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What Causes a Sore Throat?

Viruses, like those that cause cold and flu Allergies Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke The bacteria group A strep, which causes strep throat Of these, infections from viruses are the most common cause of sore throats. Symptoms of sore throat whether caused by virus or bacteria can be similar. Symptoms that suggest a virus […]


Tips on Preventing Falls

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 fall each year? Falls are the leading cause of deadly injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Common reasons why older adults fall are: Chronic health conditions Vision impairments or muscle weakness Balance impairments Below […]


How to Prepare for Flu Season

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The flu usually comes on suddenly with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Flu season mainly occurs in the fall and winter with peaks between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend […]


Asthma Symptoms and Triggers

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. All of the causes of asthma are unknown, but we do know that genetics, and environmental and occupational factors have been linked to developing asthma. If someone in your immediate family has asthma, you are more likely […]


What is Gout?

Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. It often affects one joint at a time. There are no cures for gout but you can treat and manage the condition. What Causes Gout? It is caused by a condition known as hyperuricemia, where there is too much uric acid in the […]