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Lupus: Probiotics could help to reduce kidney inflammation

A “friendly” bacteria found in yogurt, kefir, and many other dairy products could help to reduce kidney inflammation in women with lupus, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that adding Lactobacillus to the diets of mice with lupus-induced kidney inflammation – also known as lupus nephritis – led to …

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Period bloating: Seven tips for relief

Many women experience bloating before and at the start of their period. Can certain lifestyle changes offer some relief? Period bloating can be uncomfortable and may negatively affect self-confidence. Women may feel like they have gained weight or that their stomach is swollen and sticking out. Fortunately, there are changes …

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Hammer toe surgery: What to expect

A hammer toe is a potentially painful deformity of the second, third, or fourth toes, where the toe bends upward at the joint, resembling a hammer. When a hammer toe causes pain, and other treatments fail, surgery may be the only option for correcting the joint. Contents of this article: …

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Is pneumonia contagious? Causes and transmission

Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue that can make it difficult to breathe due to inflammation, fluid, and pus. Viruses or bacteria, which are contagious, cause most forms of pneumonia. Not all cases of pneumonia are contagious, however, and the period during which it can spread from one …

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Dabbing’ cannabis may release cancerous toxins

Researchers have analyzed the chemical composition of the vapors released by butane hash oil – a cannabis extract commonly used in “dabbing,” or vaporizing – and found carcinogenic substances. In light of cannabis being legalized in several states across America, more and more people use marijuana recreationally. The practice of …

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Natural protein may help to prevent blindness

Scientists may be on the brink of a new strategy to prevent blindness, after discovering a naturally occurring protein that protects the eye from one of the leading causes: glaucoma. Glaucoma is an umbrella term for a number of diseases that damage the optic nerve, which is the cluster of …

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Infected eczema: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Eczema is a term used to describe a wide variety of conditions that cause red, itchy, and inflamed skin. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema is primarily found in infants, and most children outgrow eczema by the time they are about 10 years old. …

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Nine ways to raise blood pressure

While low blood pressure might seem like a good thing to have, a person’s blood pressure can occassionally be too low and cause problems. In some situations, natural solutions can raise low blood pressure and relieve some of the symptoms that accompany it. In other cases, intervention in the form …

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Eleven ways to help prevent kidney stones

Kidney stones are solid deposits of minerals and salts that have crystallized together in the kidneys. Usually, the fluid in urine prevents waste products from coming into contact with each other. Kidney stones begin to form when there is not enough fluid or too much solid waste content in the …

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Frequent ejaculation and prostate cancer: What’s the link?

The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland that plays an important role in ejaculation. It produces the fluid in semen and helps push this fluid out when a man ejaculates. About 1 in 7 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. As prostate …

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