How do your sleep-wake preferences affect your risk of developing a mood disorder such as depression? A large, detailed observational study investigates.
Chemicals used as cooling agents in refrigeration and air-conditioning units can be deadly if inhaled. This rarely occurs by accident, but some people inhale these chemicals, commercially known as Freon, to get high. Read on to find out about the dangers and what to do if someone shows signs of refrigerant poisoning.
An intriguing new study on facial perception concludes that wrinkles around the eyes make the emotions of an individual appear more sincere.
Ischemic colitis happens when there is not enough blood flow to the colon. It tends to occur more often in people who are over 60 or have chronic conditions. Symptoms include cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. It may resolve on its own and diet changes can help, but in some cases treatment involves surgery. Learn more here.
Toxic synovitis causes joint pain and inflammation in the hip. It primarily affects children and usually occurs following a viral infection. Signs of toxic synovitis include limping, walking on the tips of the toes, complaining of leg or hip pain, and being reluctant to walk. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment.
The skin disorder rhinophyma is a subtype of rosacea. It causes a distinctive growth of the nose, which can make it look red, large, bulbous, and distorted. Doctors can often diagnose rhinophyma visually. In this article, learn about the causes and risk factors. We also explain the treatment options, including surgery.
Epsom salt is a widely available home remedy for many ailments, including constipation. A person can use Epsom salt as a laxative by mixing it with the right amount of water. In this article, learn how to use Epsom salt for constipation safely. We also cover the possible risks and when to see a doctor.
Undereating can negatively impact health and wellbeing. Aside from losing weight, signs that someone might not be eating enough can include feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, and skin problems. Here, we cover the risks and reasons for undereating, as well as nine signs and symptoms to look out for.
Sometimes, the solution to a problem comes from an unexpected place. Here is a case in point: platypus venom might soon play a role in treating diabetes.
Doctors use chest tubes for many purposes, such as inflating a collapsed lung, draining fluid or blood, or delivering medications. In this article, learn about the conditions requiring chest tubes, the types of chest tube, the insertion process, and what to expect from recovery. We also cover possible complications.
Atrophic gastritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the stomach lining over a long time. Either a bacterial infection or an autoimmune condition is responsible. Autoimmune atrophic gastritis can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency and pernicious anemia. Learn more about causes and treatments here.
New research suggests that our guts send signals to our brains that inform our spatial memory and ability to orient ourselves in our environment. How come?
Diurnal variations are types of depression that cause symptoms to get worse at certain times of the day. Morning depression is a common diurnal variation. In this article, learn about the symptoms and risk factors for morning depression, as well as the treatment options and how to manage the condition at home.
A fecal impaction, or impacted bowel, is a serious bowel condition that will require medical treatment. It occurs when a hard, immobile mass of stool blocks the colon or rectum. The symptoms include abdominal pain and an inability to relieve oneself. Learn more about how to prevent and treat an impacted bowel here.
Ileus is a temporary and often painful lack of movement in the bowel. This can lead to a bowel obstruction. Ileus is a common complication of abdominal surgery. In this article we take a close look at ileus, including symptoms, causes, and diagnosis. We also cover treatment and recovery from ileus.
Cell defects and genes have been separately identified in Parkinson's disease. Now, scientists suggest a faulty cell mechanism is the missing link.
Cancer boosts the abnormal growth of cells by 'hijacking' sensitive molecular mechanisms. Can researchers fight back by designing specialized proteins?
According to a new study, red meat allergies may increase the risk of heart disease, even in people who only have minor reactions to the allergen.
A gastric (stomach) tissue biopsy and culture is a medical procedure used to diagnose stomach conditions. A stomach biopsy can detect bacteria, inflammation, and cancers. It is usually performed with an endoscope. Here, learn what to expect before, during, and after a gastric biopsy, including results and recovery.
Ovarian cancer is a condition that can be detected and treated, the key is knowing the symptoms. The earlier these are detected and diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, and painful sex. Learn more about early signs of ovarian cancer, and when to see a doctor, here.