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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Is that why your stomach hurts? One afternoon, you realize that your lower stomach is hurting slightly. When you go to the bathroom, you notice that you have discharge with a strong odor and it hurts to urinate. You go to the doctor and find out you have pelvic...

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – Podcast

Is that why your stomach hurts? One afternoon, you realize that your lower stomach is hurting slightly. When you go to the bathroom, you notice that you have discharge with a strong odor and it hurts to urinate. You go to the doctor and find out you have pelvic...

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Chronic Pain

Can you make it go away? Pain isn’t something you want to experience. Unfortunately, some people live with it on a daily basis. While there are many different treatment options, some are better than others. How do you determine the best one? Are there new options...

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Preventative Medicine

Why is it so important? Most people think of getting medical care when they’re sick or injured. However, this isn’t the only time you should be going to the doctor. Adults, just like kids, should have well visits. These appointments are vital to keeping you healthy...

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Bartholin’s Cyst – Podcast

What is that lump? You’ve finished going to the bathroom and are wiping yourself when you notice a small lump on one side of your vagina. It doesn’t hurt, so you decide to see if it’ll get better in the next few days. Unfortunately, the area starts to hurt and causes...

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Bartholin’s Cyst

What is that lump? You’ve finished going to the bathroom and are wiping yourself when you notice a small lump on one side of your vagina. It doesn’t hurt, so you decide to see if it’ll get better in the next few days. Unfortunately, the area starts to hurt and causes...

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Yeast Infection

Why are you itchy down there? You’ve been taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection for the past several days. Now, you have a strong itching sensation in your vagina and you notice a white discharge. What is going on? How can you get rid of these annoying...

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Obesity Epidemic

Why is it such a problem? For the past few years, there has been lots of talk about obesity and how it’s becoming an epidemic. This has led to the issue of fat-shaming being called out by many, including celebrities. While no one should be made fun of, it’s essential...

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Yeast Infection – Podcast

Why are you itchy down there? You’ve been taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection for the past several days. Now, you have a strong itching sensation in your vagina and you notice a white discharge. What is going on? How can you get rid of these annoying...

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Mastitis – Podcast

What is wrong with your breast? While getting dressed for the day, you notice that one of your breasts is tender, swollen and warmer than the other. The affected side has redness too. It didn’t appear this way yesterday. So, what caused this to happen? How can...

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Mastitis

What is wrong with your breast? While getting dressed for the day, you notice that one of your breasts is tender, swollen, and warmer than the other. The affected side has redness too. It didn’t appear this way yesterday. So, what caused this to happen? How can it be...

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Naps

Are they good for you? It’s the weekend and you’re at home due to the rain outside. Once you get all of your to-dos done, you sit down on the couch. As you sit there, you feel tired. You feel like you could fall asleep. You want to take a nap, but should you? If you...

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Health News October 2020

-Big contact tracing study shows role of kids and superspreaders in coronavirus pandemic – CNN
-Covid-19 Vaccine Trials Need Only a Fraction of People to Get Sick – The Wall Street Journal
-Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times – The New York Times
-The coronavirus pandemic has hurt Medicare’s hospital program – The Washington Post

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Ganglion Cyst – Podcast

Why do you have a lump on your wrist? Your typing away on your keyboard and happen to look down. On your wrist, you notice a small bump. You gently press on it causing it to move, but it doesn’t hurt. Where did it come from? Should you be...

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Ganglion Cyst

Why do you have a lump on your wrist? Your typing away on your keyboard and happen to look down. On your wrist, you notice a small bump. You gently press on it causing it to move, but it doesn’t hurt. Where did it come from? Should you be concerned? Is there anything...

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Meditation

How does it help? Most of us deal with large amounts of stress on a regular basis, especially right now during the pandemic. To reduce our levels of stress, we try different things. Some people exercise, some eat more food, and some meditate. You might think of...

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Neck Pain

What is causing it? Unfortunately, you’ve probably experienced neck pain at some point in your life, which means that you know how much it can hurt. If you’re aching, your primary concern is to get it to stop. How can you do this? What causes the soreness in the first...

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Meat

Is it good or bad for you? It seems like every few years there’s a new report on the risks or benefits of meat. This makes it very confusing when it comes to knowing whether or not you should be eating it. What’s the truth? Is meat harmful or is it helpful? Is one...

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Neck Pain – Podcast

What is causing it? Unfortunately, you’ve probably experienced neck pain at some point in your life, which means that you know how much it can hurt. If you’re aching, your primary concern is to get it to stop. How can you do this? What causes...

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Brain Stimulation & Depression

What’s the connection? There are millions of people who experience depression. Some people try medication to treat it. Others try therapy. Many try both. While these do work, what if there was a way to relieve it in a faster and safer way? This is where brain...

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Restless Leg Syndrome – Podcast

Why won’t your legs stay still? Over the past few nights, you notice that when you’re trying to sleep, it feels like your legs just want to move. If you do reposition them, they feel better for a little bit, but a short time later, you have the same feeling. Why is...

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Why won’t your legs stay still? Over the past few nights, you notice that when you’re trying to sleep, it feels like your legs just want to move. If you do reposition them, they feel better for a little bit, but a short time later, you have the same feeling. Why is...

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HIV/AIDS

What you need to know? When HIV/AIDS came on the scene, it caused a worldwide panic. At the time, it was considered a death sentence. As a result of years of research and hard work, advances have been made in treating and preventing it. People who have the virus are...

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CRISPR

What is it being used for? In the past few years, there has been talk among the scientific community about CRISPR and the many possible benefits it might present. However, not all the talk has been positive. There are some concerns about the dangers it poses. What is...

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HIV/AIDS – Podcast

What you need to know? When HIV/AIDS came on the scene, it caused a worldwide panic. At the time, it was considered a death sentence. As a result of years of research and hard work, advances have been made in treating and preventing it. People who have the virus are...

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Health News September 2020

-First coronavirus reinfection case in US being investigated by Nevada scientists – Fox News
-Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine now would be ‘colossally stupid’ – CNN
-New U.S. Coronavirus Infections Slow to Lowest Level in More Than Two Months – The Wall Street Journal
-‘Sudden’ Cardiac Arrests Often Aren’t So Sudden – The New York Times
-Covid-19: A bad flu season colliding with the pandemic could be overwhelming – The Washington Post

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Maintaining Weight Loss

What does it take? Most of us know how challenging it can be to lose weight. All of the exercise and eating better paid off. So, how do you keep the weight off? Often, this can be even harder. Why is this the case? Are there specific reasons this happens? What can you...

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Rickets – Podcast

Why does it impact children’s bones? If you’re like most people, you might’ve heard about rickets from your grandparents or great-grandparents. This might lead you to believe that it’s something that you don’t have to worry about. While this is probably true, what...

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Rickets

Why does it impact children’s bones? If you’re like most people, you might’ve heard about rickets from your grandparents or great-grandparents. This might lead you to believe that it’s something that you don’t have to worry about. While this is probably true, what...

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Scurvy – Podcast

Why is it no longer prevalent? If you’re familiar with the history of long-ago sailors, you probably know that many of them died from scurvy. What caused this to happen? Thankfully, it’s not as much of a problem nowadays. Why is it not something...

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Scurvy

Why is it no longer prevalent? If you’re familiar with the history of long-ago sailors, you probably know that many of them died from scurvy. What caused this to happen? Thankfully, it’s not as much of a problem nowadays. Why is it not something that we should be...

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Global Pandemic

Why weren’t we ready? For years, experts had been warning us that there could be a global pandemic. Then, one happened. Why weren’t we better prepared to handle it? What things should we be doing to get out of the current situation? How should we be getting ready for...

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Aging Parents

How do you manage? As people get older, they typically need assistance with things that they didn’t before. While a natural part of aging, it can be challenging for the person to accept help. It’s also not easy for the person’s family. What happens when the elderly...

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Yellow Fever – Podcast

Where is it a problem? You’re planning a trip to South America. You go to your doctor to find out if they recommend any vaccinations prior to traveling. She tells you that one of the things you should consider getting is a vaccine for yellow fever. What is this? Why...

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Yellow Fever

Where is it a problem? You’re planning a trip to South America. You go to your doctor to find out if they recommend any vaccinations before traveling. She tells you that one of the things you should consider getting is a vaccine for yellow fever. What is this? Why...

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Typhoid Fever

Yes, it’s still out there! You’ve recently got back from an awesome vacation. Several days after you get home, you start having a headache with weakness and stomach pain. Next, you develop a fever that seems to gradually be getting worse. Why are you having these...

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Old Wives’ Tales

Is there any truth to them? There are many old wives’ tales about numerous things. This is especially the case when it comes to health topics. For instance, you’ve probably heard, “Eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away.” How did sayings like this get started? How...

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Typhoid Fever – Podcast

Yes, it’s still out there! You’ve recently got back from an awesome vacation. Several days after you get home, you start having a headache with weakness and stomach pain. Next, you develop a fever that seems to gradually be getting worse. Why are you...

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Wildfires

How do they impact your health? There’s no question that wildfires are harmful to the environment. They can cause the destruction of thousands of acres of land and kill wildlife. In addition, they can damage property and result in death if people don’t get out of the...

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Smallpox

Why you don’t need to worry You’ve probably heard of smallpox, but don’t know of anyone who’s ever had it. It was once a very common disease. Thankfully, it no longer is because it has been eradicated. What does this mean? Should you be worried about it coming back?...

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Smallpox – Podcast

Why you don’t need to worry You’ve probably heard of smallpox, but don’t know of anyone who’s ever had it. It was once a very common disease. Thankfully, it no longer is because it has been eradicated. What does this mean? Should you be worried about it coming back?...

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Health News August 2020

-US death toll climbs as Trump claims coronavirus under control – CNN
-California is still showing how to make Obamacare work, even with COVID-19 – Los Angeles Times
-Four new Dengue fever cases have been confirmed in the Florida Keys – Miami Herald
-‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus. – The New York Times
-Health illiteracy is nothing new in America. But the pandemic magnifies how troubling it is. – The Washington Post

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Issues with MLB and COVID Leave Many Wondering How to Reopen. Also, A Look at The New Relief Package and How Young People are Infecting Family Members as Top Official Says Government Didn’t Recognize Threat from Europe Soon Enough

The big question on everyone’s mind is how to reopen? Major League Baseball (MLB) tried starting their season this week, but the number of players and support staff testing positive for COVID-19 exploded. This has led many to question that if pro sports teams and...

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Benzodiazepines

Are they the next big drug crisis? The opioid epidemic has been in the news for the past several years and as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s starting to ramp up again. This definitely needs to be addressed, but so does another drug crisis that no one is...

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Blisters

Why do they hurt so bad? You wore a new pair of shoes to work today. Gradually, throughout the day your left heel has been bothering you and by the time you get home, it’s really hurting. You take off your shoes and notice that you have a blister in the area where the...

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Blisters – Podcast

Why do they hurt so bad? You wore a new pair of shoes to work today. Gradually, throughout the day your left heel has been bothering you and by the time you get home, it’s really hurting. You take off your shoes and notice that you have a blister in the area...

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Trump Shifts on Masks and Indicates Virus Will Get Worse While Study Shows Americans are Still Lacking Widespread Immunity, CDC Updates Guidelines and Rate of Hospitalizations Almost to Level Seen in April

Yesterday, in a press conference, President Trump recognized that the coronavirus pandemic is becoming worse and would like to continue to do so. “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” he said. He also endorsed the use of masks, which is a...

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Skin Tags

What causes them to occur? One day you’re getting ready to go hang out with your friends and notice a small, raised bump in your armpit as you put on your deodorant. You touch it and it moves around slightly but doesn’t hurt. What is it and why did it appear? Should...

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Secondary Infertility

Why can’t you get pregnant again? You have a wonderful family that is comprised of you, your significant other and your child, but something is missing. You have always wanted to have another child but have been struggling with making this dream a reality. Why is this...

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Skin Tags – Podcast

What causes them to occur? One day you’re getting ready to go hang out with your friends and notice a small, raised bump in your armpit as you put on your deodorant. You touch it and it moves around slightly but doesn’t hurt. What is it and why did it appear?...

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Unpublished White House Report Indicates Stricter Rules are Needed as Mask Mandates Increase But Growing Wait Times for Test Results are Delaying Response and We’re Failing to Stop the Virus

In an unpublished report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the officials recommend that at least the 18 hardest-hit states, such as California, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas, should be putting into place tougher measures, like mask mandates, and...

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Science Shows that Masks Definitely Offer Protection as Experts Urge Schools to Reopen and Hospitals Stock Up on Supplies for Second Wave While Moderna’s Vaccine Displays Promise

For a while now, we’ve been hearing that masks don’t really protect you, but protect others from getting the virus from you. However, there’s increasing evidence to indicate that they also protect you. The reason for this is that if you’re wearing a mask and are...

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Dandruff – Podcast

Why does your scalp flake? You’re getting ready to go out on a date and put on your favorite dark-colored outfit before brushing your hair. When you’re finished, you notice that you shoulder has lots of little white flakes on it. What is causing them? How can you stop...

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Dandruff

Why does your scalp flake? You’re getting ready to go out on a date and put on your favorite dark-colored outfit before brushing your hair. When you’re finished, you notice that you shoulder has lots of little white flakes on it. What is causing them? How can you stop...

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DNA Testing & Privacy

Can you have both? Thanks to several companies, DNA testing has become a popular way to learn more about your family history and your health. While this seems neat and helpful, it’s not without risk. Some cold cases have also been solved using DNA from relatives of...

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TB Vaccine

Why is it needed? Tuberculosis has been a very serious disease for thousands of years that has resulted in millions of deaths. It was finally starting to be controlled through decades of work by multiple agencies. However, there still isn’t a vaccine that’s completely...

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Acne

What causes it? We’ve all been there, you wake up in the morning before an important event and there it is on your face…a giant, red pimple. What are you going to do? There might not be much you can do that moment, but there are things that you can do to reduce future...

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Acne – Podcast

What causes it? We’ve all been there, you wake up in the morning before an important event and there it is on your face…a giant, red pimple. What are you going to do? There might not be much you can do that moment, but there are things that you can do to reduce...

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Health News July 2020

-Reopening the economy doesn’t mean Covid-19 is getting better. It just shifts more responsibility to you – CNN
-Scientists say WHO ignores the risk that coronavirus floats in air as aerosol – Los Angeles Times
-Three Months In, These Patients Are Still Ravaged By Covid’s Fallout – The Wall Street Journal
-Amid Virus Surge, Republicans Abruptly Urge Masks Despite Trump’s Resistance – The New York Times
-‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic – The Washington Post

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Coronavirus Mutates as the CDC Says Number of Infections is Undercounted and Updates the List of Who is Most Likely to Be Infected and American Airlines No Longer Practicing Social Distancing on Flights

A mutation in the novel coronavirus is appearing in about 95% of all the genomes sequenced by infectious-disease specialists at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. The idea of a mutating virus isn’t new, in fact, it’s quite...

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Chickenpox

Are they the cause of your child’s rash? Chickenpox used to be a common childhood illness. With the invention of the vaccine for it, the frequency of cases has diminished significantly. However, it’s still out there and poses a risk to some individuals. Do you fall...

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Chickenpox – Podcast

Are they the cause of your child’s rash? Chickenpox used to be a common childhood illness. With the invention of the vaccine for it, the frequency of cases has diminished significantly. However, it’s still out there and poses a risk to some individuals. Do you fall...

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Organic Foods

Do they really make a difference? When you’re in the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that there are sections that are designated as organic food. Often, the food doesn’t look any different from the non-organic version despite typically being more expensive. So,...

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Artificial Sweeteners

Are they bad for you? One thing you’ve probably been hearing a lot about is how bad sugar is for you. This is true given the amount of it that most of us taken in daily. As an alternative, there are many artificial sweeteners available to use instead. However, are...

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Scarlet Fever

What does it have to do with your throat? Your son wakes up complaining of a sore throat and you notice that he has a bright red rash on his face and neck. His temperature is high, so you take him to the doctor. You find out that he has scarlet fever. What caused it...

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Scarlet Fever – Podcast

What does it have to do with your throat? Your son wakes up complaining of a sore throat and you notice that he has a bright red rash on his face and neck. His temperature is high, so you take him to the doctor. You find out that he has scarlet fever. What caused it...

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Rubella

Is it the cause of your child’s rash? One morning when your daughter wakes up, you notice a rash on her face and she has a stuffy nose with a slight fever. She doesn’t seem overly sick, but by the next day, the rash has spread to more parts of her body. What is...

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Rubella – Podcast

Is it the cause of your child’s rash? One morning when your daughter wakes up, you notice a rash on her face and she has a stuffy nose with a slight fever. She doesn’t seem overly sick, but by the next day, the rash has spread to more parts of her body. What is...

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Placebo Effect

Does it work? You’ve probably heard the term “placebo effect” before. You might also know that it has something to do with taking medication that isn’t real. While this is partly true, there is much more to know. What is it really? Why is it important to understand? A...

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Mumps

Why does it hurt when you chew? You’re eating your lunch and notice that the left side of your face has pain near your ear. When you gently touch the area, you notice that it’s swollen. Later, in the bathroom, you look in the mirror and that side of your face looks...

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Mumps – Podcast

Why does it hurt when you chew? You’re eating your lunch and notice that the left side of your face has pain near your ear. When you gently touch the area, you notice that it’s swollen. Later, in the bathroom, you look in the mirror and that side of your face looks...

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PTSD

What causes it and what doesn’t? Almost everyone has heard the acronym PTSD before and probably know that it has something to do with experiencing something traumatic. Most people associate it with military personnel. While they can have the disorder, they aren’t the...

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Health News June 2020

-Why So Many Doctors Are Supporting Protests in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic – TIME
-Grocery stores and universities should reopen first, liquor stores and gyms should reopen last, new research says – CNN
-U.S. food makers stock up on ingredients in case of another coronavirus surge – Los Angeles Times
-Coronavirus Patients Lose Senses of Taste, Smell — and Haven’t Gotten Them Back – The Wall Street Journal
-How Do You Decide if Children Can Play Together Again? – The New York Times
-7 in 10 Americans would be likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, Post-ABC poll finds – The Washington Post

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Measles

How contagious is it? In the United States, you don’t hear of people contracting measles that often. This is the result of vaccinations. However, the number of cases has started to climb. This is concerning since measles are highly contagious and can be...

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Measles – Podcast

How contagious is it? In the United States, you don’t hear of people contracting measles that often. This is the result of vaccinations. However, the number of cases has started to climb. This is concerning since measles are highly contagious and can be...

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Murder Hornets

Are they really that bad? Murder hornets…just the name implies that these are something that should be feared and this has led to many people panicking. In truth, if you see one, their size would probably scare you, but are they really a threat? Can they kill you? Why...

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Household Cleaners

What are the dangers? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got a cabinet that contains all sorts of cleaning products. These are useful at removing dust, mold, mildew and other gross stuff. However, many of these products can be harmful to humans and animals....

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Narcolepsy

Why do you fall asleep unexpectedly? You’ve noticed that in the past few weeks you’ve been increasingly drowsy during the day. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you feel like you could fall asleep in the middle of it. One day, you’re working at your desk when the...

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Narcolepsy – Podcast

Why do you fall asleep unexpectedly? You’ve noticed that in the past few weeks you’ve been increasingly drowsy during the day. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you feel like you could fall asleep in the middle of it. One day, you’re working at your desk when the...

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Domestic Violence

What happens when home isn't safe? When you’re in an intimate relationship, it’s supposed to be a safe space. However, when one partner abuses the other, that doesn’t happen. Unfortunately, domestic violence is prevalent throughout society. Given the recent...

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Glioblastoma – Podcast

What does this mean? Lately, you’ve been having headaches with blurred vision and occasionally vomiting. You figure that you’ve been stressed and aren’t taking care of yourself the way that you should. However, when you wake up in the back of an ambulance and the...

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Glioblastoma

What does this mean? Lately, you’ve been having headaches with blurred vision and occasionally vomiting. You figure that you’ve been stressed and aren’t taking care of yourself the way that you should. However, when you wake up in the back of an ambulance and the...

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President Trump Says COVID-19 is ‘Well Contained’ Among WH Staff Before Abruptly Leaving Press Conference as Study Indicates that an Enzyme Makes Men More Vulnerable to the Virus

In a press conference today, President Trump addressed questions from reporters regarding the fact that three of the top officials of the Coronavirus response have decided to self-quarantine after coming into contact with a member of Vice-President Pence’s staff that...

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Bell’s Palsy – Podcast

Why is half your face drooping? One morning while eating breakfast, you notice that half of your face feels different from the other side. By lunch time, you notice that the affected side is drooping and you’re having trouble closing your eyelid on that side. Are you...

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Bell’s Palsy

Why is half your face drooping? One morning while eating breakfast, you notice that half of your face feels different from the other side. By lunch time, you notice that the affected side is drooping and you’re having trouble closing your eyelid on that side. Are you...

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Posture

Does it really impact your health? Probably since you were a young child, you’ve been hearing about sitting up straight so you have good posture. As an adult, like most individuals, you don’t think much about what position your body is in when you’re sitting or...

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Spina Bifida

What’s wrong with your baby’s back? You’re pregnant and in your second trimester, so you’re going for an ultrasound to make sure that your baby is developing appropriately. After the ultrasound, your doctor informs you that it looks like your baby has spina bifida....

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To Do Lists

Do they actually help? To do lists…you’ve probably had one at some point in your life. They’re supposed to help you organize task that you need to do. The issue is that they don’t always work. Once you make a list, where do you start? Do you find them to be helpful?...

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Spina Bifida – Podcast

What’s wrong with your baby’s back? You’re pregnant and in your second trimester, so you’re going for an ultrasound to make sure that your baby is developing appropriately. After the ultrasound, your doctor informs you that it looks like your baby has spina bifida....

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Health News May 2020

-Coronavirus to likely last two years, new report says – Fox News
-The coronavirus lockdown is miserable. Rushing herd immunity could be worse – Los Angeles Times
-Researchers Explore Using Common Blood-Plasma Treatment to Fight Coronavirus – The Wall Street Journal
-Find a Vaccine. Next: Produce 300 Million Vials of It. – The New York Times
-Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic’s early days, far more than previously known – The Washington Post

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Cradle Cap

What’s on your baby’s head? One day, after feeding your baby, you’re holding her and watching her sleep. You notice that there are some white, crusty areas on her head. You gently touch the areas, but she doesn’t seem to be bothered by them. What are these? What is...

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Chiropractors

Do they really work? You’re at work and lift a heavy box. When you get home later, you notice that your back is sore. You don’t think too much about it until several days later when you notice it’s still sore. You decide that it’s time to get help, so you go to the...

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Cradle Cap – Podcast

What’s on your baby’s head? One day, after feeding your baby, you’re holding her and watching her sleep. You notice that there are some white, crusty areas on her head. You gently touch the areas, but she doesn’t seem to be bothered by them. What are these? What is...

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Ventricular Septal Defect – Podcast

Why is there a hole in your child’s heart? Some people are born with a hole in their heart. While in some cases, this is as serious as it sounds, in others, it isn’t. Some individuals don’t even know that they have an issue until they’re an adult. How do you know...

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Timeout

Do they work? Are they actually bad for kids? As a child, you probably had some form of punishment when you were bad. If you were born after the 1960s, it most likely involved being placed in timeout. If you’re currently a parent, you’ve presumably have used it at...

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Ventricular Septal Defect

Why is there a hole in your child’s heart? Some people are born with a hole in their heart. While in some cases, this is as serious as it sounds, in others, it isn’t. Some individuals don’t even know that they have an issue until they’re an adult. How do you know if...

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SIDS – Podcast

What is it? If you’re a new parent, you’ve probably have heard stories about infants who have died suddenly and for no apparent reason. Obviously, this is very concerning and may have you wondering what you can do to prevent this from happening to your child....

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Optimism

Can it help you live longer? Being optimistic certainly has advantages. Typically, these individuals have a more positive attitude about life. However, per several studies, optimism can actually provide numerous health benefits, including potentially living longer....

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SIDS

What is it? If you’re a new parent, you’ve probably have heard stories about infants who have died suddenly and for no apparent reason. Obviously, this is very concerning and may have you wondering what you can do to prevent this from happening to your child. What...

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Your Health ToGo Template

What is it? You might never have heard of the word bradycardia before, but based upon the ‘cardia’ part of the word, you might guess that it has something to do with your heart. This is correct, but what exactly does it mean? Is it a serious issue? Is it...

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RSV – Podcast

Why is your child having trouble breathing? You wake up one morning and find that your infant daughter is congested. At first, you don’t think too much about it because your 3-year-old son has had a cold the past few days. A day goes by and you notice that it seems...

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RSV

Why is your child having trouble breathing? You wake up one morning and find that your infant daughter is congested. At first, you don’t think too much about it because your 3-year-old son has had a cold the past few days. A day goes by and you notice that it seems...

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Air Pollution & Exercise

Do you really benefit? You want to go outside and get some exercise. As you get together all of the things you’re going to need, you decide to check the weather. When you check the weather, do you think to look at the air quality? Given that air pollution is becoming...

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Health News April 2020

-Reported disinfectant poisonings in children on the rise during pandemic – CNN
-Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data. The state made them stop – Miami Herald
-Coronavirus Testing Capacity Is Going Unused – The Wall Street Journal
-U.N. Warns World Hunger Could Double as Global Economy Crashes – The New York Times
-Pandemic anxiety is making us sleepless, forgetful and angry. Here are tips for coping. – The Washington Post

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Key Things You Should Know Handwashing. Here's How To Do It Properly. Do Face Masks Help Protect You From the Coronavirus? What is Difference Between Social Distancing, Self-Quarantining and Isolation? COVID-19 Symptoms What does 'Flatten the Curve' mean? Why is it...

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PTSD – Podcast

How do you know if you have it? You’ve survived a tragic event and, initially, it has a significant impact on how you function every day, but, gradually, it gets easier. However, one day, out of the blue, you feel like you’re experiencing the situation all over...

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PTSD

How do you know if you have it? You’ve survived a tragic event and, initially, it has a significant impact on how you function every day, but, gradually, it gets easier. However, one day, out of the blue, you feel like you’re experiencing the situation all over again....

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Social Interaction & Health

Is there a correlation? Humans are highly social beings. It’s an integral part of who we are. Being social, or not, has a huge impact on our health. Why is this the case? As a result of needing to separate ourselves from each other due to COVID-19, how is it impacting...

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How to Spot Fake Information on COVID-19

There’s no question that with information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly and constantly. Many people are trying to stay informed and keep their loved ones informed too. So, information, whether or not it is true, is being spreading like wildfire as people are...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Podcast

Why must you do repetitive tasks? You’ve probably heard someone referring to another individual as have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) if that individual is particular about certain things, like being neat or clean. For the majority of people, even though they...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Why must you do repetitive tasks? You’ve probably heard someone referring to another individual as have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) if that individual is particular about certain things, like being neat or clean. For the majority of people, even though they...

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Coronavirus Update

Why has it gotten so bad? The coronavirus, COVID-19, is now a pandemic. The number of cases is expected to increase, not just globally, but here at home. This brings forth numerous questions about what is being done to protect American lives. Unfortunately, the...

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Do travel bans work?

A travel ban means that individuals from a certain area aren’t allowed to enter or leave an area. In the case of the travel bans put into place by the Trump administration, this means that individuals coming from various parts of the world are not permitted to enter...

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Binge Eating Disorder – Podcast

Why can’t you stop eating? We’ll all have our favorite foods that we enjoy. While it’s alright to partake in the occasional overindulgence, if you’re doing this on a regular basis, it can signify a problem. If you’re consuming large quantities of food and feel...

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Sugar vs Salt

Which is worse for you? When it comes to snacks, most people fall into one of two groups—those that like salty or those that like sweet. We know that too much of either isn’t good for us. For years, we’ve heard about how bad salt is for you. More recently, we’re...

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Binge Eating Disorder

Why can’t you stop eating? We’ll all have our favorite foods that we enjoy. While it’s alright to partake in the occasional overindulgence, if you’re doing this on a regular basis, it can signify a problem. If you’re consuming large quantities of food and feel like...

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Gaming Disorder

Is it real? Most of us like to play video games at some point during our lives. For some, they outgrow this as they become an adult. For others, it’s activity that they continue to partake in as adults. The concern is whether or not gaming is addicting. Is gaming...

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Why are you afraid of being alone? Despite your intense fear about being alone, you often get angry and have outbursts that cause others to leave. This results in you having many unstable relationships. If this sounds like your life, you might have borderline...

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What are the EPA Approved Disinfectants?

Many people have been wondering how to clean surfaces in their home. According to health officials, this is just as critical as washing your hands. This has led individuals to try to figure out what products to use that will get rid of COVID-19. In response to these...

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Social Anxiety Disorder – Podcast

Why are you so nervous? At some point in your life, you’ve probably been nervous about something, like giving a speech or asking someone out on a date. This is a normal part of life. What happens though when your anxiety and fear over something lead you to avoid...

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Added Sugar

Just how bad for you is it? We hear all the time that sugar is bad for you. Recently, there has been more and more talk about added sugar and the negative impacts it has on your body. What is added sugar? How is different from “regular” sugar? Why is it so bad for...

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Why are you so nervous? At some point in your life, you’ve probably been nervous about something, like giving a speech or asking someone out on a date. This is a normal part of life. What happens though when your anxiety and fear over something lead you to avoid the...

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Health News March 2020

-Coronavirus death toll climbs to 9 in U.S. as global mortality rate increases to 3.4% – Los Angeles Times
-Are You Lonely? You’re Not Alone. – The Wall Street Journal
-Fatal Car Crashes Rise With Spring Clock Reset – The New York Times
-Stop touching my face? Why the easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard. – The Washington Post

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Vasculitis – Podcast

What causes it? Your blood vessels play a vital role in your body functioning correctly. So, when something happens to them and they don’t perform as well as they should, it can result in significant issues for your organs. Depending on the location of the issue,...

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Vasculitis

What causes it? Your blood vessels play a vital role in your body functioning correctly. So, when something happens to them and they don’t perform as well as they should, it can result in significant issues for your organs. Depending on the location of the issue,...

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Living Organ Donation

Why is it so important? You probably know that organ donation is when someone receives an organ from another person because the recipient’s is no longer functioning correctly. In most cases, the donated organ from someone is deceased. However, there is such a thing as...

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Coronavirus

Should you be worried? You turn on the TV or you read the news on internet and it’s all about the coronavirus. This has led many people to be very concerned about their risk of catching it and to inaccurate information being spread. So, what is the coronavirus? Where...

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Endocarditis – Podcast

Are you at risk? An infection can occur anywhere in your body. Most infections are minor and your body’s immune system is able to fight it off without a problem. Some infections can be very serious because of the part of the body they impact. One of these areas is...

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Endocarditis

Are you at risk? An infection can occur anywhere in your body. Most infections are minor and your body’s immune system is able to fight it off without a problem. Some infections can be very serious because of the part of the body they impact. One of these areas is...

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Will China’s Economy Hold?

As infections and fatalities are swelling, the world’s second-largest economy is almost at a standstill. Given the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the virus many urban manufacturing and financial centers are on at least partial lockdowns, migrant...

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Do Infrared Thermometers Really Work?

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably seen health officials using an infrared thermometer to check individuals’ temperatures before they’re allowed to go into grocery stores or other public buildings. It seems like an easy enough way to see if someone has...

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The WHO Selects a Name for the New Coronavirus – COVID-19. China’s deaths are over 1000. Pakistan Refuses to Let Citizens Come Home. The US is Worried About Economic Impacts.

Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) have chosen a name for the new coronavirus. It’s now called COVID-19. It’s an acronym for coronavirus disease 2019. The goal was to find a name that didn’t give any reference to people, places or animals to avoid any...

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Tachycardia – Podcast

Why is your heart racing? You’re sitting in your favorite chair one lazy afternoon when all of sudden it feels like your heart is beating funny. You also feel slightly lightheaded and short of breath. When you check your pulse, you notice that it’s very fast....

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Bankrupt Drug Makers

How does this effect your medications? If you’ve been following the news any time in the past year, you probably have noticed that there have been several drug manufactures who’ve filed for bankruptcy. Why are they doing this? Don’t they make tons of money selling...

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Tachycardia

Why is your heart racing? You’re sitting in your favorite chair one lazy afternoon when all of sudden it feels like your heart is beating funny. You also feel slightly lightheaded and short of breath. When you check your pulse, you notice that it’s very fast. What’s...

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Bradycardia

What is it? You might never have heard of the word bradycardia before, but based upon the ‘cardia’ part of the name, you might guess that it has something to do with your heart. You're correct, but what exactly does it mean? Is it a serious issue? Is it something that...

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Nursing Shortage

How will it impact your health? Nurses play a key role in our healthcare system. Without them, there would be potentially dangerous scenarios that would occur on a regular basis. So, it might come as a surprise that we are in the midst of a nursing shortage and that...

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Bradycardia – Podcast

What is it? You might never have heard of the word bradycardia before, but based upon the ‘cardia’ part of the word, you might guess that it has something to do with your heart. This is correct, but what exactly does it mean? Is it a serious issue? Is it...

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Health News February 2020

-Burnout linked to potentially lethal heart condition – Fox News
-Another win for optimism! Recovery after stroke – CNN
-Caloric counts on nutrition labels may not be as precise as you think – Los Angeles Times
-Patients Often Get Antibiotics Without a Doctor Visit, Study Finds – The Wall Street Journal
-Why Fruits and Vegetables May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk – The New York Times
-Being obsessed with being productive…is unproductive – The Washington Post

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COVID-19 Symptoms

Article updated with latest information on 07/09/2020. One of the challenging aspects of COVID-19 is that some of the symptoms associated with it are similar to that of the common cold, allergies or the flu. The other issue is that the virus is still so new that all...

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Handwashing. Here’s How To Do It Properly.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by using proper handwashing techniques. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know the best way to do this. Let’s take a closer look at the steps: 1. Turn on the water and get your hands wet. This helps you to spread...

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SARS – Podcast

What is it? A few years ago, SARS was in the news every where. There was a significant amount of concern regarding people traveling and spreading the deadly disease. Where did it come from? Why did it spread so quickly? Is it still an issue? Definition Severe acute...

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SARS

What is it? A few years ago, SARS was in the news every where. There was a significant amount of concern regarding people traveling and spreading the deadly disease. Where did it come from? Why did it spread so quickly? Is it still an issue? Definition Severe acute...

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Tobacco Age Increase

Will it make a difference? Within the past month, a new law went into place raising the minimum age to purchase any tobacco product to 21. This has the support of many groups, including several large tobacco companies. Why is this law so important? Will it help curb...

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The New Virus is Here

A man who lives in Washington state was the first American to be diagnosed with the new coronavirus. He recently returned from visiting Wuhan, China and once back in the United States, started to have symptoms associated with the novel virus. He has been taken to the...

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Mesothelioma – Podcast

What is it? It seems like that every time you turn on the TV there is a commercial advertising for a class action lawsuit for those who are suffering from mesothelioma or their families. Many people don’t know what mesothelioma is, let alone why there would be...

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Mesothelioma

What is it? It seems like that every time you turn on the TV there is a commercial advertising for a class action lawsuit for those who are suffering from mesothelioma or their families. Many people don’t know what mesothelioma is, let alone why there would be...

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Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

What are the health impacts? Australia is burning. The effects of it are being felt by the environment, wildlife and humans. Unfortunately, this is one of many situations that are having negative consequences in these areas. The Paris Climate Accord is supposed to...

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The New Virus Is Spreading

While in China the new coronavirus has claimed another life, it’s also on move and has made it to Thailand and Japan. As of this past Monday, Thai officials announced that there are two confirmed cases. Japan only has one case so far. In talking to the first patient...

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Emphysema – Podcast

What's wrong with your lungs? For the past several years, you’ve noticed that you get short of breath when you do certain activities. No big deal, you just stopped doing them. Now, it seems like you’re short of breath all the time. What’s happening? Can it be...

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Emphysema

What's wrong with your lungs? For the past several years, you’ve noticed that you get short of breath when you do certain activities. No big deal, you just stopped doing them. Now, it seems like you’re short of breath all the time. What’s happening? Can it be treated?...

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Hospital Price Disclosures

Will it make a difference? There is no question that healthcare is expensive. The issue is that the cost of healthcare isn’t clear. So, how do we fix this? Well, two regulations are being suggested to help make the price of healthcare more transparent. What are they?...

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New Virus Emerging in China

As of three days ago, Chinese officials have reported that there is a new virus found in the city of Wuhan that first appeared in late December. The virus is causing pneumonia-like symptoms, such as fever, difficulty breathing and lung lesions. So far, it has infected...

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ARDS – Podcast

What causes it to occur? Not too long ago in the news, they were talking about a respiratory condition that was referred to as ARDS. ARDS stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and is a serious illness. Who is most at risk for developing it? Can it be...

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

What causes it to occur? Not too long ago in the news, they were talking about a respiratory condition that was referred to as ARDS. ARDS stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and is a serious illness. Who is most at risk for developing it? Can it be treated?...

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Politics & Health

Is there a negative correlation? It seems like it doesn’t matter what you do, but politics are everywhere—TV, social media or talking to friends and family. With the 2020 election and impeachment hearings, the information is nonstop. This leads to information overload...

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Health News January 2020

-Only a few drugmakers even try to fight superbugs — a growing threat – Los Angeles Times
-Where you live might affect your brain: Study – Chicago Tribune
-Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records – The Wall Street Journal
-No More Excuses Not to Exercise – The New York Times
-Is this the secret to getting teens to reject junk food? – The Washington Post

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Psoriasis

Why is your skin crusty? Thanks to TV, you’ve likely heard the word psoriasis before. However, like many people, you might not know what it is. It’s a condition that affects your skin and comes in many different forms. What does it look like? What causes it to happen?...

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Psoriasis – Podcast

Why is your skin crusty? Why is your skin crusty? Thanks to TV, you’ve likely heard the word psoriasis before. However, like many people, you might not know what it is. It’s a condition that affects your skin and comes in many different forms. What does it look like?...

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New Year’s Resolutions

Why don’t they usually work? It’s that time of year when making our New Year’s resolutions. Typically, most people select something that they want to improve about themselves. The problem is that most of us are unable to stick with it and fail to meet our goals. Why...

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Rosacea

Why is your face red? You’ve probably seen people who have a red face and, sometimes, small red bumps, but never really thought much about it until you notice that your face has these symptoms. Why did this happen? What caused it to occur? Are there steps you can take...

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Medication Shortages

What is the cause? Recently, there have been several medication shortages of medicines that many people need to take every day in order to survive. The sad thing is that medication shortages are not new, but are increasing in frequency. Why is this happening? What...

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Eczema – Podcast

What's causing the rash? When you were a child, you remember having itchy areas on your skin, but didn’t really know what it was from. As an adult, you wake up one morning and find that on one of your arms, near your elbow, you have a spot of skin that is red with...

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Eczema

What's causing the rash? When you were a child, you remember having itchy areas on your skin, but didn’t really know what it was from. As an adult, you wake up one morning and find that on one of your arms, near your elbow, you have a spot of skin that is red with...

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Childhood Obesity

What can we do to fix the epidemic? For the past several years, there have been numerous reports on the fact that childhood obesity is increasing and has reached the level of being an epidemic. This is very concerning because of all the health risks that accompany...

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Varicose Veins

Why are your veins misshapen? You’ve probably seen someone with large, dark-colored veins in their legs. For some people, this the only issue, but for others, they also have pain from their enlarged veins. What causes your veins to do this? How is it treated? Can it...

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Hidden Germs

Where are they lurking? You probably know that there are germs in and around your toilet. You also probably know that there are germs on a cutting board after using it to slice raw meat. While these are obvious places that you would find germs, there are plenty of...

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Raynaud’s Disorder – Podcast

Why are your fingers blue? The weather has turned colder, which means that it’s time to bundle up before you head outside. For most people, this is enough to keep them warm. For some, despite doing this, it’s not enough to keep their fingers and toes warm, which...

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Health News December 2019

-Here’s Why You Really Need A Flu Shot – NPR
-Half of the U.S. Population Will Be Obese by 2030 – TIME
-More than 6 million US middle and high schoolers used tobacco products in 2019, report says – CNN
-Getting a good night’s rest is critical to your health. How to improve your sleep habits – Miami Herald
-What if you knew a cookie would take 20 minutes to run off? – Chicago Tribune
-New Ways to Battle Procrastination – The Wall Street Journal
-Even a Little Alcohol May Raise Cancer Risk – The New York Times
-Essential oils are potent, risky and promising, Here’s what you need to know. – The Washington Post

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Raynaud’s Disorder

Why are your fingers blue? The weather has turned colder, which means that it’s time to bundle up before you head outside. For most people, this is enough to keep them warm. For some, despite doing this, it’s not enough to keep their fingers and toes warm, which can...

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Loneliness & Health

What’s the correlation? Whether you’re a child, teen, adult or elderly, it’s not fun to be lonely. People are supposed to be social beings. This is why it might not come as a surprise that being lonely can negatively impact your health. What are the consequences? What...

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Male Breast Cancer

Yes, it does happen! Almost everyone is aware that women can get breast cancer. Did you know that men can get it too? Unfortunately, they can. How can this happen? What symptoms should you look for? How is it treated? Can it be prevented? Definition While it’s rare,...

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Menu Calorie Counts

Do they make a difference? Recently, the new law went into effect that requires restaurants to put the amount calories an item or meal has on their menus. The thought is that this will help people make more informed choices when ordering. Does it work? Do people...

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Undescended Testicle – Podcast

What does this mean? The day has finally arrived…your son was just born! He looks perfect and seems to be healthy, so it probably comes as a shock when the doctor is finished examining him and tells you that your son has an undescended testicle. What does this...

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Undescended Testicle

What does this mean? The day has finally arrived…your son was just born! He looks perfect and seems to be healthy, so it probably comes as a shock when the doctor is finished examining him and tells you that your son has an undescended testicle. What does this mean?...

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Exercising & Mood

Is there an impact? There’s no question that exercise can have a significant positive impact on your body. You probably can list many of the physical benefits that it can provide. However, it can have an effect on your mental wellbeing too. One thing might seem...

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Epididymitis

What is wrong with your groin? One morning you wake up and notice that it hurts while you’re urinating and you’ve got pain in your testicles. You also realize that your scrotum seems swollen and red. What’s causing this to happen? How is it treated? Can it be...

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Climate Change a Public Health Emergency

How so? When you hear the term “climate change,” most likely you think of the environment and the impact it’s having. However, climate change doesn’t just affect the environment. These changes that are occurring influence all of our health. How does this happen? What...

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Erectile Dysfunction – Podcast

It's more common than you think! It’s not uncommon for most people to not always be in the mood when their partner is and this can contribute to erectile dysfunction. While this is completely normal, if you’re experiencing this frequently, it can be a sign that...

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Erectile Dysfunction

It's more common than you think! It’s not uncommon for most people to not always be in the mood when their partner is and this can contribute to erectile dysfunction. While this is completely normal, if you’re experiencing this frequently, it can be a sign that...

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Male Birth Control Pill

Does it work? Women have had many varieties of birth control to choose from for several years. All of these are fairly safe and effective. For men, they only have two options—condoms or vasectomies. What if there was another option? What if men could take a pill that...

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Health News November 2019

-Open Enrollment Is Here: 6 Tips For Choosing A Health Insurance Plan – NPR
-2 in 5 Americans have misdiagnosed themselves after searching symptoms online, survey finds – Fox News
-Even a little running cuts risk of premature death, new study shows – CNN
-If you have type 2 diabetes, you’re at much greater risk for fatty liver disease – Miami Herald
-Shifting the Focus of Breast Cancer to Prevention – The New York Times
-Deep brain stimulation is being tested to treat opioid addiction – The Washington Post

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Infertility

Why does it happen? With somewhere between 10 – 15 % of couples in the United States struggling to have a baby, you probably know someone who is experiencing infertility. This is a challenging situation if you’re the one going through it and can lead to many...

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Millennials & Less Babies

What's the connection? For the past several years, the birth rate across the nation has been declining. This has the potential to pose some very serious implications on the future. Millennials are the group that is in the prime child-bearing range. Why they aren’t...

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Uterine Fibroids – Podcast

What causes them? Most women have some form of cramping, back pain and bleeding with their menstrual cycle. What does it mean if you have heavy bleeding, your period lasts longer than a week, pelvic pain that doesn’t go away? Is it something serious? How can it be...

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Uterine Fibroids

What causes them? Most women have some form of cramping, back pain and bleeding with their menstrual cycle. What does it mean if you have heavy bleeding, your period lasts longer than a week, pelvic pain that doesn’t go away? Is it something serious? How can it be...

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Dieting Teenagers

Why is it not a good thing? Given that a significant number of people are overweight and our society’s current outlook on body image is that we’re supposed to be thin, it’s no wonder that most of us have tried dieting at some point. A surprising fact is the number of...

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Pregnancy – Podcast

What should you expect? You think you might be pregnant, but how do you know for sure? Once you find out that you are, what should you expect during each trimester? What diet, exercise and sleep recommendations should you follow? What’s not a normal part of...

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Pregnancy

What should you expect? You think you might be pregnant, but how do you know for sure? Once you find out that you are, what should you expect during each trimester? What diet, exercise and sleep recommendations should you follow? What’s not a normal part of pregnancy?...

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Recycled Toilet Water

Is it safe? Water is an important part of our lives. We need it to survive, but in some areas, it’s becoming increasingly scarce. In order to make sure that there is enough water for people to drink, many places are looking at creative solutions. One such solution is...

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Ovarian Cyst

Why is your abdomen hurting? You wake up one morning and notice that you have sharp aching sensation in your lower abdomen on one side. You also feel bloated and a sense of fullness in the painful area. What is causing this? Is it something that you should be...

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ASMR

Why is everyone whispering? If you’re on any of the social media platforms, you might notice people talking about ASMR. Or, maybe you’ve stumbled across weird videos of people whispering or doing other strange things quietly. Why are they doing this? What is ASMR? Is...

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Health News October 2019

-The Placebo Effect Works And You Can Catch It From Your Doctor – NPR
-Cutting Down on Sugary Beverages? Here’s What to Drink Instead, According to a New Study – TIME
-Not washing your hands after using bathroom worse than eating raw meat, study finds – Fox News
-Mediterranean Diet May Help Ease Some Symptoms of Depression – The New York Times
-Never exercised in your life? It’s not too late to start — and benefit. – The Washington Post

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Osteomyelitis – Podcast

What’s going on with your bones? You probably are aware that your body can get infections, but did you know that they can occur at specific areas with in your body? One of these areas is your bones. You might not think this can happen, but it can. What causes it?...

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Osteomyelitis

What’s going on with your bones? You probably are aware that your body can get infections, but did you know that they can occur at specific areas with in your body? One of these areas is your bones. You might not think this can happen, but it can. What causes it? How...

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Uninsured Eligible Americans

Why are there so many? In the United States, there are nearly 28 million people without health insurance. Did you know that half of these people are eligible to receive it, but don’t? Why is this the case? How can this be rectified? If you don’t have health insurance,...

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Brittle Bone Disease

Why do your bones break so easily? Recently, there was a movie that featured a character whose bones broke very easily, almost as if they were made of glass. While Hollywood does take some liberty with portraying certain condition when being creative, this isn’t one...

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Cellphones & Cancer

Is there a correlation? Most people nowadays have a cellphone and use it almost constantly. There have been some concerns that due to the electromagnetic fields that phones create, you might have a higher risk of developing cancer. How likely is this true? If it is...

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Bone Spurs – Podcast

What are they? You might’ve heard your elderly relatives talking at some point about bone spurs, but probably didn’t know what they were. Is it something you should be concerned about? How common are they? What type of treatment do they require? Is there anything...

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Bone Spurs

What are they? You might’ve heard your elderly relatives talking at some point about bone spurs, but probably didn’t know what they were. Is it something you should be concerned about? How common are they? What type of treatment do they require? Is there anything you...

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Weather, Season & Health

How are they connected? When you think about weather, you’re most likely concerned with whether or not your need to bring an umbrella or coat with you when you walk out the door. When you think about seasons, you’re probably thinking about the different activities...

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Vaping Sickness

What is it? If you’ve seen the news lately, you’re probably aware of a few hundred people across the country who have experienced vaping sickness. Unfortunately, one person has died from it. The individuals involved are young and healthy, but have a sudden onset of...

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Scoliosis

Why is your child's back misaligned? One day you’re looking at your child from across the room and notice that their shoulders seem uneven despite the fact that they look to be standing straight. You walk over and tell them to stand straight while you check their...

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Plantar Fasciitis – Podcast

Why is your foot hurting? You wake up one morning and notice that you have sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. As you make your way to the bathroom to get ready for work, you notice that the pain starts to ease up and eventually goes away. You assume it was a...

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Health News September 2019

-Climate Change Isn’t Just a Global Threat — It’s a Public Health Emergency – TIME
-Which drink is best for hydration? Hint: It isn’t water – CNN
-How the prescriptions doctors wrote may have helped fuel the U.S. opioid crisis – Los Angeles Times
-Dental tourism: A vacation and bargain dentistry to boot – Chicago Tribune
-High Doses of Vitamin D Don’t Strengthen Bones – The New York Times
-Plastic, metal or glass: What’s the best material for a reusable water bottle? – The Washington Post

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Plantar Fasciitis

Why is your foot hurting? You wake up one morning and notice that you have sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. As you make your way to the bathroom to get ready for work, you notice that the pain starts to ease up and eventually goes away. You assume it was a cramp...

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Probiotics

How do they work? You’ve probably heard the word, “probiotics” before and know that some foods contain them. Some people take supplements that are comprised of probiotics. Why are they so important? What benefits do you gain by making sure that your body has them?...

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Health Risks at College

What do you need to know? It’s that time of year when college starts. For the freshmen, this is exciting because it’s usually your first chance at living on your own and a sense of taking charge of your life. The experience should definitely be enjoyed! However, there...

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C. Diff

What is it? You’ve been sick recently and just finished the last of your antibiotics. You feel like you’re finally starting to get better when you notice that your stomach is cramping and painful. You go the bathroom and have diarrhea that smells really bad. This...

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Our Book

Health information is confusing. The reason is the use of medical terminology. Every field has words that are technical and specific to it. Unless you are part of that field, you wouldn’t necessarily understand what is being discussed. Healthcare is no different. For...

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Colitis – Podcast

Why is your stomach hurting? You wake up one morning because your stomach is hurting and all of sudden you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Once you’re in the bathroom, despite feeling like you need to go, you’re unable to. While you’re in there, you...

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Colitis

Why is your stomach hurting? You wake up one morning because your stomach is hurting and all of sudden you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Once you’re in the bathroom, despite feeling like you need to go, you’re unable to. While you’re in there, you realize...

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CBD Products

What are they supposed to do? You’ve probably noticed that there are CBD shops everywhere. CBD has become increasingly popular within the past few years. Why? What are the benefits of using it? Isn’t CBD from marijuana? So, how can these shops sell it since marijuana...

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Healthcare Cost

Why is it so expensive? If you hear the word healthcare, one of your first thoughts is probably how expensive it is. This is definitely true. The cost of healthcare in the United States is significantly more than that of other countries and some of these countries...

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Crohn’s Disease

What is going on with your stomach? You come to realize that lately you’ve been having stomach pain, diarrhea and are extremely tired. You step on your scale and see that you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. What’s causing this to happen? How do you fix it? Can...

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Celiac Disease – Podcast

Why can’t you eat gluten? You’ve probably heard of a gluten free diet. For some people, it’s something to try because it’s the latest health craze. For others, it’s not just a diet, it’s a necessity. Individuals who have celiac disease must follow a gluten free...

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Evidence Based Practice

Why is it important? When you hear the words evidence-based practice, you assume that means that a doctor, nurse or hospital follows proven treatments on providing the best care to you and everyone else. Is this true? What exactly is evidence-based practice? Does it...

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Celiac Disease

Why can’t you eat gluten? You’ve probably heard of a gluten free diet. For some people, it’s something to try because it’s the latest health craze. For others, it’s not just a diet, it’s a necessity. Individuals who have celiac disease must follow a gluten free diet...

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Health News August 2019

-Do You Need All Those Meds? How To Talk to Your Doctor About Cutting Back – NPR
-New procedure that postpones menopause could also lead to longer fertility – Fox News
-Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them – Los Angeles Times
-More than half of younger patients skip or quit blood pressure meds – Chicago Tribune
-FDA Pushes for Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs – The Wall Street Journal
-How to Reduce Exposure to Air Pollution – The New York Times

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Health Apps

Do they really work? If you’re like most people, you want to improve your health in some way. This could be exercising more, eating better or learning more about a health condition. A tool that you could use to accomplish this is one of the thousands of health apps...

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Moles

When should you be concerned? Most of us have at least a few moles because they are fairly common. Typically, they aren’t dangerous. Since it’s summer time, you’re more likely to be in shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit, so, it’s a good time to check on your moles....

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Dehydration – Podcast

Why is it so dangerous? Since it’s summer, you’re probably taking advantage of the weather and spending some time outside. While doing this, it’s vital to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. Why is this so important? What happens to your body when...

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Body Image

Why do we struggle with it? It has been in the news everywhere in recent months…fat shaming or body shaming. Every celebrity seems to have something to say regarding it. What is body image? Why is fat shaming or body shaming so detrimental? What can we do to stop it?...

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Dehydration

Why is it so dangerous? Since it’s summer, you’re probably taking advantage of the weather and spending some time outside. While doing this, it’s vital to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. Why is this so important? What happens to your body when you’re...

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Dieting

Why do we still do it? Most people have tried a diet at some point during their life. Truthfully, you have probably tried more than one. The results are all usually the same. You might lose weight initially, but as time passes, it is increasingly challenging to...

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Motion Sickness

What causes it? You’re excited because the time for your cruise vacation has finally arrived! You board the ship and it pulls out of port. However, within a very short time, you notice that you don’t feel so good and think you might get throw up. Are you experiencing...

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Concussion – Podcast

How serious are they? It’s the time of year when you want to be outside enjoying your favorite summertime activities. For most of us, this means doing things that require us to be physically active. While this is great for your health, it can put you at an...

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Pollution

It is worse for your health than you realize! Pollution and ways to prevent it have been in the news for years. Typically, it makes headlines when some form of it affects the environment or human health. Most of us are aware of how bad pollution is for the...

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Concussion

How serious are they? It’s the time of year when you want to be outside enjoying your favorite summertime activities. For most of us, this means doing things that require us to be physically active. While this is great for your health, it can put you at an increased...

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Health News July 2019

-Cutting Calories May Improve Your Health Even If You’re Not Trying to Lose Weight – TIME
-How to tell if you’re officially burned out – Fox News
-People in the United States are misusing antibiotics, study says – CNN
-What to do when you have arthritis in your ankles – Miami Herald
-Autism largely caused by genetics, not environment, study finds – Chicago Tribune
-How Much Protein Do You Need a Day? – The Wall Street Journal
-From fish to bacon, a ranking of animal proteins in order of healthfulness – The Washington Post

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EPA

Why is it necessary? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been in the news lately as there has been talk of cutting funding and reducing the number of employees. This has brought the EPA to forefront for many Americans that normally wouldn’t give it a second...

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Sunburn

Why is it so bad for your skin? Who doesn’t love being outside in summer? There are so many activities to do. The only problem is that you’re exposed to the sun. While this does have certain health benefits, issues arise when you end up sunburned. Why is this such a...

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – Podcast

Is it the cause of your rash? You just got back from enjoying a camping trip and notice that you feel tired, your head is throbbing and you feel feverish. You decide to go to bed early hoping that you’ll feel better in the morning. However, when you wake up, you...

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Is it the cause of your rash? You just got back from enjoying a camping trip and notice that you feel tired, your head is throbbing and you feel feverish. You decide to go to bed early hoping that you’ll feel better in the morning. However, when you wake up, you...

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Hep C & Baby Boomers

What do you need to know? When you turn the TV on, there are several commercials that are encouraging Baby Boomers to get tested for Hepatitis C. What is Hep C? If you’re a Baby Boomer, why should you be concerned?   Did you know that if you’re a Baby Boomer,...

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Cancer

Why won’t it ever be curable? When you consider that worldwide, cancer is one of the leading causes of death and it is something that mankind has known about since Hippocrates was alive (2300 years ago), it is no wonder that we have state-of-the-art medical facilities...

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Rabies

What is the risk? When you hear the word rabies, you most likely picture an animal that’s foaming at the mouth and is acting crazy. While this can be an accurate description, how concerned should you be about it? How frequently does rabies occur? How is it treated?...

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West Nile Virus – Podcast

Is it that dangerous? Summer is right around the corner and with it comes our least favorite pests…mosquitoes! While they can carry a variety of diseases, some can be more serious than others. Which category does the West Nile virus fall under? How can you tell if...

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Marijuana

Should it be legal everywhere? Marijuana is a not a new substance, but the debate about whether or not it should be legal for medical, recreational or both has been gaining more ground on a national level for the past few years. As more and more states are looking at...

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West Nile Virus

Is it that dangerous? Summer is right around the corner and with it comes our least favorite pests…mosquitoes! While they can carry a variety of diseases, some can be more serious than others. Which category does the West Nile virus fall under? How can you tell if you...

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Personalized Medicine

Genetic testing could save your life! Personalized medicine, or genomic medicine, is a new discipline that uses genetic information from an individual as part of their care either in diagnostic or therapeutic decision-making. It also affects health outcomes/policy...

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Lyme Disease

What is it? You’ve spent the day outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Unfortunately, after coming inside, you notice that you’ve got a tick latched on to one of your ankles. You remove it, but notice that you still have a small, red bump. What does this...

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Health News June 2019

-U.S. Suicide Rates Are the Highest They’ve Been Since World War II – TIME
-FDA food testing finds contamination by ‘forever chemicals’ – Fox News
-Why frozen fruit and veggies may be better for you than fresh – CNN
-How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert – Chicago Tribune
-By the Numbers: Vaccines Are Safe – The New York Times
-How binge-watching is hazardous to your health – The Washington Post

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Tonsillitis – Podcast

Why is it so bad? One morning, your son wakes up and tells you that he has a sore throat and it hurts to swallow. You look in his mouth and notice that the back of his throat looks really red and swollen. So, you take him to the doctor and they tell you that your son...

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Tonsillitis

Why is it so bad? One morning, your son wakes up and tells you that he has a sore throat and it hurts to swallow. You look in his mouth and notice that the back of his throat looks really red and swollen. So, you take him to the doctor and they tell you that your son...

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Measles Outbreak

What’s going on? Every time you turn on the news, it seems that the measles outbreak is continuing to spread at an alarming rate as more people are being infected across the country. Why is this happening? How bad are measles to have? Should you be concerned? What can...

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Group Thinking/Mob Mentality

Why is this such a bad idea? From the time we are small, we are encouraged to participate in groups collaborating with other to use critical thinking to come up with important ideas. While this is an important skill to have, there are several things that can go wrong...

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Canker Sores

What are they caused by? One afternoon when you’re having your snack, you notice that there is a small area of your mouth that hurts. By the time you get to dinner, that area is really painful. You look in the mirror and notice a small ulcer in that area of your...

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Gingivitis – Podcast

What's causing your gums to bleed? One evening before you go to bed, you’re brushing your teeth and notice that your gums start bleeding. You rinse your mouth and it stops. The next morning, the same thing happens. What’s causing this? Are you brushing too hard or...

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Mental Health Disorders

Why is there such a stigma? For centuries, people with mental health disorders have been shunned or excluded…that is the best-case scenario. In worst case scenarios, these people were tortured and killed. What is it about mental illness that makes others react so...

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Gingivitis

What's causing your gums to bleed? One evening before you go to bed, you’re brushing your teeth and notice that your gums start bleeding. You rinse your mouth and it stops. The next morning, the same thing happens. What’s causing this? Are you brushing too hard or is...

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Social Media & Relationships

Is there a disconnect? Most of us use social media not only every day but several times throughout the day. Some of us are even on it for hours at a time. We are definitely more connected to people that we might never have met without social media and that is a great...

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Abscessed Tooth

What's wrong with your tooth? You wake up one morning and notice that one of your teeth is sore and while you’re drinking your coffee, it hurts. As the day goes on, the area starts to have a throbbing pain and it hurts to eat. You call your dentist and are told to...

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Health News May 2019

-Why Ditching Processed Foods Won’t Be Easy — The Barriers To Cooking From Scratch – NPR
-Self Improvement Might Sound Healthy. But There’s a Downside to Wanting to Change – TIME
-The DNA diet: How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans – CNN
-Sleep Apnea Can Have Deadly Consequences – The New York Times
-More younger women are having heart attacks. Here are steps to minimize your risk. – The Washington Post

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Mononucleosis – Podcast

Can you really getting it from kissing? When most people hear the word mononucleosis, they probably think of teenagers and kissing. While this might be accurate most of the time, adults and young children can get it too. Also, kissing isn’t the only way it can be...

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Mononucleosis

Can you really getting it from kissing? When most people hear the word mononucleosis, they probably think of teenagers and kissing. While this might be accurate most of the time, adults and young children can get it too. Also, kissing isn’t the only way it can be...

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Food Recalls

Why are there so many? You expect your food to be safe, but it seems whenever you read the news there is some sort of food recall. Why is this happening? Is the safety of the food supply deteriorating? Are the agencies that monitor and enforce the food safety...

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Impetigo

What's causing those sores? One morning, your child wakes up and you notice that they have small red blisters underneath their nose. A day or so later, you notice that the blisters opened and there seems to be a crust formed over the top of the area. You take your...

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Super Drug Resistant STDs

What should you be concerned about? Sure, we all know STDs aren’t something you want and, hopefully, you take all possible precautions to prevent contracting one. This is especially important because it has recently come to light that there are certain STDs that are...

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Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease – Podcast

What is it? If you have young children, you probably have heard of hand-foot-mouth disease since it’s common for them to catch it. However, it can happen in adults. Just last summer, a professional baseball player contracted it. So, what is it and what causes it?...

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Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

What is it? If you have young children, you probably have heard of hand-foot-mouth disease since it’s common for them to catch it. However, it can happen in adults. Just last summer, a professional baseball player contracted it. So, what is it and what causes it? How...

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Plastic

Why is it so bad? Everywhere you look there is plastic. It’s used for everything from our cellphones to storage containers to pens to toothbrushes and much, much more. While it can definitely be useful, we are starting to realize just how much of a problem it is...

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Diaper Rash

Why does it occur? If you have kids, there’s a good chance that at some point, they’ll probably have a diaper rash. Many parents try to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, it can still happen despite your best efforts. What causes a diaper rash to happen? How is...

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Alternative Treatments

Do they really work? Modern medicine has only been in existence since the early 19th century. Prior to that, there were treatments available, but many have been proven to be ineffective due to the developments in science and technology. However, in recent years the...

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Health News April 2019

-Major study debunks myth that moderate drinking can be healthy – Fox News
-Particulate pollution in the air we breathe kills thousands a year, study finds – CNN
-Under-the-tongue allergy pills replacing shots for many – Chicago Tribune
-Congress Looks to Tackle Surprise Medical Bills – The Wall Street Journal
-Eat Less Meat, Live Longer? – The New York Times

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Colic – Podcast

Why is your baby crying? Sure, babies cry…a lot! That’s their way of communicating their needs. Usually once they are fed or had a diaper change, they calm down. What happens if they don’t stop crying? No matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to make a difference....

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Colic

Why is your baby crying? Sure, babies cry…a lot! That’s their way of communicating their needs. Usually once they are fed or had a diaper change, they calm down. What happens if they don’t stop crying? No matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Your...

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Honesty with Your Doctor

Why does it matter? We all know that the significance of being honest in any relationship, whether it’s with your significant other, family members, boss or co-workers. However, the person you should definitely always be honest with is your doctor. Why is this so...

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Schizophrenia

Are the things that you're seeing or hearing real? Every day we rely on our senses to provide us with information. So, if we see or hear something, we believe it to be true. What if what you’re seeing or hearing isn’t real? For people with schizophrenia, they truly...

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Work & Your Health

What's the impact? You spend a significant amount of your time at work, which means it greatly impacts your health. The outcomes can be positive or negative. How do you determine which one your experiencing? What can you do to create more positive results?   In...

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Bipolar – Podcast

Why are you having mood swings? We all have moments when we are happy and moments when we are sad. Most of the time, we are able to function every day without either of these effecting us too much. What if you go back and forth between these two extremes frequently?...

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Bipolar

Why are you having mood swings? We all have moments when we are happy and moments when we are sad. Most of the time, we are able to function every day without either of these effecting us too much. What if you go back and forth between these two extremes frequently?...

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Veterans Healthcare

What needs to improve? For many years, the healthcare system for our veterans has been under fire for have numerous problems and providing inadequate care. Considering what these brave men and women sacrifice while serving our country this is definitely unacceptable....

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Bulimia

Why do you keep throwing up? Some people may think that bulimia is the opposite of anorexia because people who have it tend to eat a large amount of food and are larger in physical size than those with anorexia. While this can be true, people with bulimia often throw...

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Plastic Surgery Abroad

Is it a good idea? There is no question that plastic surgery is expensive and, in most cases, it isn’t covered by health insurance. Since the cost is coming directly out of your own pocket, it would be nice to save some money where possible, right? This has led many...

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Anorexia Nervosa – Podcast

Are you "really" fat? For most of us, we can tell when we are overweight and could lose a few pounds. We also know when we’re at a healthier weight. For people with anorexia nervosa, their perceptive of weight doesn’t match their physical size. These individuals...

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Anorexia Nervosa

Are you "really" fat? For most of us, we can tell when we are overweight and could lose a few pounds. We also know when we’re at a healthier weight. For people with anorexia nervosa, their perceptive of weight doesn’t match their physical size. These individuals are...

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Center for Disease Control

What's its role? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seems to be constantly in the news. It can be related to food safety concerns, epidemics or environmental threats. With all this information being shared, it can make many people wonder what is the...

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Health News March 2019

-Sleeping in on weekends causes weight gain risks, research shows – Fox News
-The common exercise mistakes you are probably making right now – CNN
-Measles vaccine doesn’t cause autism, says a new, decade-long study of half a million people – Chicago Tribune
-Fighting Breast Cancer Without Surgery – The Wall Street Journal
-Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might. – The New York Times

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Arteriovenous Malformation

How serious is it? An arteriovenous malformation involves an abnormality of the smallest part of your circulatory system, the capillaries. For most people, it isn’t something that you have to think about, let alone worry about. If you do have one, why should you be...

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Genetic Edited Babies

Where do we draw the line? With the recent announcement of a scientist who genetically edited babies, controversy has been plentiful. If you haven’t followed the story too closely, you might be wondering many things. What exactly happened? Why does it matter? What...

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Arrhythmias – Podcast

Why is your heart rhythm different? An arrhythmia isn’t something that you usually have to worry about. Some of them can occur without you even knowing you have one. Others are life-threatening and need immediate medical treatment. What exactly is an arrhythmia?...

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Arrhythmias

Why is your heart rhythm different? An arrhythmia isn’t something that you usually have to worry about. Some of them can occur without you even knowing you have one. Others are life-threatening and need immediate medical treatment. What exactly is an arrhythmia? How...

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PrEP (HIV Medication)

How does it work? Did you know that there is a medication available to help prevent you from developing HIV? Probably not. Given how devastating the disease used to be and how life altering it still is, one would think that this ability to prevent the transmission of...

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Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

What is it? Congenital conditions are those that people are born with. Some are obvious and some are not. Some are serious and some are not. What is Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome? How do you find out if you have it? How is it treated? Is there anything you can do to...

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GMO Products

Are they bad for you? GMO products seem to be making the news more and more. Did you know that they’ve been around for years? So, is the media attention just hype or is it really a concern? What exactly are they? Why does it matter? Should you be worried about...

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Pulmonary Hypertension – Podcast

Why is this a problem? When you hear the word hypertension, you probably know that it means high blood pressure. Usually, blood pressure is related to your heart and cardiovascular system. Pulmonary hypertension is not different in this regard, but it also involves...

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Pulmonary Hypertension

Why is this a problem? When you hear the word hypertension, you probably know that it means high blood pressure. Usually, blood pressure is related to your heart and cardiovascular system. Pulmonary hypertension is not different in this regard, but it also involves...

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Soda Tax

Does it work? Who doesn’t love to have a nice, cold soda on warm day? Going to the movies and not getting a soda with your popcorn just doesn’t seem right. However, over the past several years, several cities have passed laws that increase the amount tax that is being...

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Health News February 2019

-FDA targets illegally marketed dietary supplements – CNN
-Bacteria May Offer New Hope for Treating Skin Disorders – The Wall Street Journal
-Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Rates in Younger People – The New York Times
-Considering a medical alert device? Here’s what you should know before buying. – The Washington Post

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Croup

Why is your child coughing? There is no question that kids get sick. Sometimes, it’s just a sniffle or a stomach bug, but other times, it can be more serious. When you child has a cough, how do you determine when it’s critical? You’ve probably heard of croup, but what...

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Child Car Seats

Why does size and position matter? Everyone loves their child and wants what’s best for them. So, when it comes to their safety while riding in the car, you have a car seat specifically designed for them. Depending on the age and size of your child, the type of car...

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Sleep Apnea – Podcast

Why is your snoring a problem? When you hear the term sleep apnea, you probably think of someone who snores loudly at night. Sure, this is annoying, especially for family members, but it can be a serious medical problem. How do you know if you have sleep apnea? What...

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Sleep Apnea

Why is your snoring a problem? When you hear the term sleep apnea, you probably think of someone who snores loudly at night. Sure, this is annoying, especially for family members, but it can be a serious medical problem. How do you know if you have sleep apnea? What...

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Stimulant Epidemic

Is this the next drug problem? We all know about the opioid epidemic. Hopefully, we’re starting to make some progress in combating it. Did you know that we are also in the midst of a stimulant epidemic? How is this the case? Why is this so concerning? What should we...

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Tuberculosis

Why is it so dangerous? When you hear the word tuberculosis you probably don’t think much about it. You probably know that it can be a serious respiratory infection, but how do you get it? Did you know that some people are carriers of it but don’t have any symptoms?...

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Celebrity Fads

Are they really good for your health? Celebrities always seem to be endorsing a product, diet or exercise routine. Given the power of social media now, these endorsements are constantly being placed in front of us. It doesn’t matter if they truly believe in what...

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Pertussis – Podcast

Why is it so dangerous? Recently, there have been several commercials on TV advertising for adults to get the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. In the commercial, they show grandparents interacting with their grandkids and talk about the dangers whooping cough can...

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Pertussis

Why is it so dangerous? Recently, there have been several commercials on TV advertising for adults to get the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. In the commercial, they show grandparents interacting with their grandkids and talk about the dangers whooping cough can...

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Pets

Are they good for your health? After a long and stressful day at work, all you want to do is go home and relax. The minute you walk in the door, you are greeted by your dog. She is so happy to see you that her body is shaking with excitement. You set down your...

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Health News January 2019

-Could Exercising In Frigid Temperatures Make Us Healthier? – NPR
-Being Bored Can Be Good for You — If You Do It Right. Here’s How – TIME
-When it comes to breathing during exercise, you’re probably doing it wrong – Chicago Tribune
-Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them? – The New York Times
-Marijuana gives you the munchies. What about CBD? – The Washington Post

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Nosebleed – Podcast

What's going on with your nose? You’re sitting at home watching your favorite TV show while having a snack when the next thing you know, you feel a warm trickle coming out of your nose running down your face. You go to brush it away with your hand and notice that...

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Nosebleed

What's going on with your nose? You’re sitting at home watching your favorite TV show while having a snack when the next thing you know, you feel a warm trickle coming out of your nose running down your face. You go to brush it away with your hand and notice that it...

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Portion Size

Why more is not better? Everywhere you look, there are signs to “Supersize” or “Value Size” your order of food. When you go out to dinner at a sit-down restaurant, the plate your food is served on is huge and it is usually piled with food. When did portion sizes...

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Weight Loss

Why is it so hard? We all know that feeling when you go to put on your jeans for the first time of the season and they seem to be snugger than you remember. Your first thought is you must’ve gain weight. So, you decide to go on a diet. It works…you lose a couple of...

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Instant Gratification

Why is it such a problem? We live in a society where when we want something, we can have it almost instantaneously. If you don’t know something, pull out your phone and look it up. If you need a gift for someone, order it online and have it shipped to their house and...

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Addiction – Podcast

Why is it so powerful? When most people hear the word addiction, their first thought is that a person has problems with drugs. This is especially true now more than ever thanks to the opioid epidemic. However, addiction doesn’t just apply to drugs, but can be a...

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Addiction

Why is it so powerful? When most people hear the word addiction, their first thought is that a person has problems with drugs. This is especially true now more than ever thanks to the opioid epidemic. However, addiction doesn’t just apply to drugs, but can be a number...

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Health History

Why do you need to know it? Given the number of people who have health problems, it would be easy to assume that these individuals would be well versed in their health history. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in the majority of situations. Health history is vital...

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Drug Abuse

How do you know if you have problem? Every time you see the news, there seems to be at least one story about the opioid epidemic. Since this has been going on for a few years and we are making minimal progress towards correcting it, it brings forth many questions. Why...

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Global Health

Why does it matter? When we think of health, it’s usually in relation to our own or someone we care about. Occasionally, when a larger scale event happens, such as a really bad flu season or the opioid epidemic, we think of it in broader terms. While this is good, we...

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Alcohol Abuse – Podcast

How to recognize the signs? Most people partake in drinking alcohol at some point in their lives. While an occasional drink isn’t a problem, it can become one if your drinking gets out of hand. How do you know if you have a problem related to alcohol use? What can...

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Alcohol Abuse

How to recognize the signs? Most people partake in drinking alcohol at some point in their lives. While an occasional drink isn’t a problem, it can become one if your drinking gets out of hand. How do you know if you have a problem related to alcohol use? What can you...

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Exercise

How much do you really need? Exercise is beneficial for your health, so the more you do the better your health will be, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. It’s actually possible to exercise too much. What is over-exercising? What happens to your body when you...

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Health News December 2018

-The Future of HIV Treatment Might Not Involve Pills – TIME
-Risk of breast cancer may increase after giving birth, study says – Fox News
-Depression, alcoholism often an unbearable combination – Miami Herald
-New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air – The New York Times

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Food Borne Illness

What is the best way to stay safe? With the holiday season upon us, there is bound to be parties, dinners and get-togethers. What is the main thing that these have in common? Food. No question that it can be very enjoyable to share a nice meal with family and friends....

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Dr. Internet

Are there risks to looking up health information online? The sheer volume of information on the internet can be very beneficial. When you don’t know something, it’s incredibly easy to go type it into a search engine and the next thing you know, you’ve got thousands of...

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Cough – Podcast

How do you know if it is serious? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat seems dry and scratchy. The next thing you know you start coughing. After about a minute, your throat clears, the coughing stops and you feel better. What causes this to happen?...

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Cough

How do you know if it is serious? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat seems dry and scratchy. The next thing you know you start coughing. After about a minute, your throat clears, the coughing stops and you feel better. What causes this to happen?...

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Saving Lives

What happens if we’re only prolonging death? You have probably experienced, or know someone who has experienced, the difficulty of deciding what to do when a loved one is on life support and whether they should remain on it or be taken off. The burden of making the...

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Sore Throat

How do you make it feel better? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat is dry and it hurts to swallow. After having your morning cup of coffee, you realize that your throat doesn’t hurt as bad, but still feels irritated. It continues to feel this way...

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Lifelong Learning

How does it impact your health? When you hear the word learning, the first thing that you think of is probably school. While learning definitely takes place in school, it doesn’t have to end once you leave school. By continuing to learn throughout your life, you can...

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Prostate Cancer – Podcast

Should you be concerned? Due to the numerous commercials advertising medications to help men with prostate issues, most people know that it can cause problems, such as the urge to urinate frequently or making it difficulty to urinate. However, the condition that...

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Prostate Cancer

Should you be concerned? Due to the numerous commercials advertising medications to help men with prostate issues, most people know that it can cause problems, such as the urge to urinate frequently or making it difficulty to urinate. However, the condition that would...

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Music

How does it affect your health? We all have different songs that remind us of something, whether it is good or bad depends on the association that we’ve made between that song and the event we link it to. Music is a very powerful tool that our brains use in processing...

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Health News November 2018

-Does your gut need probiotics after antibiotics? – CNN
-UM studies how Alzheimer’s disease also affects loving caregivers – Miami Herald
-How to Take Charge of Your Medical Care – The New York Times
-New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the U.S. – The Washington Post

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Boils

What is causing that bump? When you hear the word ‘boil,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, you are probably thinking of a large, gross-looking red bump that is on your skin. This is a pretty accurate description, but not all boils are large....

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Cleanliness

Is there such a thing as too much? Everywhere you look you are bombarded with ads or information about the latest cleaning products. These products can be used for anything from your home to body. There is no question that improvement in cleanliness and sanitation...

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Cellulitis – Podcast

How serious is it? One day while you are drying off from your shower, you notice that there is swollen, red area on your ankle. It is slightly tender when you touch it, but otherwise isn’t too bad. You go about your day and notice there is a nagging aching in your...

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Cellulitis

How serious is it? One day while you are drying off from your shower, you notice that there is swollen, red area on your ankle. It is slightly tender when you touch it, but otherwise isn’t too bad. You go about your day and notice there is a nagging aching in your...

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Habits

Why are they so hard to change? Everyone has habits, some are good and some are bad, but we all have them. The good ones can actually help us to function on a daily basis. The bad ones obviously aren’t good for us and, in some cases, can significantly impact our...

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Cervical Cancer

Why should you be screened? It seems that while cervical cancer is mentioned about a lot, most people don’t really understand it. Very few people know that there is a strong link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. This is why there has been so...

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Poverty

How does it affect your health? With the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor in our country, there has been increasing focus on how poverty impacts the lives of the individuals living it. There is no question that it significantly affects many aspects of a...

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Menopause – Podcast

What's going on with your body? For some women, the absence of a monthly cycle when they first start menopause is a relief, but for others, it presents a whole new set of issues for them to deal with. While every woman’s experience is different, all can usually...

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Menopause

What's going on with your body? For some women, the absence of a monthly cycle when they first start menopause is a relief, but for others, it presents a whole new set of issues for them to deal with. While every woman’s experience is different, all can usually agree...

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Communication

Why is there a lack of it in healthcare? Communication is essential when it comes to your job, relationships and any aspect of your life. Imagine if you didn’t relay important information at work. How would this affect your job? Probably something not pleasant, but...

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Health News October 2018

-Is Granola Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say – TIME
-Less sleep associated with risky behavior in teens, study says – CNN
-Study gives depressing look at how climate change puts Americans’ mental health at risk – Los Angeles Times
-Why Is CBD Everywhere? – The New York Times
-Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads – The Washington Post

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Breast Cancer

How to tell if you have it? Most of us know someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer. If it isn’t a relative or friend of ours than it is a relative or friend of someone we know. Thankfully, breast cancer survival rates have increased in recent due to...

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Downtime

Why is it important to do nothing? It seems that no matter how hard you try, there is never enough time in the day to do all the things that you have to do, let alone the things you want to do for fun. Why is the case? Have we really become that busy that downtime is...

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Medical Information – Podcast

Can you believe what you see on the TV and Internet? If you are looking for medical information, there is no shortage in supply to finding it. When you are watching TV, there is always a new commercial for a recently released medication. If you are feeling sick, you...

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Medical Information

Can you believe what you see on the TV and Internet? If you are looking for medical information, there is no shortage in supply to finding it. When you are watching TV, there is always a new commercial for a recently released medication. If you are feeling sick, you...

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America’s Healthcare

Why is it so broken? How do we fix it? When it comes to America’s healthcare system, there is no question that it is broken. There is a significant number of people who are ill with chronic conditions and many of them are uninsured. The prices for prescription drugs...

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Surgery

What questions should you be asking? The thought of having surgery can be scary and confusing. It is no wonder because there are so many types and one condition can often be treated by more than one type. So, how do you know which type of surgery is best for you? How...

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Hobbies

Why are they good for your health? While most of us know what hobbies are, and we probably had one at one point, many of us don’t have one any more. This isn’t good because having a hobby can provide significant number of health benefits. What are they? What has...

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Doctor Specialties – Podcast

Why are there so many of them? You are having a problem with your foot, so you go to your doctor and they recommend that you go to a specialist. Should you see a podiatrist, an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon? This variety in specialization occurs throughout all...

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Doctor Specialties

Why are there so many of them? You are having a problem with your foot, so you go to your doctor and they recommend that you go to a specialist. Should you see a podiatrist, an orthopedist or an orthopedic surgeon? This variety in specialization occurs throughout all...

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Reading

Why don’t we do more of it? Americans are reading less than they used to. Why? The majority of people think it is because of all of the technology that is available to us nowadays. Is this really the case? Why is it so critical that we, as a society, shift our focus...

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Hospitals

How do you stay healthy while in one? If you are sick enough that you need to be admitted to the hospital, then you are in the right place to receive the care that will help you get better. However, since hospitals treat people who are extremely sick, there are plenty...

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Pill Popping Culture

Do we really need a pill for everything? Every time you turn the television on there is a commercial for a new medication. Some of them are to treat diseases for that have been known about for a while, but others are for new diseases. Why is this the case? Why have we...

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Health News September 2018

-The Scientific Secrets to Preventing Jet Lag – TIME
-More baby boomers turning to marijuana, study says – CNN
-New synthetic drug strains are making it difficult to diagnose overdoses – Fox News
-Do you really need to stretch? Science weighs in. – Chicago Tribune
-More Evidence That Nutrition Studies Don’t Always Add Up – The New York Times

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Lice – Podcast

What are those white spots on your head? While you are picking your son up from school, he says that his head has been really itchy all day. When you get home, you take a look at his head and notice small, white dots scattered throughout his hair. You take him to the...

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Lice

What are those white spots on your head? While you are picking your son up from school, he says that his head has been really itchy all day. When you get home, you take a look at his head and notice small, white dots scattered throughout his hair. You take him to the...

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Children

Are there health benefits to having them? For many people the ability to have children comes easily. Unfortunately, for some it is can be a struggle. Yet, others consciously choose not have them. There are many factors that should be considered when thinking about...

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Ringworm

Is there a worm under your skin? You wake up one morning and notice a small area of skin on your arm that is a little red and slightly itchy. You don’t think much of it and get ready for your day. Later in the afternoon, you notice that the area has become even more...

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Diabetes & Obesity

How are they related? Why do so many Americans have both? When you consider the number of people in America who are obese and have diabetes, it begs the question of how the two are connected? Does one cause the other? There are serious health complications that arise...

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Kidney Infection – Podcast

Is it serious? You’ve had some burning when you urinate and been prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for a urinary tract infection. A few days go by and you’re still not feeling better. In fact, your back is starting to hurt worse. You go back to your doctor...

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Kidney Infection

Is it serious? You’ve had some burning when you urinate and been prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for a urinary tract infection. A few days go by and you’re still not feeling better. In fact, your back is starting to hurt worse. You go back to your doctor and...

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Traveling

Are there health benefits? Are you the type of person who enjoys going to new places, experiencing new things and having adventures? Or, are you the type that loves to go to their favorite place to disconnect from everyday life, slowing things down and spending time...

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Kidney Stones

Why is your back hurting? You’ve been working outside in your yard all day and since it is summer, you probably sweat a lot. You don’t think it’s a big deal because you’ve been hydrating with water. However, later in the evening, you notice that your back is hurting...

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Healthcare & Politics

Why is it such a mess? Regardless of which political party you affiliate with, most of us can agree that politics is a mess. This is especially true in relation to healthcare. What one party thinks will work, the other party opposes it. This opposition seems to be...

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Health News August 2018

-Why STD Rates Are Higher Than They’ve Ever Been – TIME
-Smokers are better off quitting, even with weight gain, study says – Chicago Tribune
-The Call to Care for Aging Parents Comes Sooner Now – The Wall Street Journal
-The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse. – The New York Times
-‘Medicare for all’ is the dream. ‘Medicaid for more’ could be the reality. – The Washington Post

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Kidneys – Podcast

What is their role? Most of the time, as long as it’s doing what it is supposed to, you don’t think about how your body functions. You probably know that your kidneys make urine, but how does it do this? Where does the items that make up your urine come from? Why...

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Kidneys

What is their role? Most of the time, as long as it’s doing what it is supposed to, you don’t think about how your body functions. You probably know that your kidneys make urine, but how does it do this? Where does the items that make up your urine come from? Why is...

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Healthy Foods

Are they really that expensive? Everyone wants to be healthy and one way to accomplish this is to eat food that provides the right nutrients your body needs to function efficiently. The problem with this seems to lie in purchasing healthy foods. Whenever you are at...

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Muscular Dsytrohpy

Why are your muscles weak? When we are young, we expect our muscles to be strong and healthy. For most of us, this is the case. However, one day, you notice that your son’s having trouble walking and realize that he has been falling frequently. What does this mean?...

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Abortion

Why is it making headlines? When it comes to abortion, everyone has their own strongly held beliefs. Lately, it has been making the news more than ever because of the retirement of one of the Supreme Court justices and the selection of his replacement. Many people are...

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Lupus – Podcast

What is it? When you hear the word lupus, what do you think of? Some people might think of dogs or wolves since their scientific name is Canis lupus. Others might think of a beloved children’s series that had a character by a similar sounding name and the...

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Lupus

What is it? When you hear the word lupus, what do you think of? Some people might think of dogs or wolves since their scientific name is Canis lupus. Others might think of a beloved children’s series that had a character by a similar sounding name and the capability...

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Circadian Rhythm

Why is it important? How do you know when to wake up in the morning? If you’re lucky, you’re able to get up without using an alarm clock. Have you ever felt sleepy in the afternoon? What causes these things to happen? Your internal body clock does and it is essential...

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MS

What is going on with your muscles? MS is something that most of us don’t think about unless it affects ourselves or someone we care about. This means that you probably don’t really know what it is or the cause of it is. What does the treatment involve? Is there a...

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American Lifestyle

Why is it going to kill us? Most of us are probably aware of the fact that the American lifestyle is a direct contributor to how unhealthy many of us are, but what are the exact causes? Are they something that we have control over? In order to improve our health as...

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ALS – Podcast

What is it? If you hear the term ALS, what is the first thing that you think of? For some, it might be Lou Gehrig. Others might think of Stephen Hawking. Still others, might think of the ice bucket challenge. Unless you personally know someone with ALS, most us...

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Health News July 2018

-Do You Really Need Less Sleep As You Age? – TIME
-Why is US one of the ‘most dangerous’ places in the developed world to give birth? – Fox News
-Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness. – The New York Times
-Plastic straws aren’t just bad for the environment — they can be bad for your body – The Washington Post

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ALS

What is it? If you hear the term ALS, what is the first thing that you think of? For some, it might be Lou Gehrig. Others might think of Stephen Hawking. Still others, might think of the ice bucket challenge. Unless you personally know someone with ALS, most us don’t...

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Alcohol

Is it good or bad for you? Is any amount of alcohol good? Most people partake in having an alcoholic beverage at some point in their lives. For some people, they only drink on special occasions. Other people drink only a few times a year or few times a month. Some...

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First Aid

Do you know what to do? You’re at a picnic with family and friends enjoying the nice summer weather. The last thing you are probably thinking about is an injury. Unfortunately, it can happen in the blink of an eye. Your niece falls down and cuts her knee, your father...

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Health & Wealth

What’s the connection? While you may know that having good health is important, do you know how your health is impacted by your wealth or lack thereof? Most of the time, we think of health and wealth as two separate things, but they are actually tied very closely...

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Outdoor Survival – Podcast

Do you have what it takes? While most of us like spending some time outside, but it is usually on our own terms. When you plan on participating in activities outside, typically, you try to bring everything that you might need. What happens if you find yourself...

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Outdoor Survival

Do you have what it takes? While most of us like spending some time outside, but it is usually on our own terms. When you plan on participating in activities outside, typically, you try to bring everything that you might need. What happens if you find yourself...

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Functional Fitness

What is it? Why do you need it? Being fit has been the rage for several years now. You have many different options when it comes to becoming fit, such as CrossFit, HIIT (High Intensity, Interval Training) and so many others. Lately, the words “Functional Fitness” seem...

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Snake Bites

How can you prevent them? You are in your yard, working when you bend down to pick up a rock to move it out of the way. The next thing you feel is a sharp pain in your forearm. You quickly look down and realize that you have just been bitten by a snake. What should...

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Outside

Why is it so important for your health? For most people, spending time outside is usually an enjoyable event. Whether you are going for a walk, hiking through a forest, rafting down a river or whatever it is that catches your fancy, the emotions we feel during and...

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Spider Bites – Podcast

What do you need to know? With summer just around the corner, it is time to get ready to be outside enjoying the sunny weather. Most of us have specific things we want to do during the summer and being bitten by a spider is definitely not on that list. Unfortunately,...

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Spider Bites

What do you need to know? With summer just around the corner, it is time to get ready to be outside enjoying the sunny weather. Most of us have specific things we want to do during the summer and being bitten by a spider is definitely not on that list. Unfortunately,...

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Public Health

Why is it so important? When you hear the term “public health,” what comes to mind? You might picture a crowded waiting room at your local health department. Maybe, you think about policies put in place by the government in order to make widespread changes to protect...

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Health News June 2018

-You’re probably washing your hands all wrong, study says – CNN
-The Overprotected American Child – The Wall Street Journal
-4 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy on Your Next Trip – The New York Times
-What if physicians stopped weighing heavier patients? Health care might improve. – The Washington Post

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Headaches

Why does your head hurt? You've probably had a headache at least once, so you know what it feels like to have your head throb and want to avoid any loud noises. Some people have headaches more frequently than others. Does this mean that something is seriously wrong?...

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Health Technology

How has it changed healthcare? Technology is all around us. All of us use it in our lives daily, so it isn’t something that we think about the impact it has in various areas of life with any great detail. Due to all of the advances that have been made, it is easy to...

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STD – Podcast

What do you need to know? Most of us probably prefer not talking about STDs, but it is something that everyone needs the correct information about in order to be protected. While some STDs are more serious than others, no one wants to have one. This is why protection...

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STD

What do you need to know? Most of us probably prefer not talking about STDs, but it is something that everyone needs the correct information about in order to be protected. While some STDs are more serious than others, no one wants to have one. This is why protection...

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Essential Oils

Do they work? Everywhere you turn there seems to be a new essential oil company. While this may be the latest craze in the past few years, not everyone is convinced that they are effective at doing what companies claim. What are essential oils? What are they used for?...

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Jaundice

Why is your skin yellow? When you hear the word “jaundice,” you probably think of a baby that has to spend time under a special light in order to fix it. Most people are surprised to known that adults can become jaundice, too. What causes jaundice to occur? Is it the...

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Tuberculosis

Why you should be concerned about it becoming drug-resistant? You have probably heard about tuberculosis at some point before, but did you know that it the number one cause of death from an infectious disease and it affects about a third of the world’s population?...

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Anemia – Podcast

Why don’t you have enough blood? You’ve probably heard the word anemia before and might know that it has something to do with your blood, but what does it actually mean? What causes it? Is it something serious that needs immediate treatment or a chronic...

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Anemia

Why don’t you have enough blood? You’ve probably heard the word anemia before and might know that it has something to do with your blood, but what does it actually mean? What causes it? Is it something serious that needs immediate treatment or a chronic condition?...

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FDA

What is their job? The FDA has been in the news a lot lately. This is especially true with the recall of romaine lettuce due to the contamination from E. coli. The FDA’s involvement in matters like these, leads to questions about their purpose and the role they play...

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Health News May 2018

-Here’s How Much Exercise You Need to Keep Your Brain Healthy – TIME
-Synthetics now killing more people than prescription opioids, report says – CNN
-Proposal to Curb Drug Prices Would Hand More Competition to Insurers – The Wall Street Journal
-Antibiotics May Raise the Risk for Kidney Stones – The New York Times
-Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004 – The Washington Post

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Osteoporosis – Podcast

What is happening to your bones? You’ve probably see in television commercials how elderly people are at increased risk for broken bones if they happen to fall. Typically, this is caused by osteoporosis. What is this? Why does it happen? Can you prevent it?...

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Osteoporosis

What is happening to your bones? You’ve probably see in television commercials how elderly people are at increased risk for broken bones if they happen to fall. Typically, this is caused by osteoporosis. What is this? Why does it happen? Can you prevent it? Definition...

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Immigration

How does it impact healthcare? All of the recent discussions about immigration, deportation and travel bans brings forth many questions. For most people, they are concerned about themselves or family members being deported or family members not being allowed to come...

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Hearing Loss

What is wrong with your hearing? While the stereotypical image of elderly people is that they are hard of hearing, this isn’t always the case. Most of us take the ability to hear for granted until we have difficulty hearing. How common is hearing loss as you age? Is...

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’13 Reasons Why’

The importance of talking about teenage suicide When the show ’13 Reasons Why’ aired last spring, it was instantly popular, but it also created a significant amount of controversy. With season two set to be released at some point soon, it brings the concerns regarding...

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Hair Loss – Podcast

Is it normal? One day you’re in the bathroom getting ready to go to work and notice that your hair is starting to thin in some spots. For some people, the loss of hair can be quite upsetting. What does this mean? Is it permanent or temporary? Can anything be done...

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Teenagers & Vaping

Should you be concerned? With the invention of the e-cigarette and the lack of appropriate regulation, it isn’t any wonder that it has become extremely popular, especially among teenagers. While there are plenty of facts about traditional cigarettes being harmful for...

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Hair Loss

Is it normal? One day you’re in the bathroom getting ready to go to work and notice that your hair is starting to thin in some spots. For some people, the loss of hair can be quite upsetting. What does this mean? Is it permanent or temporary? Can anything be done to...

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Car Emissions

What does the role back of regulations mean? With the announcement by the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency stating that the regulations for controlling the emissions from cars and trucks would be lessened, it begs the question how will this likely...

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Anxiety

How come you’re so worried? It is normal to feel anxious over certain things throughout your life…like passing an important test in school, getting married or applying for a new job. This type of anxiety goes away once the event that is causing it has passed. What...

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Down Syndrome – Podcast

What is the cause? With the new Gerber baby being a cute little boy who has Down Syndrome, it has probably caused many more people to think about what is it? What challenges does it present? Are those affected by it able to live a good quality life?

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Health News April 2018

-6 Surprising Foods That Pack a Day’s Worth of Added Sugar – TIME
-Bringing meals to people with food insecurity may deliver savings to the healthcare system – Los Angeles Times
-Some patients pay high price for seeking cheap plastic surgery abroad – Chicago Tribune
-How to Start Working Out – The New York Times
-Will calorie counts on menu items do more harm than good? – The Washington Post

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Antibiotics

Why don’t some of them work anymore? Antibiotics have been proven to be life saving since their discovery. In recent years, some of them are unable to treat the infections they were designed to. Why is this happening? Can’t we just make newer, better antibiotics?...

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Down Syndrome

What is the cause? With the new Gerber baby being a cute little boy who has Down Syndrome, it has probably caused many more people to think about what is it? What challenges does it present? Are those affected by it able to live a good quality life? Definition Down...

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World Health Organization

What is their role? The World Health Organization isn’t something that most people spend a great deal of time thinking about. Usually, it makes the news when there is some sort of health crisis occurring that will likely have a global impact and they are making...

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Autism

Why is it so different for each person? Due to the rise in the number of children born with autism in recent years, more and more people are interacting with individuals who have some form of cognitive challenges. Given the broad range of symptoms that fall into the...

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ADHD – Podcast

What is going on with your child? Almost all children are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive at some point. When this behavior is constant to the degree that it interferes with their ability to do well at school, affects their capability to maintain friendships or...

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Food Waste

What can you do? When you think about food, you usually are thinking about what you are going to eat next or what you might need from the grocery store. Most of the time, none of us think about the amount of food that gets wasted daily. If you stop to think about it...

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ADHD

What is going on with your child? Almost all children are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive at some point. When this behavior is constant to the degree that it interferes with their ability to do well at school, affects their capability to maintain friendships or...

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Cigarettes

Why are they still around? It wasn’t too long ago that you would see someone smoking inside a restaurant, store, or place of work. Since the damaging health effects of smoking have come to light and more people are aware of them, there have been numerous steps to...

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Parkinson’s

What is causing the tremors? When you hear the word Parkinson’s, you probably think of one of two things, either someone who experiences tremors or Michael J. Fox because he has been a spokesperson for the disease for a long time. While you may know that Parkinson’s...

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Alzheimer’s – Podcast

What happens to your brain? Everyone forgets things once in a while, such as where you placed your keys, why you were going in a room to do something, and so forth. As you age, this is no different. The difference for the people with Alzheimer’s is that this...

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Alzheimer’s

What happens to your brain? Everyone forgets things once in a while, such as where you placed your keys, why you were going in a room to do something, and so forth. As you age, this is no different. The difference for the people with Alzheimer’s is that this happens...

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Violence with Guns

Is there a way for everyone to be safer? The commonplace of guns being used in violent crimes is so frequent, we’ve become desensitized to it. It isn’t until there is a mass shooting, particularly when it is at a school, that there comes a cry for something to be done...

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Health News March 2018

-Cleaning products tied to lung function decline in women says new study – Fox News
-Can timing of meals help with weight loss? – Chicago Tribune
-The Challenge of Doctor-Patient Relations in the Internet Age – The New York Times
-Testing for hepatitis C lags with baby boomers despite high infection rate – The Washington Post

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Coronary Artery Disease

Why should you be concerned? Your coronary arteries are not something that you think about often. Most of us never think of them until something is wrong with them. Unfortunately, this is usually too late to prevent damage to not only to them, but other areas of your...

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Pharmaceuticals

Why are they so expensive? When you see the prices for new medications they are astounding. Now, certain drug companies are charging more for medications that have been around for years, such as the EpiPen. Why are drug companies allowed to do this? What has to change...

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Sepsis – Podcast

What is your body doing? You’re sick and it doesn’t seem too bad at first, but all of sudden, it seems that your body isn’t fighting the infection as well as it normally does. What is going on? Why isn’t your body doing its job of fighting off the illness? Should...

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Pulmonary Embolism

Why aren’t your lungs working? You’ve just come back from an awesome vacation, you’re at the grocery store getting what you need to restock your kitchen when you bend over to pick something up off the bottom shelf and you suddenly feel short of breath and have chest...

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Sepsis

What is your body doing? You’re sick and it doesn’t seem too bad at first, but all of sudden, it seems that your body isn’t fighting the infection as well as it normally does. What is going on? Why isn’t your body doing its job of fighting off the illness? Should you...

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Flu Season

Why is this one so bad? When you read or listen to the news, there are numerous stories about the flu and the latest victims who have succumb to it. Unfortunately, this number keeps rising and it doesn’t look like this is going to change any time soon. Why is this...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis – Podcast

Why is your leg swelling? You’ve been sitting in the car on a long journey, when you get out of the car to go to the bathroom at the rest stop, you notice that your right calf is hurting. You don’t pay much attention to it, figuring it is stiff from being in the...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Why is your leg swelling? You’ve been sitting in the car on a long journey, when you get out of the car to go to the bathroom at the rest stop, you notice that your right calf is hurting. You don’t pay much attention to it, figuring it is stiff from being in the car....

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Mindfulness

Does it really benefit your health? Every where you look, you are being told to be mindful about something. Be mindful while eating. Be mindful while exercising. Be mindful while washing your car. Be mindful while showering. What exactly is mindfulness? Why should we...

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Atrial Fibrillation

What is that funny feeling in your chest mean? You are going about your day when you notice that your chest fells weird and your heart feels like it is racing. This lasts for a few minutes, but then it goes away. What is going on? Will that odd sensation come back?...

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Childhood Sports

Are they dangerous? Most people have participated at some sport during their childhood. Yes, occasionally injuries would occur. However, the amount that childhood sports injuries are being discussed by various media sources seems to be increasing. Are sports more...

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Health News February 2018

-Alzheimer’s pervasive plaque contained when key enzyme is removed in mice, study finds – Fox News
-Paid parental leave elusive 25 years after Family and Medical Leave Act – CNN
-How to treat and prevent head lice infections in children – Miami Herald
-Bad genes are a problem you can live with – Chicago Tribune
-Do Hangovers Get Worse as We Age? – The New York Times

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Shingles – Podcast

What is going on? One day, you start having this pain on one of your sides and it is just below your rib cage starting in your back and wraps around to the front. It is very painful but you don’t notice anything wrong in the area, so you put up with the pain and go...

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Shingles

What is going on? One day, you start having this pain on one of your sides and it is just below your rib cage starting in your back and wraps around to the front. It is very painful but you don’t notice anything wrong in the area, so you put up with the pain and go...

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Parental Leave

Why is it not a standard? You are expecting a baby and couldn’t be more excited! Once your baby arrives, you definitely want to be able to spend time with him or her. Here in the United States, you will be able to take time off, but most likely it will not be paid. We...

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India’s Air Pollution

Should you be worried? The pictures of the air pollution in India have been all over the news. You see people with masks covering their faces walking on streets so thick with smog that you can’t even see more than a few feet. What is the cause? How can it be fixed?...

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Arthritis

Why are your joints hurting? If you haven’t experienced it yourself, you probably know someone who experiences pain in their joints on a daily basis. It’s just arthritis, it’s not a big deal…it’s a normal part of aging is often what is implied. Basically, it seems...

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Thyroid – Podcast

Why is it important? You might have heard the word thyroid before, especially in relation to having hypothyroidism. There are commercials on television advertising medication to help combat this. So, what is your thyroid and why is it important? What happens when it...

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Lab Grown Organs

The new future of transplants? Imagine if you needed a new bladder, liver or heart, this idea can be quite frightening. Until we are told otherwise, we assume that the organs that we are born with are the ones we are going to have until we die. However, due to disease...

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Thyroid

Why is it important? You might have heard the word thyroid before, especially in relation to having hypothyroidism. There are commercials on television advertising medication to help combat this. So, what is your thyroid and why is it important? What happens when it...

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Opioid Crisis Update

When will it end? We are still in the middle of opioid crisis and it doesn’t look like it is going to get any better any time soon. There has been a new face added to the mix and it is even more potent than Fentanyl. Are we ever going to be able to get a grip on this...

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Surroundings Safety

Do you pay attention? Our society today has so many distractions that we typically not aware of our surroundings. This can be problematic and lead to a host of issues, such as injuries while at work at a bare minimum. Unfortunately, it can have much dire consequences...

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Health News January 2018

-FBI strengthens crackdown on darknet drug dealing – Fox News
-4 ways to use your fitness tracker you hadn’t thought of yet – Chicago Tribune
-Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One. – The New York Times
-Savvier shoppers see through misleading food labels. Here’s how. – The Washington Post

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Animal Safety – Podcast

What is important to know? If you have pets, you love them and are concerned about their welfare. What do you need to do to make sure they are healthy and safe? What about if you don’t have pets, why should you be concerned about animal safety? How do you protect...

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Animal Safety

What is important to know? If you have pets, you love them and are concerned about their welfare. What do you need to do to make sure they are healthy and safe? What about if you don’t have pets, why should you be concerned about animal safety? How do you protect...

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Life Expectancy

Why is the United States’ decreasing? As improvements have been made in healthcare, sanitation, reduction of waste and many other areas, the life expectancy in the United States continued to rise steadily over the past several decades. Unfortunately, that is no longer...

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Spirituality

Does it affect your health? As we are at the time of year when numerous cultures are celebrating different religious holidays, it brings forth the concept of spirituality. What does spirituality mean? Is it different for each person? How does it affect your health?...

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Home Safety

What could be wrong with your castle? “Your home is your castle,” but what happens when your castle is unsafe? When it comes to thinking about home safety, people usually think of one of two things…something is wrong with structure of the house or about feeling safe...

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Car Safety

What could go wrong? When you hear the words car safety, most likely you think of what it takes to be safe while driving a car. While this is definitely important, but what about before you even get in your car? How do you make sure that you’re prepared for any...

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New Tax Plan

How is it going to affect your health? Everyone is talking about the new tax plan and how great it is going to be because most people think that they are going to get a tax break in their paychecks. While this may be true, there are other parts of the new tax bill...

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Food Safety

How do you keep your food safe? We have all been there are some point where you are feeling fine and all of a sudden, your stomach isn’t. Whether you need to throw up or run for the bathroom because you have the urgent need to have a bowel movement, the feeling is...

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Rectal Bleeding

Is it serious? You’re going to the bathroom and when you finish, you notice that there is blood on the toilet paper. It isn’t a large amount and its bright red in color. Should you be concerned? Do you need to go to the doctor? Definition Rectal bleeding is any blood...

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Health News December 2017

-8 reasons why your wound won’t heal – Fox News
-Is this what the doctor’s office of the future will look like? – Los Angeles Times
-The Mentality of Sexual Assault and Harassment, a Q&A – The Wall Street Journal
-Fewer Pain Pills May Be Best Bet After Surgery – The New York Times
-The moral differences between pro- and anti-vaccine parents – The Washington Post

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Bariatric Surgery

How does it work? You have probably heard the term “Gastric Bypass” or “Lap Band” before, but what do they mean? Are they the same thing? Is it a safe procedure? Who is eligible to have the procedure? Obviously, there are lots of questions and we’ve got the answers!...

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#MeToo Movement

How is it shaping the future? The #MeToo movement has become a national sensation since about the middle of October. It is being used to bring to light the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault, particularly in the workplace. How common is this type of behavior?...

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Diarrhea

That sudden urge to go! It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, but when that sudden urge to have a bowel movement hits, you know that you have limited time to find a bathroom before you have a mess in your pants. Diarrhea is definitely not a pleasant...

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Constipation

Why can’t you go? You’re in the bathroom on the toilet and no matter how hard you try, you aren’t able to have a bowel movement. We’ve all been there at some point, but eventually you are able to go and the relief you feel can be quite significant. Why is it so...

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Holiday Season

It doesn’t have to be stressful! It is that time a year again…the holiday season is upon us. It is supposed to be a joyous time, but all too often you can end up stressed out and easily forget the reason the holidays are supposed to be special. How do you manage the...

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Bowel Obstruction

What happens when you can’t go? You have probably been constipated at some point during your life, but eventually you’re able to go to the bathroom and the relief that provides is more satisfying than many of us would ever admit. What happens though if you are unable...

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Health News November 2017

-What happens when you get a vasectomy — and then change your mind – Fox News
-How marriage might be linked to lower dementia risk – CNN
-How to Age Well – The New York Times
-Concerned about inflammation? These foods may help. – The Washington Post

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Appendix

Why do you have one? We have all seen on television the person being rushed to the operating room in order to have their appendix removed. You probably know that it is in your stomach and that you can live without. So, what is the purpose of the appendix? Why don’t...

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Health Insurance

What do you need to know? The open enrollment period for health insurance is fast approaching. This year it is shorter and some states have less options to choose from than previous years. How do you choose? What is the difference between all the different terms? What...

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Pancreas

What is its role? Your pancreas is vital to your body’s ability to function. Without out, you wouldn’t be able to survive. Despite this, you probably don’t think about it often. So, what does it do? Why is it so important? Definition The pancreas is located deep next...

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Spleen

Why is it important? Your spleen is a small organ that is important to your body’s ability to function, but do you know what it does? If it is injured, it can cause serious problems. Where is it located in your body? How do you know if it has been injured and what do...

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Time Change

How does it affect your body? We are coming up on the “Fall Back” part of Daylight Savings Time, which for most of us this means an extra hour of sleep. As exciting as this is, the question is what happens to our bodies during this change. What happens to our bodies...

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Gallbladder

What does it do? You’ve probably know that you have a gallbladder but what does it do? Why is it important and why can you live without it if you need to? For a small organ, it can cause a significant amount of problems if something is wrong with it. Definition The...

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Health News October 2017

-7 things that might be causing your infertility – Fox News
-More phthalates banned in children’s toys by US government – CNN
-Ditch the headlines telling you what to eat, not to eat. Here’s how to live healthier. – Miami Herald
-Failure to vaccinate is likely driver of U.S. measles outbreaks, report says – Chicago Tribune
-High Blood Pressure in Midlife Tied to Later Dementia – The New York Times

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Healthcare Reform Update

What is the latest plan? The latest plan in the healthcare reform process has arrived…it isn’t a good one. This one is titled the Graham-Cassidy Plan after Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy who originated this version. When comparing this one to the other...

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Hepatitis

Is it serious? Hepatitis has been all over the media lately, particularly in television commercials advertising new medications to treat it. Also, there has been a push encouraging people to get screen for it. Why is it such a big deal? What can happen if you have it?...

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Cirrhosis

What is wrong with your liver? You’ve probably heard the word “cirrhosis” at some point, especially lately thanks to television commercials. Otherwise, it is usually one of those things that you have a distant relative or a friend of a friend who has it. You might...

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Death With Dignity

Shouldn’t we all have the right to die? It might sound odd, “Death with Dignity,” but isn’t that what everyone should be entitled to? We are in control of every aspect of our lives, should we not have the option to choose when and how we die if we have a terminal...

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Hernia

What does that bump mean? You sneeze, just like you normally would, but this time you feel something pop out around your groin area. You feel the crease where your thigh meets your hip and notice that there is something protruding under your skin that wasn’t there...

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GERD

How do you stop your reflux? You just finished dinner and are relaxing in your favorite chair when you start to have a burning sensation in your chest and all of sudden you have a sour taste in your mouth. You’ve noticed this has been happening after you eat,...

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Technology

How is effecting your health? Technology is all around us and the impact it plays in our lives is significant. There are benefits to technology, such as our ability to find and sift through large amounts of information quickly. Unfortunately, there is a downside to...

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IBS

What is wrong with your stomach? You were out with your friends and had a great dinner. Now, that you’re home, you noticed that your feel bloated, your stomach is cramping and you’re passing a lot of gas. As you are dealing with the discomfort, you realize that this...

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Health News September 2017

-Feeding your baby this peanut powder may help prevent a peanut allergy – Fox News
-Why today’s teens are taking longer to grow up – CNN
-Education is key to avoid being traumatized by natural disasters – Miami Herald
-Opioids Aren’t the Only Pain Drugs to Fear – The New York Times
-Want your kids to have healthy bones? It will take more than a milk mustache. – The Washington Post

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Patient Rights

What do you need to know? When seeking medical help, did you know that as a patient you have certain rights that can and should not be infringed upon. Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of these rights and, therefore, do not even realize when a right has been...

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Hate & Health

Does it affect your health? Anger is a natural emotion, but it can be very toxic. What happens to your body when you are angry? The answer might surprise you. Even more shocking is what happens to your health when that anger is sustained over long periods of time....

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Athlete’s Foot

Why is your foot itching? You notice that there is a small rash between your toes as you put your socks in the morning as you get ready to go to work. You don’t really think too much of it until later when you get home, remove your shoes and all of a sudden you start...

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Sciatica

Why does your back hurt? You wake up, get out of bed and all of a sudden you have sharp pain in your lower back that goes through your butt and down one of your legs. Your leg feels numb and has a tingling sensation. When you try to walk, your leg doesn’t seem like it...

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Healthcare Reform

Why should you care? Everywhere you look, the healthcare repeal bill is there and if you are like most people, you are concerned and fed up with hearing about it. The question you might be asking yourself is why is it such a big deal and why should you care?  ...

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Skin Cancer

What does that spot mean? You’re taking a shower and notice that you have a spot on your skin that looks like a mole but it doesn’t like quite right. Most of us don’t think that much about our skin unless we have a cut or sunburn. Since small changes can signify a...

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Health News August 2017

-There might be dangerous chemicals in your tap water — here’s how to stay safe – Fox News
-Consistency is key for weight loss, study says – CNN
-Is Specialized Fitness Getting Less Special? – The Wall Street Journal
-Moderate Drinking Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk – The New York Times

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Heat Stroke

Yes, it is an emergency! When summer is here, it’s great to be outside enjoying the weather. However, the heat that comes with summer is something that you should be mindful of. How it affects your body can be unexpected. Your body’s response to being overheated can...

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Water

Everywhere, but not a drop to drink?!? What is something that you don’t think about often is…WATER! Seriously, how often do you actually think about it. Water is something that we take for granted and don’t give much thought about until there is too much of it...

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Heat Exhaustion

Why is your body so hot? As much as you might love being outside in summer, heat is something that you should be conscious of. It can affect your body in ways that are unexpected. Your body’s response to being overheated can range from mild to moderate to severe. We...

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Heat Cramps

How bad can they be? Who doesn’t love being outside enjoying summer weather! However, one thing most people don’t think about when it is hot are the affects that can have on your body. Your body’s response to being overheated can range from mild to moderate to severe....

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Opioid Crisis

What has happened to America? Everywhere you look the opioid crisis is in the news. Obviously, this is a significant problem that is gripping our nation. Unfortunately, this is not a new problem. It started many years ago and just now are we seeing the devastating...

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Ticks

Where are they hiding? You’re out hiking in the woods or maybe you’re in your backyard playing with your kids, the last thing that you’re thinking of is whether you need to be worried about a tick getting on you. Unfortunately, you should be! How do you avoid ticks?...

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Water Safety

Are you ready? Summer is here and after being cooped up all winter, it is time to lather up the sunscreen and cool off in the water. As inviting as this sounds, the importance of water safety is not the first thing you usually think about when getting ready for...

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Health News July 2017

-‘Stem-cell tourism’ needs tighter controls, say medical experts – Fox News
-The Mediterranean diet doesn’t benefit everyone, study says – CNN
-Is it safe to take anti-inflammatory meds for a long time? – Miami Herald
-Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests – Chicago Tribune
-​Want to slow down your aging process? Mind-set can be key, oldest seniors say. – The Washington Post

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Grief & Children

How to help them cope! While experiencing grief yourself is unpleasant, having to explain your child that a loved one is no longer present is quite challenging. Children have the same emotional response to losing a loved one as adults do, but how they express it is...

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Grief

Is what you're feeling "normal"? If you have ended a relationship, been diagnosed with a terminal illness or had someone (person or pet) close to you die, you’ve most likely experienced grief. As you are going through it, you experience a variety of emotions and...

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Finding the Right Doctor

Who is the best fit for you? When it comes time to pick out a doctor, the task can seem overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. Most of the time when we first meet someone, it doesn’t involve having to get unclothed within the first 10-15 minutes while sharing personal,...

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Over-the-Counter Medicine

What do you need to know? You’re at the pharmacy because you aren’t feeling well and need medicine. There are aisles and aisles of medicine, but how do you know which one you should get in order to feel better? Depending on your symptoms, you might need a couple of...

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Health News June 2017

-Predicting hair loss no matter your gender – Fox News
-Tick tock: Men have biological clocks too – Chicago Tribune
-Nutrition experts warn coconut oil is on par with beef fat, butter – Chicago Tribune
-Can Air-Conditioners Cause Sinus Congestion? – The New York Times
-WHO creates controversial ‘reserve’ list of antibiotics for superbug threats – The Washington Post

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Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, herbals: What do you really need? Supplements are in the news everywhere you turn: Try this vitamin, it’ll help you see better. Take this mineral because it will improve your bone density. This herbal will make you feel less tired. So, how do you...

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Diabetic Retinopathy

How does diabetes effect your eyes? You probably know that diabetes effects your blood sugar levels, but did you know that it can impact your eyes. What exactly happens that leads to eye damage? What is the treatment? Can you do anything to prevent it from occurring?...

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Diabetic Neuropathy

How does diabetes effect your nerves? You notice that lately your legs and feet have been numb and tingling intermittently. Occasionally, you also have been having a cramping sensation in your feet. At first, you don’t think much of it, but you notice that it is...

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Dialysis

What purpose does it serve? When you are out running errands, you have probably seen signage for dialysis centers. Unless you know someone who receives dialysis, you probably aren’t aware of what goes on in these centers. What is dialysis? Why do some people need it?...

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Health News May 2017

-​Births to older moms rise as teen birth rate drops – CNN
-​Sun safety today essential to protect children’s skin in the future – Miami Herald
-Magic diets don’t change behavior. Tips to lose, keep off weight – Chicago Tribune
-​For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors – The New York Times
-​Keep these healthy snacks at your desk to stave off midday hunger – The Washington Post

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Why is your blood sugar so high? If you have diabetes, you are monitoring your blood sugar frequently. Obviously, if it gets too low, it is a significant problem. It is also a problem if it gets too high. What symptoms do you have if your blood sugar is too high? What...

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Cataracts

Are they a normal part of aging? You are trying to read the latest book and notice that it is difficult because it feels like you are looking through a fogged-up window. You also realize that it is becoming increasingly challenging to see when you are driving at...

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Glaucoma

Is it an emergency? Recently, you’ve noticed that there seems to be certain places in your field of vision that you can’t see something if it’s in a particular spot. Other than that, your vision seems to be fine. So, what is going on? Why can’t you see in these areas?...

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Vision Changes

When should you be concerned? You probably know at least one person who as they got older, needed glasses in order to be able to see. How often should you have your vision checked? Vision changes are a normal part of aging, right? Yes, some vision changes are, but not...

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Tendinitis

What is going on with your body? You might have heard of tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder or jumper’s knee, but did you know that they are all caused by same thing—inflammation of a tendon. What is a tendon? How does it become inflamed? What can you do to prevent any...

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Health News April 2017

-Want to be happy and successful? Try compassion – CNN
-Does Parkinson’s disease begin in the gut? New research suggests it does – Los Angeles Times
-Oral cancer among reasons doctors urge HPV vaccine for kids – Chicago Tribune
-How to Find Your Missing Keys and Stop Losing Other Things – The New York Times
-The DASH diet is proven to work. Why hasn’t it caught on? – The Washington Post

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Carpal Tunnel

Why does your wrist hurt? You’re at home typing away on your computer and you notice that your wrist hurts and your fingers are slightly numb. So, you take a break and the symptoms go away. A few days later, you’re at work and notice the same thing, but it takes...

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Strain vs Sprain

What is the difference? You’re running into your house to get out of a rain storm that suddenly popped up and the next thing you know you have a sharp pain in your ankle as you step down wrong and end up on the floor. The next day, your ankle is swollen and you cannot...

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Allergies

Annoying or life-threatening? When you hear the word allergies, you probably think of sneezing, runny nose, itching eyes. Every year during Spring a large number of people have this type of allergic reaction to pollen and other tiny particles floating in the air. For...

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Vaping vs Smoking

Is there a difference? You’ve heard the term vaping before and know that it’s something similar to cigarettes but don’t really know the difference. Also, you know smoking cigarettes is bad for you, but what about vaping? What is in the vapor? Definition Cigarette...

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Health News March 2017

-​Chronically stressed people more likely to gain excess weight, study says – Fox News
-The genius in people with learning disabilities, mental health disorders – CNN
-Parenthood can boost your longevity, if you don’t die from the stress first – Miami Herald
-Frequent, Brisk Walks May Aid Those With Early Alzheimer’s – The New York Times
-Want a productive work day? Watch what you eat. – The Washington Post

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Aneurysm

How life-threatening is it? Aneurysms aren’t something that we can see just by looking at ourselves in a mirror. Usually, you don’t have any symptoms until something goes catastrophically wrong that threatens your life. So, what is an aneurysm? How does it form? What...

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Peripheral Artery Disease

Why are your legs swollen? One day you are at the grocery store and notice that your legs are hurting as you walk around. In addition, they appear swollen and discolored. Unfortunately, over the next several days, your symptoms don’t improve. Why is this happening?...

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Angina

Why is your chest hurting? You’re walking up the flight of stairs in your house just like you’ve done multiple times a day, every day for the past 20 years, when all of a sudden, your chest starts hurting. You stop on the stairs and after a moment the pain is gone and...

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High Cholesterol

How high is too high? You have just gotten the results back from your latest blood work and it shows that your HDL is high and your LDL is low. What does this mean? Is it a good thing? Your doctor says that it is a measurement of your cholesterol. You’ve heard on the...

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Health News February 2017

-Acupuncture shows promise in migraine treatment, study says – CNN
-The 7 numbers you need to know to keep your heart healthy – Miami Herald
-No drugs for back pain, new guidelines say – The Wall Street Journal
-​Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts U.S. officials to weigh third vaccine dose – The Washington Post

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Obesity

It's not just how you look! Obesity…everywhere you turn, it’s in the news. With the issue of “body shaming” ever present in our very image-centered culture, it seems that many celebrities have an opinion of what people should or shouldn’t be doing. While it is not ok...

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Seizures

What is going on inside your head? You are sitting at your dining room table eating dinner when the next thing you know, you wake up on the floor with the taste of blood in your mouth and your pants are wet. Your family is around you asking if you are ok. When you ask...

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Dizziness

What is going on with your head? At some point or another, you have probably felt dizzy. This sensation of the room spinning or feeling unsteady can be unnerving. Often it is a hard feeling to describe. What causes it to occur? How do you make it go away? Can you do...

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Fibromyalgia

What is going on with your body? One day you wake up and notice that body is hurting all over and can’t figure out why. Since you have stuff to do, you get up and go about your day. The next day, it’s the same. After a while, you realize that you have been having this...

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Health News January 2017

-Whole grains: what you need to know – TIME
-The surprising link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease – Los Angeles Times
-Conquering negative thinking – The New York Times
-Yes, it’s possible to dine out and eat a healthful meal. Here’s how. – The Washington Post

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Depression

Why don't you care anymore? Everyone feels unhappy at some point or another, but what happens when those feelings of sadness won’t go away? All of a sudden you are no longer interested in your normal activities. You have trouble doing day-to-day things. It can even...

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Health News December 2016

-Yoga has a surprising health benefit – TIME
-Hypertension an increasing concern among overweight, sedentary children – Miami Herald
-Scientists say the clock of aging may be reversible – The New York Times
-Sleep-deprived drivers have plenty in common with drunk drivers – The Washington Post

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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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Health News November 2016

-How to stop feeling guilty about everything – TIME
-​Every year of smoking causes DNA mutations that make cancer more likely – Los Angeles Times
-Want to look younger? Wearing sunscreen is a critical first step – Miami Herald
-Letting Children Always Win Is a Losing Strategy – The Wall Street Journal
-Pessimism may be bad for your heart – The New York Times

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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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Health News October 2016

-Blood pressure meds could raise your depression risk – CNN
-Why believing in miracles could be hazardous to your health – Chicago Tribune
-New Thinking on Concussion Treatment – The Wall Street Journal
-​What Keeps Kids Up at Night? Cellphones and Tablets – The New York Times
-Does eating your biggest meal at dinner make it harder to lose weight? – The Washington Post

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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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Health News September 2016

-In addition to fueling aggression, testosterone can also make men more generous – Los Angeles Time
-​Don’t leave the hospital until you know what comes next – Chicago Tribune
-Mosquitoes Are Deadly, So Why Not Kill Them All? – The Wall Street Journal
-​Brain Benefits of Exercise Diminish After Short Rest – The New York Times

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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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Health News August 2016

-​Genetic studies’ lack of diversity may lead to misdiagnosis, researchers say – The Wall Street Journal
-​A guide to help pregnant women reduce their Zika risk – The New York Times
-​Can a short, high-intensity workout replace your longer, more moderate routine? – The Washington Post

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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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Health News July 2016

-Caring for cuts, burns and scrapes: The rules have changed – Los Angeles Times
-​Helpless to prevent cancer? Actually quite a bit is in your control – The New York Times
-Don’t believe those who say smaller, more frequent meals will control appetite – The Washington Post

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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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Health News June 2016

-Giant colon goes on tour to promote cancer awareness – The Wall Street Journal
-Prescriptions drug abuse among older adults is harder to detect – The New York Times
-Why running is the perfect time for podcasts – The Washington Post

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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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Health News May 2016

-Should cellphones have warning labels? – The Wall Street Journal
-Worried? You’re not alone – The New York Times
-When it comes to fitness, grit counts more than genetics – The Washington Post

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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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Health News April 2016

-Should all teens be screened for depression? – The Wall Street Journal
-Loneliness may be bad for your heart – The New York Times
-Are those popular meal-kit delivery services actually good for you? – The Washington Post

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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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Health News March 2016

-The healing power of forgiveness – The Wall Street Journal
-​Study focuses on repeated hits, not concussions – The New York Times
-How to get kids to kick their sugar habit – The Washington Post

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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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Health News February 2016

-​Stress raises cholesterol more than you think – The Wall Street Journal
-HPV sharply reduced in teenage girls following vaccines, study says – The New York Times
-Tired of treadmills? Don’t underestimate the elliptical. – The Washington Post

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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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Health News January 2016

-Companies ponder a rating of workers’ health – The Wall Street Journal
-US becomes more vulnerable to tropical disease like Zika – The New York Times
-The eternal weight-loss question: exercise or diet? – The Washington Post

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