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Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

by Natalie (SU)
The temperature is dropping and the winter clothes are coming out of storage. It’s that time of year again. You better stay out of drafts, bundle up and keep warm; you don’t want to catch a cold. Get out of those wet clothes because the best way to avoid the flu is to make sure you stay warm and dry, right? Well, not necessarily. Weather doesn’t make you sick. Germs make you sick. There are a number of biological and environmental factors that play into our tendency to get sick in the winter, but the season itself isn’t the culprit.

Can You Get the Flu from the Flu Shot?

Can You Get the Flu from the Flu Shot?

by Natalie (SU)
Have you ever heard of the Spanish Influenza? If not, that was a worldwide flu epidemic that killed more than 50 million people in 1918 and 1919. This is what you might consider the mother of all flus. That is because every worldwide epidemic of Influenza A since then, and in fact almost all Influenza A outbreaks, have been genetically linked to the Spanish Influenza. Scientists still do not completely understand why the influenza of 1918 and 1919 was so deadly, however, they are concerned that similarly powerful strains could arise again. Additionally, even a weaker strain of flu is capable of rendering a majority of older, younger, and chronically ill Americans extremely ill; it can even be fatal. That is why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone from the age of 6 months old and older receive a flu vaccine every year.

Diarrhea: When to Head to an Urgent Care

Diarrhea: When to Head to an Urgent Care

by Natalie (SU)
You had lunch with your friends at your usual place today, and had been feeling wonderful until about 4 hours ago when you started experiencing a stomachache and diarrhea. Now you’re beginning to wonder what exactly you ate that is making you feel so ill. Your story is not unique. The average adult experiences diarrhea approximately 4 times per year. And while most cases are infectious and run their course in 3 to 7 days, diarrheal diseases are among the five leading causes of death in the world annually. With this in mind, you can be cautiously optimistic that you will be feeling better in a few days, but you should be aware of the when you should head to the urgent care to get treatment for diarrhea.

Ways to Treat Salmonella

Ways to Treat Salmonella

by Yenny (SU)
Have you or someone you know ever had food poisoning? If the answer is yes, there is a possibility that it was caused by a salmonella infection. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is found in the gastrointestinal tracts of domestic and wild animals, including insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It is estimated that this organism is responsible for 2-4 million foodborne infections in the United States yearly, and 30% of all deaths associated with food poisoning. With this in mind, it is important to understand where the infection comes from, what the symptoms look like, how you can prevent it, when to see a doctor, and ways to treat a salmonella infection once you have it.

Why Would a Tick Cause Meat Allergies?

Why Would a Tick Cause Meat Allergies?

by Yenny (SU)
When you think of tick bites, you think of Lyme disease, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, right? On the other hand, you probably know more than one person with food allergies. So what could these two things possibly have in common? Surprisingly, there is growing evidence that the bite of a lone star tick can result in developing a food allergy to meat. And, while this tick was traditionally found in the Southeastern United States, its habitat is growing, having been found from Maine to Missouri, and as far west as Texas.

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