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Strange Medical Case: Hiccups Reveal Bigger Health Issue

Strange Medical Case: Hiccups Reveal Bigger Health Issue
The hiccups can be frustrating, especially when you try all of the “usual” cures – like holding your breath or having someone scare you – and they still won’t disappear. Sometimes, people have the hiccups for more than two days, called intractable hiccups. If that isn’t annoying […]

Does Sitting Too Close to the TV or Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Eyes?

Does Sitting Too Close to the TV or Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Eyes?
“Don’t sit so close to the TV! You’ll ruin your eyes!” Many of us have grown up hearing that line, whether we were enthralled by a certain program or intensely trying to beat a video game level. For the most […]

When is my Illness or Injury Considered an Emergency?

When is my Illness or Injury Considered an Emergency?
When you suddenly don’t feel well, or aren’t sure if you have a more significant injury, it can be difficult to determine what you should treat as an emergency situation and what could be remedied with a simple doctor visit. Unfortunately, many of these questionable problems […]

Winter Skin Issues: What to Treat at Home & When to See a Doctor

Winter Skin Issues: What to Treat at Home & When to See a Doctor
The cold temperatures mixed with the heat indoors can wreak havoc on your skin. This combination can make your skin feel uncomfortably tight and itchy, which can, for some, lead to flaking, painful cracking and eczema. For some, dry skin can […]

Avoiding Germs this Holiday Season

Avoiding Germs this Holiday Season
Germs are everywhere, and with the holiday season, they can feel as if they are unavoidable, from cramped airplanes or buses during travel to hugging all those friends and family at parties. The holidays conveniently fall in the middle of cold and flu season, and it seems as though almost […]

Holiday Health Myths & Facts

Holiday Health Myths & Facts
With the holidays come many new cautions regarding health and safety, from poinsettias to jet lag and hangover cures. But are they all really true? You’ll be surprised at what has been found as fact vs. fiction:

Are Poinsettias Dangerous? While these plants do have some low toxicity, they have […]

AIDS Awareness Month

AIDS Awareness Month
December is AIDS Awareness Month, and this year, World AIDS Day on December 1st kicked off with the goal of “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” Although HIV infections and AIDS diagnoses have been declining, awareness is extremely important as “more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with […]

Make Your Doctor Proud: Ways to Prevent Heart Disease & Hypertension

Make Your Doctor Proud: Ways to Prevent Heart Disease & Hypertension
Nothing makes a doctor happier than a patient who takes control of his or her health in order to help prevent major illness or disease. While making lifestyle changes may not be a failsafe against all diseases and conditions, they can help lower several […]

Did That Really Happen? Strange Medical Cases

Did That Really Happen? Strange Medical Cases
Throughout the centuries, medical advancements and various studies have revealed some strange, often very rare, diseases and conditions. Some of these are so rare, in fact, 100 people or less have ever been known to be afflicted. Below are two examples of such medical rarities from CNN Health.

Aquagenic […]

Can the Flu Shot Really Make You Get the Flu?

Can the Flu Shot Really Make You Get the Flu?
While no one enjoys getting the flu, it seems many people prefer taking the risk of infection over vaccination, with only 41.7% of adults aged 18 years and older receiving the flu vaccine in the 2015-16 season according to the CDC. The flu can be […]