Vitamin D Deficiency

by Premier Health

Vitamin D is necessary to keep your body functioning correctly. It can be found in various foods, and your skin creates it by using sunlight. When your body cannot absorb vitamin D through food or sunlight, deficiency occurs.  Vitamin D has many functions, including keeping your bones strong, absorbing calcium, and working with the parathyroid…

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Part 1: What is Influenza?

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The virus can potentially cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to significant complications in those with comorbid conditions like asthma and COPD, and in those with compromised immune systems. Significant problems, including death, can also arise in the elderly and young…

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Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease( NAFLD): A Silent and Serious Epidemic

Fatty liver is a condition that is seen worldwide and is now the most common liver disorder in Western industrialized countries with a prevalence of more than 25%. It can be defined as the deposition of fat in the liver due to causes other than excessive alcohol use. What may increase your risk of developing…

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CBD Oil As a Medication

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Cannabidiol, colloquially known as CBD, is obtained from hemp in a Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp is the fiber of the cannabis plant, and it is not used as a recreational drug. While THC is the active chemical in marijuana and causes a high, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC. In 2018 a bill was…

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The Dangers of Vaping

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E-cigarette usage, also known as vaping, is a rising trend among ex-smokers and teenagers alike. Although it is marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarette usage, the dangers of vaping can be severe. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, 9 cases of severe pulmonary disease due to vaping have been reported.  Vaping is…

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Shingles

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Shingles is caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Varicella virus is highly contagious and spreads from infected blisters. Once the rash crusts over, you can no longer transmit the virus. Transmission can be reduced by covering the blisters or by staying away from other people during the time of your infection….

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Lightning Safety

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Lightning strikes the ground worldwide more than 8 million times per day. The odds of being struck by lightning are relatively low, however, it is important to know the proper precautions to take, because being struck can have severe consequences. Between 2003 and 2012, lightning strikes caused an average of 35 deaths per year.  Lightning…

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Hepatitis C

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It is estimated that 2.4 million people suffer from Hepatitis C in the United States. For some, Hepatitis C is a short-term, acute illness, but for 70% to 85% of sufferers, it develops into a long-term, chronic disease. Chronic Hepatitis C can result in serious health problems, some of which can be fatal. Hepatitis C…

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Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by exposure to the Hepatitis B virus. Many people worldwide are infected with Hepatitis B at birth or early on in childhood, but do not develop symptoms until much later. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with the virus, many of…

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Hepatitis A

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It is estimated that 2,800 people in the United States are infected with Hepatitis A virus, many of which do not know they have the disease. Hepatitis A is an acute illness, meaning it does not stay in your system long term. Those afflicted with the virus either get over the infection, or go on…

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