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Early Flu Symptoms: Common Warning Signs—and How to React

Early Flu Symptoms: Common Warning Signs—and How to React

Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the influenza virus, tens of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, it’s critically important to recognize the first symptoms of flu—and seek medical attention quickly. Waiting for

The Vaccines You Need to Protect Your Health

Did you get your flu shot this year? A majority of adults usually ignores the annual public health advisory to get a flu shot, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a seasonal influenza vaccine for almost everyone.

Some people say they don’t get the vaccine because

Training for Better Surgical Outcomes

Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s

Task Force Recommends Routine Alcohol Screening

Alcohol is so interwoven into our social lives that it can be easy to forget that overindulgence can have negative health implications, but alcohol misuse is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a recommendation urging

Viruses 101: A Guide to What’s Making You Ill

Viruses 101: A Guide to What’s Making You Ill

Welcome to the new season of America’s Got Viruses. From a common cold to Zika, viruses from all over the globe are competing to infect the highest number of host cells. While some viruses are mild, gifting us with symptoms like a runny nose and sore throat (we feel you,

How Long Does the Flu Last?

How Long Does the Flu Last?

We all dread the day when we hear that the flu is going around—and then start to feel the first strains cropping up somewhere in our body. Every time you sneeze, cough, or feel a tingle in your throat, you wonder, “Is it my turn?” If and when you do

ER Insider: Pushing Back on Antibiotics Overkill

ER Insider: Pushing Back on Antibiotics Overkill

“Can I have antibiotics just to clean up this cough?” That’s a question I am asked on an almost daily basis in the Emergency Room at White Plains Hospital in New York. I see 15 to 20 patients each day, and sometimes 30 or more if I’m working the “Fast

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