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COVID-19 is having an impact on infants’ microbiota, and this may affect them in their later lives. Published in the…

Omega-3 is an important fatty acid that has proven health benefits. The extent of its benefit to be used as…

Our mental health can be influenced by long-term conditions, including dermatological ones such as eczema. This post was inspired by…

Tattooing involves pricking the body and introducing ink into the skin. In a small number of cases, bacterial infection can…

This post was inspired by the open access research article “The Additive Value of 3D Total Body Imaging for Sequential…

This post looks at a single case of Raynaud’s phenomenon (a disruption of the blood flow in the fingers and…

Progressive neurodegenerative diseases have no cure but, in some cases, can be slowed down or controlled. Astrocytes, a type of…

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 5–20% of women of reproductive age worldwide. When left untreated, this can lead to issues…

This post looks at finasteride, explaining what it is, what it is prescribed for, and what adverse effects it can…

With many current cancer treatments involving at-home medication and not necessarily requiring a hospital stay, the onus of cancer management…

This post is based on the free access article “Diagnostic Accuracy of Trichoscopy in Inflammatory Scalp Diseases: A Systematic Review”…

This blog post answers the query that most pregnant women who are tested as SARS-CoV-2-positive have: “Will my baby get…

Mental health problems are an issue in patients with different chronic diseases. End-stage renal disease has also been associated with…

This post looks at the impact of type 1 diabetes on the development of children’s brains. Type 1 diabetes is…

This post looks at gastric cancer. What is it, how does it happen, and what are the treatment options? Based…

Based on the open access paper “Interactions of Carbohydrate Intake and Physical Activity with Regulatory Genes Affecting Glycaemia: A Food4Me…

From the time they are born, it is important for humans to have a good composition of gut microbes to…

Delayed allergic reactions, also known as delayed hypersensitive reactions, occur days, weeks or even months after exposure. This post deals…

This blog post is about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is inspired by the recent open access paper “Improvement in…

Outside of the doctor-patient interaction, patients with chronic disease need support to navigate their medical and mental journey with their…