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  • Woman smiling and eating yogurt with berries.

    Nutrition and Mental Health

    Keeping a healthy diet isn’t just good for your body, it might benefit mental health, as well… You probably know that the food you eat affects your body. Many studies have shown the connection between your food choices and your overall health. Eating a nutritious…

  • A sick man sleeps on the couch next to a table with medication and a glass of water. These days, when you’re feeling under the weather with a fever, body aches, and other symptoms, you may wonder whether you have season influenza (flu) or COVID-19. The two share many similarities, but there are a few differences.

    Do I Have COVID-19 or the Flu?

    COVID-19 and the flu have many symptoms in common. It can be tricky to know which you have. But there… may also lose your sense of smell or taste if you have COVID-19. COVID-19 and the flu can cause severe illness and complications that require…

  • An elderly woman and doctor sit at a table and look at a tablet.

    At high risk for COVID-19? Create a plan

    have some high-risk conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Protect yourself by creating a plan to prepare for unexpected illness. Use this guide to help you prepare for unexpected illness. Talk with your doctor or other health care clinician about actions you…

  • Doctor examining patient’s ear with otoscope

    Ear Infection

    An ear infection is one of the most common conditions among children. It is caused by a viral or bacterial… infections create pressure in the Eustachian tube that connects the throat to the middle ear. This pressure causes the ear pain. A chronic ear infection can last…

  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite… the town of Lyme, Connecticut, were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers investigated and found that tick bites were causing the illnesses. Lyme disease is carried by black-legged ticks (sometimes called deer ticks)…

  • American soldier in uniform, who suffers from PTSD

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder caused by a traumatic event or series of events… and recovering from traumatic events. You may have acute, or short-term,PTSD that can last for several months. You may have chronic, or long-term, PTSD that can last…

  • Floor scale with tape measure wrapped around apple to illustrate obesity

    Obesity

    Obesity is a complex, and increasingly common disease that is associated with many health risks such as high blood pressure,… or to lose weight. Medicines include: Antihistamines, alpha blockers (given for allergies) Corticosteroids/steroids (given to reduce inflammation or to treat some chronic conditions) Beta blockers,…

  • family doctor stands in front of blurred family in background

    Deciding When to See a Doctor

    Knowing when to see a doctor is an important decision. While there are no set rules, some general guidelines can… Should I go to the doctor? Most of us have asked that question at one time or another. Whether it’s a bad cold, a funny-looking…

  • Pneumococcal Vaccines for Seniors

    Pneumococcal vaccines help to prevent pneumonia. Adults 65 and older, for whom pneumonia can be fatal, should get two different… What is a pneumococcal vaccine? A pneumococcal vaccine is an injected medicine that can protect against and often prevent pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease is…

  • A woman suffering from stomach pain lays on a couch. Several types of diarrhea medicine are available over-the-counter to help you feel better and ease your symptoms.

    Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea

    Several types of diarrhea medicine are available over-the-counter to help you feel better and ease your symptoms… Diarrhea is when you have frequent, watery bowel movements – three or more loose stools in a day. Many things can cause it, including: Virus Bacteria and parasites…

  • a woman using telemedicine to speak with a doctor

    Telemedicine

    Telemedicine is a way for patients to receive access to medical care without leaving their homes by using technology to… Telemedicine is a way for patients to receive access to medical care without leaving their home or work. A doctor and a patient are…

  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A (Hep A) is liver inflammation caused by the hepatitis A virus. It isn’t typically as serious as hepatitis… What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver. Normally, the liver breaks down waste products in your blood. But when the liver is inflamed, it doesn’t…

  • A 3-D illustration of hepatitis B virus in blood vessel with red blood cells

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by a virus. It is usually spread from person to person through… What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver. Normally, the liver breaks down waste products in your blood. But when the liver is inflamed,…

  • Pressure Sores

    Pressure sores are sores on your skin. They’re usually caused by being in a bed or wheelchair nearly all the… What are pressure sores? Pressure sores are sores on your skin. They’re caused by being in a bed or wheelchair nearly all the time…

  • 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… What is babesiosis? Babesiosis is an infection of the red blood cells. It is caused by a single-cell parasite called Babesia. The parasite is carried…

  • Family Doctors Are a Consistent Presence in Challenging Times

    Dr. Christine Khandelwal

    Working as a palliative care doctor has shown me how important a trusted family doctor is when patients face a… I sat trembling, clasping my patient’s frail hand as I held back tears. Patricia (not her real name) told me about being diagnosed with…

  • Woman holding throat in pain. When you have Hashimoto’s disease, your immune system attacks the thyroid gland. When this happens, your thyroid can’t make hormones normally.

    Thyroiditis

    Learn about the types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of thyroiditis, a name for several disorders that cause inflammation of… What is thyroiditis? Thyroiditis refers to a group of disorders that cause inflammation of the thyroid. Your thyroid is the gland located in the front of your…

  • The Doctor Will See You In Person Now

    Dr. Cate Buley

    Telemedicine lets you access medical care without leaving your home. But it isn’t the right choice for every visit with… I practice family medicine at a clinic in Alaska. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, my clinic switched to telemedicine visits. Using…