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Rapid Strep Test

Rapid Strep Test

What is a rapid strep test? The rapid strep test is a quick and accurate diagnostic tool used to determine whether or not strep bacteria are present in the patient’s throat. The same test may be used to evaluate for the presence of Streptococci in other infected areas (for example, perianal infection in either gender, […]

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Swine Flu

Swine Flu

Is it possible to prevent swine flu if the swine flu vaccine (or other flu strain vaccines) is not readily available? Although vaccination is the best way to prevent the swine flu, there may be times in the future when the swine flu vaccine may not be available. There are no shortages of the trivalent […]

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What is an HIV viral load?

What is an HIV viral load?

Viral load refers to the amount of HIV in a person’s blood. HIV treatments aim to reduce the viral load until the virus is no longer detectable, which mean it is also untransmittable. In this article, we discuss what viral load means for people living with HIV and their partners, the links between viral load […]

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Causes of mouth sores in people with HIV

Causes of mouth sores in people with HIV

Mouth sores, also known as ulcers, are a common symptom of HIV. Mouth sores can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life if they do not get treatment. People living with HIV are more likely to develop oral health problems because the virus can weaken the immune system, which makes it harder […]

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What is the link between HIV and shingles?

What is the link between HIV and shingles?

Shingles is a common condition. People with compromised immune systems are more likely to experience shingles, and this includes some people with HIV. In this article, we look at the link between shingles and HIV, possible complications, and treatments. How are shingles and HIV related? A person with HIV can lower their risk of developing […]

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What to know about a fever and HIV

What to know about a fever and HIV

One of the earliest indications of an HIV infection can be a fever. A fever in early-stage HIV infection may be a symptom of the virus rapidly multiplying in the body. A fever usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks of exposure to the virus. Sometimes, a person may mistake a fever and other symptoms […]

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Screen time disrupts sleep by resetting internal clocks

Screen time disrupts sleep by resetting internal clocks

Recent research has uncovered how light-sensitive cells in the eye can reset the internal clock when exposed to light. The light from our smartphones may affect our retinal cells, disrupting our circadian rhythms. The discovery could help explain why prolonged exposure to light that is out of sync with a person’s natural, or circadian, rhythm […]

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Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Fairy lights are gracing the shop windows and Michael Bublé is dominating the airwaves with his rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” The holiday season is well and truly in full swing. Taking some time for yourself can do wonders for easing holiday stress. “Are you all set for the holidays?” I’ve been asked this question three […]

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Regular exercise can keep the body decades younger

Regular exercise can keep the body decades younger

In a new study involving people over 70 who have exercised regularly for years, scientists discovered that the participants’ hearts, lungs, and muscles were in equivalent shape to those of people in their 40s. Regular exercise could help keep the body young, new research shows. Researchers from the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University […]

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Exercise may prevent heart attacks in otherwise healthy people

Exercise may prevent heart attacks in otherwise healthy people

New research published in the European Heart Journal suggests that even people with no signs of cardiovascular disease should exercise to prevent a heart attack. Cardiorespiratory fitness can be a predictor of future problems, warn the researchers. Even fit and healthy people should exercise regularly to keep heart disease at bay. Heart disease remains the […]