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  • Is the flu shot more important this year? Every year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other leading medical experts, highly recommend every eligible person receive a flu shot. Has COVID-19 changed this? "...it’s crucial to protect against the flu in order to prevent co-infections of both illnesses, which could be devastating.” “This upcoming season, the flu shot carries more importance that perhaps ever before,” said Dr. Elfatih Abter, Director of Infectious Disease at McLa...

  • Significantly lower health risks for people over 50 linked to flu shot With the typical risk associated with the ordinary flu season complicated by the on-going pandemic, medical professionals and public health experts urge everyone everywhere to start the season with a flu shot. More so this season than perhaps ever before, a flu shot can aid greatly in protecting people against the potentially devastating effects of a co-infection of the flu and COVID-19. However, the results of a recently published s...

  • The danger of waiting to get cancer care is far greater than the risk of exposure to COVID-19.   No matter how you say it—between a rock and a hard place, the lesser of two evils, between the devil and the deep blue sea—there’s a reason the old adage exists, especially now. As we continue coping with the Coronavirus pandemic, we face decisions that force us to weigh out risks. Should we forgo fresh produce to avoid too many trips to the grocery store? Should we shop online and put delivery drivers ...

  • With similar symptoms associated with both illnesses, how can you tell the difference? This flu season will be incredibly unique from previous years due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic began just as the 2019-2020 flu season was coming to a close. But even in that short overlap of time, many patients were concerned that their flu symptoms also mirrored those symptoms of COVID-19, leading to anxiety and confusion. Those classic COVID-19 symptoms also common with the flu include: Fever Body aches Fa...

  • High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for life-threatening conditions   It’s a condition that affects more than 100 million Americans, and it’s a significant risk factor for potentially life-threatening conditions. The greatest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke: High blood pressure. High blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for heart attacks and strokes In fact, high blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for those potentially fatal attacks. Additionally, i...

  • Suicidal thoughts should not be considered normal Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Like any other health emergency, it’s important to address a mental health crisis like suicide quickly and effectively. If you or someone you know is in an em...

  • Has the pandemic made you think twice about seeking medical care? The pandemic has brought about many different feelings as we all continue to live through one of the most unusual times in history. Among the most common, though, have been a sense of depression and anxiety. Unsurprisingly, those anxious feelings have kept people from their healthcare provider, deciding instead to delay or completely forego medical care. Recently, the Journal of General Internal Medicine published a study that convincingl...

  • A pair of high-profile colon cancer deaths have many people thinking about screenings This summer, two high-profile deaths pushed colon cancer awareness into the minds of many, to the benefit of their future health. Colon cancer is the no. 2 cause of cancer death of men and women combined in the United States. The death of Marvel star Chadwick Boseman came as a shock to so many around the world, while locally Jamie Samuelsen’s death stunned many who were used to hearing his voice daily on the radio. Mak...

  • Some question masks' usefulness, but data continues to prove their ability to slow the spread UPDATED : For months now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended everyone wear a face covering over their nose and mouth to aid in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Many did so – and continue to do so – while also continuing to question masks’ effectiveness. Previously published studies demonstrate various levels of protections offered by different types of face coverings (such a...

  • A big concern many have had during the pandemic (especially during warmer months) has been if mosquitoes can spread the coronavirus. With malaria being the most well-known, mosquitoes are notorious spreaders of viral illnesses (such as the EEE outbreak from last summer). Researchers, however, have determined that mosquitoes do not spread COVID-19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it has no data to support coronavirus transmission via mosquito bite, and, similarly, the World He...