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When it comes to the cause, eczema has proven to be an enigma.
While our thoughts may focus on the moments in which soldiers have gone to battle to face a known enemy, we tend to forget another kind of foe facing the troops. This one isn't human, however, it's microbial. Indeed, infectious diseases have claimed millions of lives and at times left those who fight in dire straits.
The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.
The zenith of popularity of any given human activity is the creation of a reality television series based on the practice. This week, tattooing took centre stage as the show Ink Master began its second season. I reached out to tattoo artist Lizzie Renaud, who owns the Toronto-based Speakeasy Tattoo and asked her perspective on the concept of safety in the Tattoo Shop.
For people living with cystic fibrosis, breathing can be a significant cause of stress. Earlier this week, a group published a paper highlighting how infection in CF patients may be prevented and possibly treated with a multifunctional chemical known as sodium bicarbonate. Most people tend to call that baking soda.