Tag: gastrointestinal

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered

Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

You might think salmonella poisoning means contaminated salmon, but it doesn’t! Contrary to its name, it’s more commonly linked to chicken than fish. More specifically, salmonella (salmonellosis) is a bacterial infection that affects your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

There are more than 250 food-borne illnesses, and salmonella is one of the most

The Benefits and Risks of Dietary Vitamin K

When you bite into a forkful of dark, leafy greens like kale or spinach, you ingest lots of vitamin K. That’s good, because K is crucial for your health, especially for blood clotting and bone strength.

But vitamin K is sometimes misunderstood. Because of its clotting properties, it can interfere with

Loving Animals Helping People

An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted

Coping With Cancer Treatment

A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,

Alzheimer’s Disease Goes Viral

While scientists are still puzzled by the ultimate cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are gathering pieces that they hope will soon yield a complete picture. The latest clue is the discovery that the brains of people with AD also contain high levels of human herpes virus (HHV) 6A and

Are NSAIDs Safe? New Findings Address Risk Factors

Are NSAIDs Safe? New Findings Address Risk Factors

Are NSAIDs safe? After the drug rofecoxib (Vioxx) was pulled from the market due to concerns about its cardiovascular safety, experts turned their attention to celecoxib (Celebrex), another pain reliever in the same drug class. But a landmark study has found that celecoxib poses no greater risks to heart health

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