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WARNING: Flu Season Ahead! Flu vs. Cold and How to Detect the Difference

It’s that time of the year – runny noses, contagious coughs, and stomach bugs are on the rise and it’s almost impossible not to catch what everyone is passing around. Determining whether you have a cold or the flu can be difficult, even with how common these illnesses are, because the symptoms are very similar. Do you know how to detect the differences between the two? Symptoms for both diseases vary for each affected person according to the severity of the illness, although the flu is often more severe and can lead to serious complications whereas a cold will not. Both the flu and a cold are respiratory illnesses, but they’re different viruses (hence the similarities and difficulty in distinguishing between the two). Colds often start off as a runny or stuffy nose with a sore throat and rarely result in serious health issues such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. The flu on the other hand, is more intense and can result in detrimental health problems. Last year, in …

Are you POSITIVE you are NEGATIVE?

Are you POSITIVE you are NEGATIVE?  You don’t have any symptoms, so you must be okay, right? Maybe not… Did you know that rates of some STDs are up as much as 76% in the last five years?  You could be infected and not even know it!  Many infections don’t have any symptoms at all. Young women are particularly at risk because undiagnosed infections can lead to infertility, pregnancy complications and even chronic pelvic pain.  There is also increasing evidence that some STDs can cause infertility in men. Not so common STDs like Syphilis and Gonorrhea have had especially dramatic increases.  These infections have been traditionally associated with men who have sex with other men; however, in more recent years, we are now seeing increases in women and heterosexual men. The type of sexual activity you are participating in may also determine your risk and the type of testing you need.  Having anal intercourse with anyone, whether you are a man or woman, can increase your risk. There are numerous STDs that …

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