Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

It is important to determine if your infection is caused by strep, as antibiotics are prescribed to decrease the chance of complications. Potential complications of untreated strep throat infection include middle ear infection (otitis media) , sinus infection (sinusitis), pneumonia, meningitis, kidney disease, and rheumatic fever. Of these, rheumatic fever and kidney disease are of most … Continue reading Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

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Zika Virus: What You Should know

  What is Zika? Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms includes mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache and normally last for 2-7 days. There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also … Continue reading Zika Virus: What You Should know

World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the liver from viral infection or toxic substances. Hepatitis is a global killer, which claims the lives of 1.4 million per year, more than HIV/AIDs or malaria.  Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally. Every year 6–10 million people are newly infected. An estimated 95% of … Continue reading World Hepatitis Day

Insomnia: Symptoms & Treatment

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you fall asleep. Insomnia could result … Continue reading Insomnia: Symptoms & Treatment

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) & Prevention Tips

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body.   The urine is normally sterile. An infection occurs when bacteria get into the urine and begin to grow. The infection usually starts at the opening of … Continue reading Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) & Prevention Tips

What is Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension, also referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition that results from an increased force of blood moving through your arteries from your heart, which pushes against the walls of the arteries. The higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump. Hypertension can lead to damaged organs, as well as several illnesses, … Continue reading What is Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Gout: A Painful Form of Arthritis

Gout is a painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis. The first symptoms usually are intense episodes of painful swelling in single joints, most often in the feet, especially the big toe. The swollen site may be red and warm. Causes Gout occurs when excess uric acid collects in the body, and needle‐like urate crystals deposit … Continue reading Gout: A Painful Form of Arthritis

Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a set of related diseases in which the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar (specifically, glucose) in the blood. The blood delivers glucose to provide the body with energy to perform all of a person's daily activities. The liver converts the food a person eats into glucose. The glucose is then … Continue reading Diabetes: What You Need to Know