Drinking any coffee reduces the risk of liver disease, study finds

A study involving nearly 500,000 people finds that drinking coffee significantly lowers the risk of developing liver disease. The health benefit applies to all kinds of coffee, including caffeinated, decaffeinated, ground, and instant coffee. The study finds that drinking 3–4 cups per day provides the greatest benefit. For many, coffee is their favorite — some READ MORE

What causes hydronephrosis?

Hydronephrosis is a condition that puts pressure on the kidneys and can lead to damage. Often, something inside or outside of the urinary tract blocks the urine flow out of the kidneys and causes hydronephrosis. Hydronephrosis is a condition affecting one or both of the kidneys. When a person’s urine cannot drain out of a kidney READ MORE

How does a person get meningitis?

Meningitis refers to swelling and inflammation of the meninges, which make up a protective layer of membranes covering the brain. Meningitis can result from a contagious infection, due to an infection in the body spreading to the brain, or as a result of drugs or injuries. Meningitis can be fatal, especially without treatment. In 2015, about 8.7 READ MORE