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The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys […]

January is Thyroid Awareness Month



Under normal circumstances, coughing is a vital bodily reflex that keeps your throat and air passages clear. A cough protects your lungs from irritants (like smoke, pollen, and mucus) and helps prevent infections. Productive coughs can extricate mucus and phlegm. Depending on its duration, a cough is categorized as acute, […]

Why Am I Still Coughing?


There is no doubt that extremely cold temperatures can cause serious damage to unprotected skin. When the blood vessels in your extremities constrict, it causes the skin to harden and become discolored, a condition known as frostbite. At first, your skin will turn yellow or white, accompanied by a distinct […]

What Are the Signs of Frostbite?


According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States will be afflicted with a heart attack roughly every 34 seconds. Heart attacks happen when blood flow to the heart is dramatically impaired or stopped completely, preventing oxygen from getting to the heart muscle. When your arteries become too […]

Am I Having a Heart Attack?



An abscess is a cluster of pus that occurs when an area of your body tissue becomes infected. When your immune system attempts to fight the infection, it sends white blood cells through your vessel walls into the infected area. These white blood cells accumulate within the damaged tissue, causing […]

How Do I Treat an Abscess?


If you’ve ever suffered from a severe cold, you might balk at the notion that it is not a “serious” ailment. Generally speaking, however, a cold is considered to be a highly manageable, not-too-dangerous condition. The flu, on the other hand, is a more perilous illness, one that may bring […]

Do I Have a Cold or the Flu?


HIV remains one of the most critical public health issues we face as a community. Knowing how to protect yourself is key to stopping the spread of this potentially deadly virus. The most common HIV risk factors include: use of injected drugs or steroids sharing of needles or syringes with […]

What Are the Risk Factors for HIV?



Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by bacteria that invade your system through the urethra. Under most normal circumstances, your body purges these bacteria on its own, and drinking a lot of water and practicing proper hygiene in the area can help. However, the body isn’t always successful at cleaning […]

Why Won’t My Urinary Tract Infection Go Away?