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6 Signs You May Have More Than ‘Just a Cold’

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

We all know a cold is no more serious than a miserable week of snots and sneezes courtesy of a viral bug. So, there’s no need to go to the doctor over a cold, right? Well, that depends. If it really is just a cold, you should be fine with plenty of R&R, some over-the-counter helpers and hot liquids, but what if there is something more serious at the heart of your symptoms? Several conditions that may require prescriptions can mimic cold symptoms, such as a sinus infection, bronchitis (whic .......

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A Look at Acute Bronchitis

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Bronchitis is a common respiratory condition which can cause temporary or chronic illness. Most people will develop acute bronchitis at some point in their lives. Let’s look at the in’s and outs of bronchitis: What is Bronchitis? Bronchitis is a condition marked by inflammation of the lining of the airways (bronchial tubes). Bronchitis triggers the production of more mucus in the airways which leads to a productive cough. It is usually acute (comes on quickly and intensely but only lasts for .......

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Do You Know Enough About HPV?

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. So much so, that the vast majority of sexually active men and women will contract it at some point during their lives. Most times the virus does not cause lasting health problems, but certain strains of the virus can cause genital warts or cancer so it is important to know the facts and get regular check-ups and pap smears to detect any abnormal developments. HPV Fast Facts More than half of .......

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What Contributes to Thyroid Dysfunction?

Written by Courteney

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 1:54 am

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck (below the Adam’s apple) that produces the triiodothyronine and thyroxine hormones. These hormones help regulate many functions within the body including metabolism, heart rate, growth and reproductive processes. A whopping 20 million Americans will develop some type of thyroid condition at some point in their lifetimes, more women being affected than men. There are various disorders that cause this gland to malfunction, .......

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What is Diverticulitis?

Written by Courteney

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 1:38 am

Diverticulosis is an intestinal condition whereby diverticula (small pouches) form in weak spots lining the wall of the large intestine. Diverticulitis is a potentially serious complication of diverticulosis that occurs when these pouches become inflamed or infected. Diverticulosis pouches are usually only a few millimetres big. Most diverticulitis infections occur when partially digested food particles become trapped in a diverticulum. The pouches commonly form in the sigmoid colon (in the low .......

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QUIZ – What’s Your Flu IQ?

Written by Courteney

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 1:35 am

How much do you know about the differences between a cold and influenza? Let’s find out. Take a look at the statements below – are they true or false? Try to give the quiz a shot before looking at the answers below. You can write “T or F” for each number on a piece of paper and check your answers at the end. No scrolling down! The flu sh .......

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What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

Written by Courteney

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Raynaud’s is a blood vessel disorder that causes more rapid, responsive and extreme vasoconstriction when exposed to cold. It primarily targets the blood vessels in the fingertips and toes, often changing the color of the affected areas. There are two types of Raynaud’s: primary, which has no underlying condition triggering it and s .......

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Frequently Asked Questions About AIDS (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm

AIDS is a life-threatening devastating condition that has claimed nearly 35 million lives worldwide since the first outbreak decades ago. Luckily, because of medical advancements, the prognosis for people with HIV and AIDS is much better than ever before. We looked at what AIDS is and how it can be spread in Part 1, now for .......

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Frequently Asked Questions about AIDS (Part 1)

Written by Courteney

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 1:18 am

HIV/AIDS has caused over 35 million deaths globally since the virus first surfaced. The CDC estimates about 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and what’s more is that 1 out of 8 of those infected don’t even know it. Because of this, AIDS awareness and screening is vitally important. What is AIDS? Acquired i .......

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Epilepsy Awareness

Written by Courteney

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 1:45 am

Epilepsy is a complex and prevalent neurological disorder marked by abnormal brain activity, recurrent seizures and other sensory disturbances. Let’s take a closer look: Epilepsy is a shockingly common condition, striking approximately 1 in every 100 Americans with nearly 150,000 new diagnoses each year. Anyone can .......

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