Iceland, might reduce uneven skin pigmentation. The authors…

Copper and zinc are essential trace nutrients that play important roles in the body. In the open-access case report “Copper…

What’s it like inside your nose? Is snot good? How does our nose protect us from getting sick or having…

Allergic rhinitis affects a large portion of the population (up to 30% of adults and 40% of children). The symptoms…

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological disorder which, among other things, causes problems with muscle control. This leads to…

Extreme climate events, such as heatwaves, have become more common because of climate change and place a heavy burden on…

Diabetes insipidus is a relatively rare condition but one worthy of awareness. This post describes the condition, how you would…

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) refers to a woman having sudden heavy bleeding after giving birth, which can be fatal. In the…

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin problem from which more than 125 million people worldwide suffer. Over the past 20 years,…

Surgery requires preoperative fasting. But why? And when can you eat again after surgery? This blog post looks at the…

When a person undergoes non-emergency major surgery, existing or new blood problems such as unusual clotting or too much bleeding…

Peanut allergy is a leading cause of anaphylaxis and some infants are more at risk of developing it than others….

Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is an emergency problem with the bowel that can often be life-threatening. If a person becomes…

This post looks at microneedling, which is a cosmetic procedure with some applications in dermatology. It has been gaining in…

Inflammation of the gut or the digestive tract can result in a condition called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The treatment…

Assessment of mucosal healing in people with ulcerative colitis by white-light endoscopy has several limitations. In the review article “Possible…

While drugs have been developed against infectious microorganisms, under certain conditions organisms can develop resistance to the drugs available. This…

Some low-risk prostate cancers can be monitored by “active surveillance”, but the correct identification of patients with low-risk cancer at…