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    LGBTQ Mental Health Issues

    LGBTQ teens and young adults are at a greater risk for poor mental health… unprotected sex). Much of this is due to the stigma associated with being LGBTQ. LGBTQ teens and young adults fear not being accepted by family, friends, teachers, co-workers, their religious community,…

  • a tick sits on a leaf

    Babesiosis

    Babesiosis is a red blood cell infection caused by a parasite carried by deer ticks. Most infections happen in the… occur, they are often similar to symptoms of the flu: Fever (as high as 104°F) Chills Sweating Weakness Fatigue Joint and muscle aches Loss of…

  • illustration of human anatomy with a close-up of the spleen

    Splenectomy

    A splenectomy is the surgical removal of your spleen… ruptured or enlarged spleen A cyst or abscess A blood clot Cirrhosis of the liver Cancer that affects the spleen Sickle cell anemia Some diseases or disorders of blood cells Trauma  How is the spleen removed?…

  • Woman sitting on a couch holding stomach in pain

    Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)

    Gastroenteritis is a medical term for a stomach virus. Many people call it the stomach flu. It can strike anyone… death. Symptoms of a stomach virus Common symptoms include: Stomach pain Nausea and vomiting Loss of appetite Diarrhea Fever Headache and body aches What causes…

  • An ill young woman with a fever holds an ice bag on her head while resting in bed. A cold and the flu are viral infections that affect the respiratory system.

    Colds and the Flu

    Learn about the symptoms of and treatments for colds and the flu… symptoms include: Fever up to 102°F Runny or stuffy nose Green or yellow nasal discharge Sore throat Cough Sneezing Feeling tired Muscle aches Headache Watery eyes Symptoms develop slowly Symptoms are mild Flu…

  • Male doctor and testicular cancer patient are discussing about testicular cancer test report.

    Testicular Cancer

    Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in young and middle-aged white men, but it can be treated… The most common sign of testicular cancer is a hard, painless lump on the testicle. Other symptoms include: Pain or a dull ache in your…

  • A new mother sitting down while holding her baby in her arms

    Circumcision

    Circumcision is a procedure where the foreskin (the skin that covers the tip of the penis) is removed. It’s usually… part of a religious or cultural ceremony. During the procedure, the doctor will numb the area around the penis with a local anesthetic (medicine that…

  • blood pressure monitor showing elevated readings with pills on a table

    High Blood Pressure Medicines

    There are many medicines used to treat high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor to help figure out which one… to treat high blood pressure. Your doctor will decide which type of medicine is right for you. These are the most common: ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting…

  • A young boy shows a skin rash covering his chest and arms. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that usually affects children between the ages of 5 and 15. It can be treated with antibiotics.

    Scarlet Fever

    Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that usually effects children between the ages of 5 and 15. It can be… have other symptoms, such as: Chills Swollen tongue, tonsils, or glands White coating or red bumps on tongue Stomach pain Headache Muscle aches Vomiting Diarrhea…

  • Injury Prevention: The Proper Way to Store Cleaning Supplies

    According to the National Capital Poison Center, household cleaning supplies—including kitchen cleaners and liquid laundry packets—are the second most common exposure to poison among children under 6 years of age. And since the COVID-19 outbreak, cleaning has been on the rise…

  • Vasectomy: What to Expect

    A vasectomy is a procedure that makes a man permanently unable to get a woman pregnant… A vasectomy is a procedure that makes a man permanently unable to get a woman pregnant. It involves cutting or blocking two tubes, called the vas deferens inside the…

  • woman with a headache holds a hand to her head

    Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain cannot often be cured but it can be treated with lifestyle changes and other means… What is chronic pain? There are 2 types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain lets you know that your body is injured. It usually doesn’t last long. It…

  • Cytomegalovirus

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that most people are exposed to as infants. It rarely causes symptoms, but sometimes… What is cytomegalovirus? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus. Most people are exposed to the virus as infants. It is that believed most adults…

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)

    A complete blood count test measures the different cells and platelets in your blood to give a doctor a picture… A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that measures red blood cells, white blood cells, and blood platelets (cells that help your blood…

  • People from racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to be hospitalized when they have the flu, according to an analysis from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Flu Complications Risk Greater for Minority Groups

    People from racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to be hospitalized when they have the flu. They are… People from racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to be hospitalized when they have the flu, according to an analysis from the…

  • A sick woman with acute bronchitis coughs at her desk. Acute bronchitis is a contagious viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the airways that carry air into your lungs).

    Acute Bronchitis

    Acute bronchitis is a contagious viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the airways that carry air into… What is acute bronchitis? Acute bronchitis is a contagious viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes. These are the airways that carry…

  • Man sitting on sofa, holding shoulder in pain

    Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

    Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is the condition that occurs when inflammation in your shoulder eventually leads to difficulty moving… What is adhesive capsulitis? Adhesive capsulitis is commonly called frozen shoulder. This occurs when the joints in your shoulder are inflamed. The inflammation leads…

  • Doctor examining a child, checking her throat and tonsils. Common tonsillitis symptoms include redness and feeling like your throat or neck glands are swollen due to inflammation of the tonsils.

    Tonsillitis

    Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that happens when they become infected by a virus or bacteria. It is… What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is an inflammatory disease. It occurs when your tonsils become infected by a virus or bacteria. Tonsils are the oval-shaped areas…