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Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters

We’re in the middle of flu season, so if you get sick and head to the doctor for help, you might assume you have the flu. But what if your doctor instead diagnoses you with “flu-like illness?” What is the difference between  the flu and flu-like illness? The flu is “a contagious respiratory illness caused …

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Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

It happens more often than you might think. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College …

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Dental Implant Surgery

More people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a long-term solution because they are imbedded in your jawbone – just like your natural teeth. They even go your natural teeth one better since they can’t develop cavities. Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental …

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The Withdrawal Method: What Are My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

Can I Get Pregnant If He Pulls Out? Can you get pregnant if he pulls out? The short answer is yes, you can. The pull-out method, also called the withdrawal method, is not a reliable way to prevent pregnancy. But it works better than doing nothing. And it can be an option for …

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Forgot to Take Your Birth Control Pill?

If you just missed one, take it as soon as you remember. If you don’t remember until the next day, go ahead and take 2 pills that day. If you forget to take your pills for 2 days, take 2 pills the day you remember and 2 pills the next …

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Birth Control and the IUD (Intrauterine Device)

If you’re looking into your options for birth control, one method you may want to think about is the IUD. They’re not for everyone, but today’s IUDs are considered both effective and safe for most women. And they’re also long-lasting. What Is an IUD? “IUD” stands for “intrauterine device.” Shaped like a …

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Winter Weather? How to Stay Safe

From frostbite to heart attacks, winter weather can create many potential health hazards. As a blizzard hits much of the eastern U.S.  and temps in the single digits and below zero cover much of the country, here are some tips to keep you safe, both indoors and out. Preventing Frostbite …

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Travelers’ Diarrhea: New Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment

Travelers’ Diarrhea: New Guidelines Travelers’ diarrhea is the most predictable travel-related illness and affects 30%-70% of international travelers, depending on destination, season of travel, and other factors.[1] Although most cases of travelers’ diarrhea are self-limited and mild to moderate in severity, diarrhea can limit a tourist’s itinerary or business activities. Consequently, …

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Early Bronchodilator Use Increases Heart Disease Risk in COPD

New use of long-term inhaled bronchodilators is associated with an early increase in the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the findings of a new study suggest. In a large observational study, the risk for CVD in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was increased approximately 1.5-fold during the first …

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Nerve-Transfer Surgery Improves Function in Paralyzed Hand

Transferring the C7 nerve from the nonparalyzed to the paralyzed side in patients with a stroke or other cerebral injury resulted in improved function and reduced spasticity in the affected arm, new research has shown. The study, led by Mou-Xiong Zheng, MD, PhD, Department of Hand Surgery, Huashan Hospital, and …

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