Lower back pain is a fairly common symptom. Coughing may worsen existing lower back pain for some people, whereas for others, lower back pain may only become noticeable when they cough. Coughing can cause a person to lean forward slightly. This position can put stress on the lower back and may displace the vertebrae, or
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A small amount of mucus in a baby’s poop is likely no cause for concern if there are no other symptoms. However, large quantities of mucus, mucus that appears in several stools in a row, or accompanying signs of diarrhea could each point to an allergy, a gastrointestinal infection, or another problem. The intestines naturally
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Dapoxetine, a new antidepressant, has been found to be safe and effective for the treatment of premature ejaculation, according to two major clinical trials. Dapoxetin is a short-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is not uncommon for SSRIs to be used off-label for premature ejaculation. Experts doubt it will be approved by the FDA
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Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence tool to predict sex and estimate age from electrocardiogram readouts. They suggest that, with further development, the tool could soon be helping doctors to assess the overall health of their patients. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG or EKG, is a painless, simple test that records the electrical
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A new device uses a smartphone and a paper microfluidic chip to detect extremely low levels of norovirus. Norovirus is a very contagious virus responsible for around 19–21 million yearly cases of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. In fact, norovirus is “the leading cause of foodborne illness” in the U.S. Norovirus is also responsible
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New research analyzes the effect of cigarette smoke on MRSA strains and finds that it makes the bacteria more persistent, more invasive, and more resistant to certain antibiotics. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death across the world, with tobacco use, including smoking, being responsible for over 7 million fatalities each year. In the
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A recent Japanese study shows an inverse relationship between mushroom intake and the incidence of prostate cancer in middle-aged and elderly men. As the second most diagnosed cancer worldwide, prostate cancer is a significant challenge, and much research has focused on ways to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. In particular, a dietary focus
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What is Gleevec? Gleevec is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to treat certain types of blood cancers in adults and children. Gleevec is also used to treat a type of skin cancer and a type of gastrointestinal cancer. Gleevec contains the drug imatinib mesylate, which belongs to a class of drugs called tyrosine kinase
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An itchy mouth is a common symptom of viral or fungal infections. It also frequently occurs during allergic reactions. Itchiness within the mouth can range from mild to severe, depending on the underlying issue. In this article, we explore the causes of an itchy mouth. We also describe treatment options, strategies for prevention, and when
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High-grade serous ovarian cancer is the most common form of ovarian cancer. In most people, the cancer develops resistance to chemotherapy and returns. Now, a new study raises hopes for a different kind of treatment. Working with cell cultures, researchers found that an enzyme they call isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) encourages the proliferation of high-grade
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Some men might experience inflamed or puffy nipples. Several factors can lead to puffy nipples in men, including hormonal imbalances, certain exercises, and excess body fat. Although they can be uncomfortable, puffy nipples rarely indicate a medical emergency. In most cases, making dietary and exercise-related changes will help. However, if making these changes do not
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New research finds significant health benefits associated with weight loss surgery in people with obesity. More than 1 in 3 adults in the United States are overweight or have obesity, according to data from 2013–2014. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke are only some of the complications associated with obesity. New
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For the first time, scientists have shown that a new type of immunotherapy can reach and treat brain cancer from the bloodstream in mice. The nano-immunotherapy stopped brain tumor cells multiplying and increased survival. The researchers believe that the new treatment could be the key to improving survival in people with glioblastoma, the most common
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FDA warning This drug has a boxed warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Using Ativan in combination with opioid medications can result in life-threatening side effects. These effects include serious sedation, decreased breathing,
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