The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s Ride

When most people think of diarrhea they imagine a minor annoyance that will go away in days. Clindamycin-caused C. diff infection can be life threatening.

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

Artificial sweeteners appear to be toxic to bacteria similar to those that inhabit our intestines. That could potentially be bad news for our health, too.

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Colitis

How Could Cannabis Help Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Israeli researchers studying mice have found that endocannabinoids produced in the body can help ease intestinal inflammation. They wonder: could cannabis help people with inflammatory bowel disease?

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Colitis

A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrhea!

Diarrhea doesn't seem like that big a deal when you are given antibiotics. But this clindamycin side effect can be disastrous. C. diff infections can be deadly.

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Alternative Health

Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

Bacteriophages, viruses that fight bacteria, may help physicians reduce the burden of antibiotic resistance by offering an alternative to overcome infection.

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Colitis

Will a Sugar Substitute Harm Your Health?

The sugar substitute sucralose may alter the balance of intestinal bacteria in ways that promote inflammation. It might also promote metabolic syndrome.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pain Relief

Have you ever heard of low dose naltrexone (LDN)? We didn't think so. But this drug has been around for decades and it just might help people in pain.

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Colitis

How to Ease a Dog’s Colitis with Coconut

A reader found that she could control her dog's colitis with coconut, just a little sprinkled on top of the kibble.

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Colitis

Coconut Controls Colitis