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Are You a Super Fan? Avoid Damaging Your Voice

Tags: alcohol, dehydration, hydration, sore throat, voice

One of the most fun aspects of watching a big sporting event like the Super Bowl is cheering on your team. Many of us will go to work or school on Monday with a scratchy throat and raspy voice.


Pneumonia and Heart Disease Risk

Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

Tags: bacterial infection, cholesterol, diabetes, heart, heart disease, lung disorders, pneumonia, smoking, study, viral infection

Results show hospitalization for pneumonia was associated with increased short- and long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, especially for those age 65 and older. The risk was highest in the first year after hospitalization


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Why Do We Yawn, Hiccup and Get Goosebumps?

Tags: hiccups, sleep

Learn the truth behind why we yawn, hiccup and get goosebumps. It’s probably not what you think.


How Good Bacteria in Your Nose Can Help You Fight Infections

How Good Bacteria in Your Nose Can Help You Fight Infections

Tags: antibiotics, bacterial infection, Headaches, probiotics, sinus, sinusitis, wash hands

Doctors are learning the value of the good bacteria in our noses and nasal passages. It actually helps you fight infections. Find ways you can protect and cultivate them.


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Read This If You Are a Smoker Who Struggles With Chronic Pain

Tags: arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, pain management, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

Do you smoke? Here's another reason to quit. Smokers are nearly three times as likely to get lower back pain. Even though it might seem relaxing in the moment, smoking can actually cause more pain your body over time.


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Why You Should Limit Alcohol Before Bed for Better Sleep

Tags: alcohol, drinking, insomnia, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep hygeine, sleepwalking

Having a drink or taking a drug before bedtime can lead to sleep disturbances and other medical problems. Find out why and what to do if you need to take a prescription medication that is disturbing your sleep.


Christmas candles

How to Keep Holiday Scents From Causing Asthma Attacks

Tags: allergies, asthma, asthma attack, flu vaccine, holiday season, holidays, seasonal allergies

Live trees, scented candles and other aromatic holiday decorations can spark severe asthma attacks. Here's how to cut down the risk for a lung-healthy holiday.


Feet warming by fireplace

That Cozy Fire Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Tags: asthma, bronchitis, eyes, fireplaces, lung disease, lung disorders

When the weather outside turns frightful, there’s nothing cozier than a warm, crackling blaze in the hearth. But a wood-burning fire in your fireplace can cause health problems.


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Are E-cigarettes Safe for Pregnant Women?

Tags: bad habits, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, nicotine, pregnancy, quit smoking, smoking

Some consider e-cigarettes “safer” for pregnant women, but no medical studies prove they are safe. Experts say it’s best to avoid them and offer tips to help you quit.


Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Newly FDA-Approved Drugs Give Hope to People with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Tags: clinical trials, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), lung disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, shortness of breath, treatments

The FDA recently approved two new drugs to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. These drugs have been shown to slow the progression of this previously untreatable disease.