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Topic: Health Facts

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

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

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 InsuranceQuotes.com found that the item with the most germs is actually the clipboard pen used to sign paperwork.

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

January 05, 2019

Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out.

E-cigarette users’ pee contains more heavy metals as well as signs of exposure to carcinogens and other irritating chemicals than the pee of non-vapers, hinting that the habit might come with serious health risks. At the same time, vapers who switched completely from cigarettes still had lower levels of these substances in their urine than their smoking peers, new research says.

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Topics: Health Facts, health care

December 19, 2018

Can laughter cure cancer or defeat the common cold?

As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine—but for what? Can laughter cure cancer or defeat the common cold? Can laughing fix erectile dysfunction? Hmm, probably not.

Laughter really is good (if not the best) medicine for a range of ailments, from chronic pain to improved cardiovascular function.

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Topics: Health Facts, Skilled Nursing Facilities, online doctor

December 18, 2018

Experts say playing golf can extend your life

Reuters Health News | October 22, 2018

 

Playing golf is associated with better strength and balance, a sharper mind, a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life, according to public health experts who say more people should take up the sport.

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Topics: Health Facts