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Topic: Health Facts

February 14, 2019

How The Flu Spreads And How A Virtual Online Doctor Is The Right Choice

Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

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Topics: cold treatment, Health Facts, Influenza

February 11, 2019

Sleep Deprivation May Exacerbate These Serious Health Conditions

Different individuals require different amounts of sleep to remain healthy, with no set time applying to every adult. For instance, some people—including President Trump—claim to need only 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night, while others—such as former president Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson—require about 6 hours per night to feel rested. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who feel that no amount of sleep is sufficient, and aim to get as much shut-eye as possible.

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Topics: Health Facts, Insomnia

February 02, 2019

Here’s How Your Smartphone Is Hurting Your Health

When you hear terms like “smartphone addiction” or “digital dependency,” you probably conjure up a mental picture of teenagers with their heads bent over their devices. But it’s a stereotype that’s not entirely accurate. True, teens are using smartphones more than ever, but adults are too—even more than teenagers.

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Topics: Osteoarthritis, When to use telemedicine, Arthritis, talk to a doctor online, Health Facts

January 30, 2019

Seeing a Virtual Online Doctor Can Save You From Getting Frostbite

Hard, Cold Facts About Frostbite

When the weather outside is frigid, do you know how to protect yourself from frostbite?

"It takes only minutes for exposed skin to become frostbitten if the temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing at 20 miles per hour or more," Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa, spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in a news release issued by the academy. "Your hands, fingers, feet, toes and ears are especially susceptible, so you need to take special care protecting them."

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Topics: online doctor, health care, virtual doctor consultation, doc in a box, online doctor consultation, Health Facts

January 27, 2019

Researchers Find a New Treatment for the Common Cold and Flu

For cold and flu-like symptoms, most consumers take over-the-counter medicines, while clinicians can prescribe antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu. But none of these is a silver bullet against the common cold or flu. Now, researchers have shown that elderberry syrup—a remedy as old as folklore—substantially reduces both symptom severity and symptom duration for colds and flu.

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Topics: cold treatment, Health Facts, News and Events

January 18, 2019

1 in 4 US antibiotics may be inappropriately prescribed

A recent analysis provides more evidence that inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is common in the US. Researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA; and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, analyzed prescription data on 19.2 million people.

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Topics: online doctor, health care, online healthcare programs, virtual doctor consultation, online doctor consultation, cold treatment, talk to a doctor online, Health Facts

January 13, 2019

Sexual health experts debunk impossible myths about getting "Random" STI's

Warped ideas about the scary ways people can contract a sexually transmitted infection abound. There’s the notion that you can get an STI from a toilet seat, the myth that an STI is always a sign of an unfaithful partner, and the nerve-wracking fear that STIs can emerge “randomly.” The worst part about these myths isn’t that they’re false — it’s that they obscure the real problems about STI transmission.

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Topics: When to use telemedicine, health care, online doctor consultation, talk to a doctor online, Health Facts

January 12, 2019

Giving up alcohol for just 1 month has lasting benefits

Many of us will have enjoyed numerous glasses of wine, beer, champagne, or other alcoholic beverages over the winter holidays. Thus, in January, we may feel the need to take a break from alcohol. An alcohol-free month is the best choice we could possibly make for our health, British researchers conclude.

Dry January is an initiative of the charity organization Alcohol Change United Kingdom, which encourages people to try giving up alcohol for 1 month at the start of the year.

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Topics: health care, Health Facts

January 12, 2019

This Is the Filthiest Item in Your Doctor’s Office

The dirtiest thing in your doctor's office probably isn't what you think. Here's just how gross it is, and how to avoid it and why you should choose a online doctor consult. 

Doctor visits should help us beat the common cold, prevent health issues, and generally keep us well. But beyond sick people coughing and sneezing in the waiting room are germs in places you never knew. In fact, new research conducted by found that the item with the most germs is actually the clipboard pen used to sign paperwork.

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Topics: online healthcare programs, online doctor consultation, talk to a doctor online, Health Facts