Healthy Winter Eating Habits

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by Macayla Mack Curb Your Carb Craving! The colder season tends to ignite our cravings for more carbs and comfort foods. To counter this, eat protein-packed breakfasts to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Be sure to have low-fat and healthy snacks on hand as well! Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids! Omega 3…

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Common Cold Prevention

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Many illnesses wreak havoc on the population in the winter, and the common cold is no exception. According to the CDC, adults get colds an average of 2-3 times per year, and that number is even higher in children. The common cold is caused by coronaviruses and rhinoviruses, and it is the most common infectious…

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Part 3 Influenza: How Is It Diagnosed And Treated?

Not every patient requires testing to determine whether or not they have Influenza. It can be diagnosed by clinical presentation of symptoms. However, other viral illnesses can cause similar symptoms, so there are numerous tests available. Testing is done primarily for patients who present certain risk factors. Rapid influenza tests are done in medical offices,…

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Part 2: Influenza – Who Is At Risk & How To Prevent It

Everyone is at risk for getting influenza, but there are groups more at risk for complications: Elderly patients (65+), pregnant women, young children, asthmatics, and patients with COPD, coronary artery disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems, as well as those with other chronic health conditions that may make one susceptible to illness. Prevention: Vaccination is…

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Vitamin D Deficiency

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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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