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Many Kids Are Given Probiotics for Stomach Bugs. But They May Not Help At All.

When kids catch a stomach bug, they are increasingly treated with probiotics in the hopes of improving the symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. But rigorous new research finds that young children with intestinal infections don’t appear to benefit from several commonly used probiotics. Two large studies — one conducted in the United States and the other in...


Opioids Don’t Really Do That Much for Chronic Pain, Meta-Analysis Finds

Not only do prescription opioid drugs come with a risk of addiction and overdose, but they also appear to provide little benefit for patients with chronic pain, according to a new study. The study found that for people with chronic pain that’s not caused by cancer, prescription opioid drugs were tied to only small improvements in pain, physical functioning...


Going Viral: New Findings about Viruses

Viruses were discovered in 1892, and yet even in 2018, researchers are still uncovering new secrets about these infectious invaders. Viruses are not quite living things and have no way to reproduce on their own. Instead, they’re made of genetic material, usually DNAor its chemical cousin RNA, that’s wrapped in a protein coating.Because of their ability to integrate...


Woman with Rare Condition Couldn’t Hear Male Voices

A woman in China suddenly developed an unusual condition that made her unable to hear male voices. And while that might seem enviable to some, the hearing loss could carry serious medical repercussions. The woman, who is identified only by the surname Chen, visited a hospital after waking up one morning and being unable to...


What Are Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that are used to treat a wide variety of disorders, including asthma, arthritis, skin conditions and autoimmune diseases. The drug mimics cortisol, a hormone that’s naturally produced by the adrenal glands in healthy people. Cortisol, commonly called the “stress hormone,” is a steroid hormone (not to be confused with anabolic steroids, which are sometimes abused...


A Man Overdosed on an Erectile Dysfunction Drug. Then He Saw ‘Doughnut-Shaped’ Spots in his Vision

Bigger isn’t always better — and that especially applies to dosages of erectile dysfunction drugs. Indeed, consuming excessive amounts of sildenafil — the active ingredient in Viagra — may be toxic for cells in the eye, according to a new report. This happened to a man in Massachusetts who developed vision loss after consuming an entire bottle...