Dermatology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Bacitracin vs. Neosporin: What’s the difference?

Neosporin is a brand of triple-antibiotic ointment. It contains bacitracin zinc, neomycin sulfate, and polymyxin B sulfate. Bacitracin ointment is also available, and it does not include the other two antibiotics. While both types of cream can help treat minor scratches, cuts, and burns, many people are allergic to bacitracin. Antibiotic ointments can help reduce […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Women's Health / Gynecology

Causes of heavy vaginal discharge

Regular vaginal discharge is a sign of a healthy female reproductive system. Normal vaginal discharge contains a mixture of cervical mucus, vaginal fluid, dead cells, and bacteria. Females may experience heavy vaginal discharge from arousal or during ovulation. However, excessive vaginal discharge that smells bad or looks unusual can indicate an underlying condition. This articles […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Infections: How do our bodies know when to retaliate?

A new study sheds light on how cells infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa can sense the pathogen and decide whether to fight back or not. The research also provides vital information for the development of alternatives to antibiotics. Share on PinterestScientists discover how cells sense when to fight back against infection. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Sexual Health / STDs

STDs: How do you get one?

People can contract and transmit sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) through several types of sexual contact. Doctors more commonly use the term sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Although vaginal-penile sex is one of the most common means of STI transmission, people can contract them through anal sex, oral sex, and, in rare cases, heavy petting. STIs are […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Even ‘dead,’ this probiotic may be effective against inflammation

New research using roundworms and mice has shown that one probiotic of human origin does not have to be alive to reduce markers of inflammation and promote health. Share on PinterestEven when inactivated, a strain of Lactobacillus paracasei could reduce inflammation and boost health, a new study suggests. Probiotics are usually live, active bacteria that […]