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Common infections during pregnancy

Common infections during pregnancy

During pregnancy, people may worry more about contracting infections and how they might affect the developing baby. Vaginal infections, including yeast infections, are common during pregnancy and are usually not a cause for concern. Uterine infections may produce more complications, however. This article looks at common infections during pregnancy, how they might affect the baby, […]

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Everything you need to know about aspiration pneumonia

Everything you need to know about aspiration pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia is a type of pneumonia that might occur if a person breathes something in instead of swallowing it. The germs from food particles, saliva, vomit, or other substances may infect the airways and lead to aspiration pneumonia. In this article, learn about the causes and risk factors of aspiration pneumonia, as well as […]

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Could ‘dog flu’ be the next pandemic?

Could ‘dog flu’ be the next pandemic?

Both swine flu and bird flu created a stir in recent years. Now, a new threat may be on the horizon. A new study demonstrates that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to canines. Canine influenza viruses are growing in number. Usually, influenza pandemics are sparked when a virus jumps from birds to pigs, […]

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How do I know if I have a cold or sinusitis?

How do I know if I have a cold or sinusitis?

A cold can give a person a stuffed and runny nose and make them feel run down. These symptoms could also suggest a sinus infection – so which is it? The symptoms often overlap, so it can be difficult to recognize each condition. Rhinitis is the term for a cold, while sinusitis is a sinus […]

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The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?

The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?

The common cold has defied medical science for millennia; it has outfoxed both our immune system and the pharmaceutical industry. However, according to a new study, help may soon be at hand. We all know the misery of the common cold. The appropriately named common cold strikes the average adult two to three times per […]

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What should you eat when you are sick?

What should you eat when you are sick?

When a person is sick, they may find it difficult to develop an appetite. However, it is important to receive nourishment and stay hydrated, especially when feeling unwell. Different types of food can combat different types of illness. A person with a sore throat may benefit from foods that would not help someone who feels […]

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What causes a chronic cough?

What causes a chronic cough?

Coughing is a routine bodily function, but when it lasts for an extended time, it can get in the way of everyday life and be worrying. A chronic cough can be wet and produce phlegm or dry and tickle the throat. A chronic cough is when a cough lasts longer than 8 weeks in adults […]

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What causes mucus in the chest?

What causes mucus in the chest?

Inflammation and a buildup of mucus in the chest can cause unpleasant symptoms like wheezing, sleep difficulties, and a sore throat. Congestion is also often accompanied by a cough that brings up phlegm. Some mucus in the chest is normal, and having excess mucus from occasionally is usually not a cause for concern. However, if […]

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How much menthol does it take to overdose?

How much menthol does it take to overdose?

Cough drops can be helpful for a sore throat or a nagging cough. In general, cough drops cannot cause an overdose and are safe to use. Their active ingredient, menthol, can result in an overdose in extremely high amounts, but these are hard to get from eating even large quantities of cough drops. These candy-like […]

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Why you should choose your plane seat wisely

Why you should choose your plane seat wisely

Have you ever woken up with a nasty cold the day after a flight? Airplane environments are notorious for the transmission of viral infections. Fear not, though; a new study elucidates the most common trajectories for germ transmission on an aircraft. What puts us at risk of catching a viral disease when flying, and how […]