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  • Is Vaping Less Harmful Than Smoking Cigarettes?

    Tobacco companies are well aware that conventional cigarette smoking isn’t as popular as it once was. Enter: the “vape.” While it is well-known that smoking cigarettes harms nearly every bodily organ, and leads to more than 7 million deaths worldwide every year , vaping is still a question mark for many. Is it harmful? Is it safe? Almost everyone is aware that cigarettes are dangerous, as they ...
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  • What Are Healthy Gut Bacteria?

    When you hear the term “bacteria,” you may immediately think it is something to be avoided. Not so fast! Yes, bacteria on the outside of your body should often be avoided, as it can cause serious infections, those found inside the body can actually protect against it. Although bacteria still catches a bad rep, you may not be aware these tiny microbes found in your stomach and intestines can ...
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  • Understanding End-of-Life Care

    Each story is different when it comes to how our lives end. For some, death comes suddenly and with little to no warning, and others may linger and gradually fade. Some elderly people face a weakening body, while their mind is still alert. On the other side of the coin, some remain physically fit, yet they are cognitively impaired. End-of-life care describes the emotional support and medical care ...
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  • Why You Should Wear Compression Stockings on Long Flights

    You’ve been looking forward to that vacation for months, and you made sure to pack everything just so. You got your travel insurance, any necessary vaccinations, picked up the essential supplies, and you double checked that you had packed everything. After all, if you want to enjoy your getaway without having to worry about a thing, it takes some advanced planning. However, your plans might be ...
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  • Is it Psoriasis or Eczema?

    Have dry, scaly skin woes? Maybe an itchy rash? A simple online search may give you dozens of answers as to what could be causing your skin condition. Two possible culprits for red, itchy skin are psoriasis and eczema. Many people can’t tell the difference between the two with the naked eye alone, but psoriasis and eczema have distinct causes and treatments. The Basic Differences Between Psoriasis ...
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  • Herd Immunity and Why You Should Vaccinate

    Health authorities urge the public to vaccinate because the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely communicable diseases are to spread or return to a typically unaffected population. Being vaccinated protects more than just the patient being immunized. In fact, being properly vaccinated cuts the risk of catching a contagious disease for everyone else around you, including your family, ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between a Cold Sore and a Canker Sore?

    Some use the terms “cold sore” and “canker sore” interchangeably, but they are not the same. While both are pesky and painful mouth sores and seem to appear spontaneously, this is where the similarities between the two end. What Are Cold Sores? Cold sores, also called fever blisters or the herpes simplex virus I (HSV-1), are a viral infection. Infections generally appear outside the mouth or on ...
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  • Good Nutrition: Why It’s More than Counting Calories and Carbs

    Most of us instantly recognize the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but not everyone is aware it has been defunct since 2005 . In fact, those nutritional guidelines were later viewed as flawed, hard to follow, and lacking appropriate nutritional balance. Also, the chart made no differentiation between types of grains, proteins, dairy, fruits, and ...
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  • What Ever Happened to the Food Pyramid?

    Many of us who were of reading age in the year 1992 remember the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid. The classic pyramid image of dividing grains, dairy, meats, fruits, vegetables, and items that should be eaten only sparingly at the tip-top of the pyramid became engrained in the American public’s minds. People complained about the fact that the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid ...
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  • What Is the Most Effective Form or Method of Birth Control?

    Primary Care Associates of Texas wants you to be healthy and strong, and that includes practicing safer sex and knowing your birth control options for optimum wellness. Whether you have never had a child, or you’ve conceived before but are not looking to grow your family at the moment, you have plenty of options for birth control. However, it’s worth noting that not all forms of birth control are ...
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  • How Often Should I Be Tested for STDs?

    It’s something everyone should take seriously: sexual health. In fact, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases are diagnosed every year. This means you are at high risk of contracting an infection or virus if you have unsafe sex (sex without a condom), especially with multiple partners. If you are sexually active, ...
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  • The Importance of Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

    Do you know about the profound impact sleep has on mental and physical health, as well as overall quality of life? By good sleeping habits, also called sleep hygiene, you can improve your health, mood, and daytime productivity. The term “sleep hygiene,” according to the National Sleep Foundation , is a variety of habits you can incorporate into your routine to achieve better sleep quality and ...
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  • Over-the-Counter Medications to Avoid While Pregnant

    As you prepare for the arrival of your new son or daughter, you are likely wondering whether you should change your medication regimen. Keep in mind that there are a wide variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that may increase your child’s risk of injury, birth defects, or developmental issues, and it is imperative to their wellbeing that you talk to your doctor about which medications to ...
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  • Signs You May Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are your bowel movements a persistent source of discomfort, embarrassment, and pain? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is also commonly referred to as a spastic colon. Many people with IBS experience severe abdominal pain and other forms of gastric uneasiness so intense that they take a tolls on affected persons’ work, social lives, and ...
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  • Do I Have a Gluten Allergy?

    Potential Signs You May Have a Gluten Allergy Now more than ever, there is a heightened awareness of gluten intolerance, and there are many gluten-free alternatives for people who are allergic. However, many people aren’t able to enjoy the benefits of removing gluten from their diet because they simply don’t know they have an allergy, leaving them to suffer painful symptoms, which may include: ...
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