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Why Does My Breath Smell Like Urine?

Bad breath can be uncomfortable, but it can be particularly frustrating to realize that your breath smells like urine. There are a number of different causes that can lead your breath to smell like urine. Some will be temporary. Some people, for example, only experience breath that smells like urine …

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Breath odor affects everyone at some point. Bad breath is also known as halitosis or fetor oris. Odor can come from the mouth, teeth, or as a result of an underlying health problem. Bad breath odor can be a temporary problem or a chronic condition. According to the American Dental Association, …

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What You Should Know About Explosive Diarrhea

What is diarrhea? Explosive or severe diarrhea is diarrhea in overdrive. The contractions of your bowels that help you pass feces become stronger and more forceful. Your rectum fills with more volume than it can contain. Often, large amounts of gas accompany severe diarrhea. This increases the ejection and loudness …

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Diarrhea After Eating: Why It Happens and How to Stop It

Is this typical? Diarrhea that happens after you eat a meal is known as postprandial diarrhea (PD). This type of diarrhea is often unexpected, and the feeling to use the restroom can be quite urgent. Some people with PD experience painful bowel movements (BMs). In most cases, this pain resolves …

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Is It a Stomach Bug or Food Poisoning?

You’ve probably heard people talking about the stomach bug or stomach flu going around at work or your child’s school. But what exactly is it? The technical term for this sickness is viral gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Food poisoning is different. It’s more common than the stomach bug. …

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What is bacterial gastroenteritis?

Bacterial gastroenteritis happens when bacteria causes an infection in your gut. This causes inflammation in your stomach and intestines. You may also experience symptoms like vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. While viruses cause many gastrointestinal infections, bacterial infections are also common. Some people call this infection “food poisoning.” Bacterial gastroenteritis can result from …

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What Causes Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose is commonly found in dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose. …

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What Causes Abdominal Bloating?

Abdominal bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with air or gas. Most people describe bloating as feeling full, tight, or swollen in the abdomen. Your abdomen may also be swollen (distended), hard, and painful. Bloating is often accompanied by: pain excessive gas (flatulence) frequent burping or belching …

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Low-calorie sweeteners may promote metabolic syndrome

Around 34 percent of adults in the United States have metabolic syndome, the umbrella term for: high blood pressure; high blood sugar; high cholesterol levels; and abdominal fat. We know that metabolic syndrome doubles the risk of heart disease and disease of the blood vessels, putting individuals at risk of heart disease and stroke. People with metabolic …

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What is triple X syndrome?

Triple X is a chromosomal abnormality that affects approximately 1 in 1,000 women and girls. Normally, a female has two X chromosomes, one from her father and one from her mother. A female with triple X syndrome has three X chromosomes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 5-10 girls with …

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