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Pneumonia: What You Need to Know

Pneumonia: What You Need to Know

With a brutal cold and flu season fresh in our minds, there’s increased attention and awareness on preventing and treating pneumonia, which can affect both children and adults with immune systems already weakened by viral infection. People with chronic health conditions or those who have undergone recent surgeries or lengthy

Foodborne Illness: How to Reduce Risk

Each year, one in six Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food. In the spring of 2018, people across the United States and Canada began falling ill with common food poisoning symptoms: diarrhea, stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. In the following months, nearly 200 people became ill, and five people

5 Aloe Vera Uses That Benefit Your Health

5 Aloe Vera Uses That Benefit Your Health

For thousands of years, humans have used the aloe vera plant in various ways—as a wound and burn dressing, as an embalming fluid, and as a beauty aid to help keep the skin soft. And in the U.S., the plant, which is thought to have originated in Egypt and the

Water Filtration Starts at the Municipal Level

Water Filtration Starts at the Municipal Level

More and more people are concerned that tap water isn’t safe so they’re choosing instead to purchase bottled water, believing it has been through “water filtration” and is therefore safer to drink. Maybe. Water filtration isn’t a cut-and-dried process, and bottled water isn’t necessarily the safest choice.

Many methods

Hand Hygiene Is Key to Preventing the Spread of Infection

Hand Hygiene Is Key to Preventing the Spread of Infection

Hand hygiene probably isn’t something you think about on a daily basis—it’s an automatic action for most us—but it’s an important part of keeping your body healthy. Practically everything we touch contains bacteria, viruses, and other harmful germs, which can transfer to our hands and cause any number of illnesses

OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to engage in repeated behaviors or rituals (compulsions). OCD will affect 2.3 percent of adults in their lifetime. Research by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) revealed that approximately 1.2 percent

Hair-Loss Treatment: Rogaine to the Rescue?

Hair-Loss Treatment: Rogaine to the Rescue?

Looking for a hair-loss treatment? Your most reliable and least-expensive first step is a consultation with a dermatologist. A mind-blowing number of thinning hair and hair-loss remedies are available, but the supporting research tends to not be peer-reviewed or duplicated by an uninvolved third party—two important criteria for judging research

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