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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

How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up

Sorting Dementia Facts from Myths

An estimated 50 million people around the world have dementia, with millions of new cases diagnosed every year. But for a condition that affects so many people, it is one that remains largely misunderstood. Sorting through dementia facts and myths can be confusing, but it’s a worthwhile effort if you

Got GERD or Frequent Heartburn? Ease Your Symptoms Without Drugs

If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or esomeprazole (Nexium) to keep your heartburn and other symptoms under control. However, evidence is mounting that PPIs can have serious side effects (see What You

5. Treatments for Depression

The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to

Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning

A recent widespread outbreak of food poisoning underlines the fact that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States. In all, 172 people had been affected by the time the outbreak began winding down in May. They contracted a particularly virulent form of E.

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:

Poor posture: This is a major risk factor

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but it can be life-threatening for older adults, young children, and people whose immune systems are compromised by disease or medications. The good news is that there is an effective pneumonia vaccine available to fight it. In fact, according to the Centers

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