Intestinal infections tend to hit at the worst times. Five years ago, my husband, two children and I were cruising from one Croatian Island to the next when it happened—gut-wrenching cramps doubled me over while sweat dripped down every crevice. I had gone from feeling slightly nauseous to wanting to
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Has your doctor diagnosed your symptoms of watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and fatigue as clostridium difficile, or C diff? You’re probably battling a lack of appetite (another typical symptom of c diff) and are picky about what you’re willing to eat. Understandable. But your ears may perk up when
There is nothing you can consume that is more important for helping to keep your body functioning properly than water. After all, head to toe, you are 45 to 60 percent water. And, every part of your anatomy—including your brain, heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and digestive tract—depends on water to
You’re going about your day as normal when you suddenly start to feel nauseous, weak, and slightly warm. You decide to drink a glass of water or a cup of tea for relief and when that doesn’t help, you lay down for a quick rest to regain your strength. Before
Romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli caused dozens of illnesses and five deaths between November 2017 and June 2018. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, we received news of another E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce. No deaths resulted, but 43 people fell ill with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.
It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.
But there is much more going on every time
It is estimated that about half of all Americans aged 60 to 80 have diverticulosis, a condition in which diverticula—small pouches about the size of large peas—bulge outward from the colon. Those numbers increase in the oldest old, with almost everybody age 80 and older having the condition, according to
Tricyclic antidepressants were one of the original drugs prescribed for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. “Tricyclic” refers to the presence of three rings, or atoms, in the chemical structure of these drugs. Tricyclic antidepressants also are used for anxiety, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. Physicians may prescribe tricyclic antidepressants for diabetes, shingles,
Physicians have been prescribing beta blockers for decades. Discovered by Scottish pharmacologist Dr. James Black, who earned a 1988 Nobel Prize for his work, beta blockers revolutionized the treatment of angina (chest pain). Today, the drug is used successfully for far more problems, including other cardiac abnormalities, high blood pressure,
On Nov. 16, 2017, the food chain Stop & Shop issued a recall of Own Brands Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn due to possible listeria contamination. Listeria is the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. Each year, it’s blamed for approximately 1,600 illnesses and around