A Basic Checklist For Getting the Attention You Need in the Emergency Room

While TV shows make emergency room scenarios seem fast-paced, real-life visits to the ER may involve a surprising amount of waiting. Between wait times and slow treatments, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average patient spends a full two hours in the emergency room. During that time, many patients feel all but invisible. Doctors may be too rushed and too frenzied to respond appropriately to their concerns. This is no time to give up, however. The following tips will help you gain the attention you so desperately need at this critical time: Don’t Minimize…

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What to Know About the 2019 Flu Season

Recent Flu Seasons The past two flu seasons have been particularly bad. The flu vaccine last year had an effective prevention rate of only 29%. This was caused by an unfortunate surprise in the late half of the season. A new strain, H3N2, began rapidly infecting people late in season, showing one of the problems with managing the influenza virus. Vaccines only protect against a specific strain of the flu virus. Additionally, the vaccine takes a relatively long amount of time to prepare, so any deviant strains that appear in a given flu season can wreak havoc. Predictions for this…

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Athletes Should Be Cautious of What’s In Their Workout Supplements

Workout supplements are touted to give athletes an edge in their training and exercise, allowing them to bulk up faster or have more energy when exercising. The popularity and use of workout supplements has grown in the past decade. For many they are vital to keeping in top shape. However, exercise supplements are not required to be tested or approved by the FDA and could not only impede your exercise routine, but could pose serious risks to your health. Supplements: Good or Bad? Unsafe and illegal supplements, such as anabolic steroids, can cause severe health problems including elevated blood pressure,…

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What Is the Gut Microbiome — And Why Does It Require Protection?

The gut is a buzz word in modern health and wellness circles, with many insisting that the microbes found in our gut influence nearly every aspect of our health. This topic has prompted significant confusion, but preliminary research indicates that the gut microbiome has an important role to play. Below, we separate fact from fiction with a detailed explanation of the gut microbiome — and why it’s worth protecting. What Is the Gut Microbiome? Sometimes referred to as the gut flora, the gut microbiome or microbiota consists of the many microorganisms that reside in our digestive tracts. These microbes can…

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Surprising Back to School Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Back to school season should be a time of excitement, but many parents suffer significant stress as their kids move on to another year in the classroom. Much of this stress is warranted, as today’s schools pose multiple dangers — a few of which are outlined below: School Shootings While school shootings are not as common as media reports may have us believe, fear is rampant among today’s students and parents. Preparation can help ease this anxiety. Prior to sending your kid back to school, learn as much as you can about the facility’s violence prevention and emergency response policies….

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Keeping Track of Your Medications When You Have More Than One Illness Or Condition

Today’s Americans take more medications, vitamins, and supplements than past generations. A Consumer Reports survey reveals that the average American who uses prescription drugs takes four each day. If taken at the wrong time or under the wrong circumstances, however, these medications can prove dangerous. Thankfully, a variety of new apps and devices ease the hassle of managing multiple prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs. Top options are highlighted below: Make the Most of Your Mobile Device Set alarms on your phone to remind you when to take various medications throughout the day. Better yet, download a medication management app. These offer…

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The Largest E-Cigarette Company Is Under Fire for its Contributions to a Teen Health Crisis

Recently, 14 teenagers were hospitalized due to breathing problems linked with e-cigarettes. This comes at a time when JUUL, the largest e-cigarette manufacturer, is under scrutiny for its role in the teen vaping health crisis. In recent years, e-cigarette use has exploded among teens and adolescents prompting concern about a potential public health crisis. Some members of Congress want to hold JUUL accountable for what they allege is unethical business practices that target young people and minors. Here is a broad overview of vaping, JUUL, and recent trends around teens and e-cigarette use. Widespread Teenage E-Cigarette Use Over 20% of…

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Preventing Tick-Borne Bacterial Infections Like Lyme Disease

Tick-borne pathogens infect thousands of people each year, causing diseases that range in severity from a mild inconvenience to a serious, life-threatening condition. The most common tick borne pathogen is Lyme disease, which affects an estimated 300,000 people per year. Disease-carrying ticks are found across the US, but Lyme disease is most prevalent in the Northeast and Midwest. Ticks can turn a pleasant walk in nature to a serious threat to one’s health–knowing how to avoid tick bites and spot ticks is essential for anyone who spends even a small amount of time in nature. Ticks and Disease in Nature…

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The Amazing Power of the Coronary Heart Artery Calcium Test

As the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease looms large in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that this condition is often entirely preventable. An early understanding of risk factors is critical — hence the importance of coronary calcium tests. How Coronary Calcium Tests Work Coronary calcium tests harness the power of computed tomography (CT) scanners. These machines take several pictures of thin sections of the heart, ultimately combining to form a view capable of revealing specks of calcium situated in the arteries. Known as calcifications, these specks form one of…

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Children At Significant Risk of Contracting Contagious Diseases at Petting Zoos

When parents show their children animals, the first thought on a parent’s mind is usually safety. Since barnyard animals are usually harmless and are loved by young children, petting zoos are popular destinations for family outings in some areas. But, parents should consider the threat posed by animal-borne pathogens at petting zoos and other similar activities. Regular Outbreaks The danger posed by exposure to pathogens found in petting zoos was highlighted recently with the death of a two-year-old, who died after he and three other children contracted E. coli at a petting zoo near San Diego. Outbreaks like these occur…

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