Demystifying Your Health 2016

Travel Health

How do you stay healthy when traveling? Why did this have to happen? You’ve been really looking forward to your trip and then, a few days into it and you start feeling ill. Whether it is for the holidays or going on an awesome vacation, the last thing you want to be...

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Stomach Bug

Why is your stomach upset? You’re out running errands when all of a sudden you get the sudden urge that you need to go to the bathroom. You barely make it into the bathroom stall before your last meal revisits. Even after relieving yourself, you still don’t feel well...

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Pneumonia vs Bronchitis

Why are you coughing? You have a hacking cough with fever, shortness of breath, and chills. Something is making you sick but what is it? Is it Pneumonia or Bronchitis? Does it really matter which one it is? Yes, it does because the impact it could have on your health...

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Cold vs Flu

How do you tell the difference? You wake up one morning to find you’ve got a stuffy nose, sore throat and feel awful. You’ve got to get to work, but feel miserable, so what are you to do? How do you know if you have a cold or you might have the flu? Definition A cold...

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Emergency Room

When should you go? If you or loved one are ill or suffer an injury, who should you go see? Your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency department (ED)? This can be a challenging decision to make. If you have ever been to an ED, then you can...

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CPR

You can save a life! You are getting ready for work in the morning and go into the kitchen to have breakfast with your spouse, only to find them on the floor unresponsive. What do you do? You would most likely, and understandably, panic. Once you call 911, what is the...

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Superbugs

Should you be concerned? You’re sick and go to the doctor, thinking that you’ll get a prescription for medication that will make you feel better. Imagine your surprise when the doctor tells you that you have a viral infection that doesn’t respond to an antibiotic, so...

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Asthma

Why can't you breathe? While at the store, you suddenly feel short of breath, start coughing and making a horrible wheezing noise. Someone offers to help you, but you wave them away, pull out your inhaler and take a deep breath of the medication, repeat this a second...

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COPD

What can you do to improve your breathing? You sit down to watch TV and a commercial is on talking about COPD and a new medication for treating it. You have COPD and wonder if this medication will help you. What you may not realize that COPD is a broad term for...

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Sleep Deprivation

You need it more than you think! Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing, but you probably don’t get enough. This lack of sleep has significant impact on your ability to function on a daily basis. So, what can you do to be more rested and have a better...

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UTI

Why does it burn when you urinate? You’re at work and you notice that you keep having to go to the bathroom, but when you get there, you can only go a small amount of urine. As the day wears on, you notice that you are having pain in your lower abdomen and it burns...

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Vaccines

Should you or shouldn't you? As a parent, you would do anything to protect your child! This is what makes the topic of vaccines so widely debated. For some parents, they choose to vaccinate their children to protect them from potentially contracting diseases that...

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Mosquitoes

Our Worst Enemy? Some of the diseases mentioned above have been known about for a few hundred years, but others are just emerging into the spotlight. The common underlying factor is how they are transmitted to humans -- mosquitoes! Yes, that annoying little insect at...

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Sunscreen

Why is it important to prevent sunburns? Summer is coming and where do you want to be…at the beach, pool, or some other favorite outdoor spot. You spend all year dreaming of finally being able to be outside when it is not as cold. You’ve made your plans for your...

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Time Management

How do you spend your 168 hours a week? Do you feel that there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that you need to? We all experience this at one time or another. However, we are all give the same 168 hours in a week, so how do some people seem to be...

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Stress

Why is it so bad for you? Who isn’t stressed out? It seems like everywhere you turn, there is a new demand placed on you. Some of the burdens are part of your regular routine, such as your job, family, and friends. Others could be large amounts of stress from losing a...

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Your Medications

How well do you know them? You take your medications every day just as your doctor prescribed, but do you know what they are supposed to be helping your body do? Do you know side effects that you should be looking for? Are there interactions between your medications...

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Lab Work

What do all the numbers mean? Your doctor wants you to have lab work done, so you get your blood drawn. A few days later, you get your results. As you examine them, you have no idea not only what testing was done or if your results are abnormal. Your doctor should...

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Doctor’s Visit

What you should know before you go! You’ve just left the doctor’s office and have more questions now than when you went in. You didn’t understand half of what she said and aren’t sure what you are supposed to do before your next appointment. Unfortunately, this is not...

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Diabetes

Why you should be concerned? Everyone has heard of the word diabetes, but most people don’t realize the impact that it has on a person who lives with it daily. There are a few different types of diabetes mellitus, they are Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. They are...

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Stroke

What is going on? You’re having dinner with family and friends when all of a sudden you start slurring your words and can’t move part of your body. What is going on? It could be a number of things, but the biggest concern is that it might be a stroke. Why is this so...

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Congestive Heart Failure

What is wrong with your heart? You’ve been feeling short of breath and noticed your ankles and feet have been swelling, so you go to your doctor. She tells you that you have Congestive Heart Failure and orders a bunch of tests. You’ve heard of this, but what does this...

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High Blood Pressure

What to do to prevent it? The fact that so many people have high blood pressure and are able to live their lives pretty much the same as they did before being diagnosed gives the false sense of security that having high blood pressure is not that big of a deal....

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Heart Attack

What is your risk? What is the most important muscle in the body? You might say legs, arms, back…yes, these are important, but the one you should be thinking of is your heart! All the other muscles in our body are able to have moments of rest, but not our heart. It...

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Hypothermia

How do you stay warm? You’re outside enjoying the last crisp days of fall before the weather turns colder signifying that winter has arrived. As the sun begins to set and the temperature starts to drop, you notice that your hands and face are getting cold and you...

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Ebola

Are you at risk? EBOLA…is everywhere in the news and should be taken seriously, but what is your real risk? What symptoms should you look for? Considering that about 90% of the people who contract it die, it is important to be aware of it but not to panic.  ...

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