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What happens to your body when you hold in a fart

Gas. Everyone has it, everyone passes it, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. That doesn’t mean, though, that passing gas is always convenient. There are plenty of places that passing gas could be embarrassing, like in the middle of a crowded elevator or in a business meeting. Farting can be loud, smelly, and if […]

Health Problems

Diarrhea-causing bacteria adapted to spread in hospitals

Scientists have discovered that the gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species, with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and collaborators identified genetic changes in the newly-emerging species that allow it to thrive on the Western sugar-rich […]

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Vitamin D is not linked to low blood pressure in older adults

Researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College have shown in the largest study to-date that vitamin D is not associated with low blood pressure on standing (orthostatic hypotension) in older adults. Their findings have been published recently in the prestigious journal Hypertension. Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common chronic condition […]