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Ear Infections / Risks, Symptoms and More

What causes an ear infection? An ear infection occurs when one of your eustachian tubes becomes swollen or blocked, causing fluid to build up in your middle ear. Eustachian tubes are small tubes that run from each ear directly to the back of the throat. The causes of eustachian tube blockage include: allergiescoldssinus infectionsexcess mucussmokinginfected or swollen adenoids (tissue near your tonsils that trap harmful bacteria and viruses)changes in air pressure RISK FACTORS Risk factors for ear infections Ear infections occur most commonly in young children because they have short and narrow eustachian tubes. Infants who are bottle-fed also have a higher incidence of ear infections than their breastfed counterparts. Other factors that increase the risk of developing an ear infection are: altitude changesclimate changesexposure to cigarette smokepacifier userecent illness or ear infection SYMPTOMS What are the symptoms of ear infections? A few of the common symptoms of ear infections i…

How Safe Is Abortion In The US, And What Are The Risks?

Forty-five years after the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, abortion still remains one of the most fiercely debated subjects in the United States. While a majority of the public (nearly 57%) expressed support for legal abortion options in a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center, critics claim that apparent health risks can affect women who opt to terminate their pregnancy.  To dissect the arguments, the following questions arise: What is the state of abortion in the country? How is the quality of treatment being compromised? Are there any potential health consequences? Scientific studies and health experts weigh in. Legal abortions in the U.S. are safe and effective: In a recent landmark study, the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has found that abortions in the U.S. have no long-term consequences on women's physical and mental health. The report, titled 'The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States', conducted a comprehensiv…

Tylenol Provides More Than Just Pain Relief: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol, is one of the most popular over-the-counter pain medications we encounter. Popping a couple Tylenol pills when you have a headache is as routine as brushing your teeth  before you go to bed. But based on recent research, acetaminophen’s short- and long-term side effects may involve more than potential liver damage. Here are seven effects of acetaminophen that researchers have studied in recent years, and which call into question the safety and efficacy of the drug.
Reduces EmpathyAcetaminophen may alleviate your splitting headache, but it may also numb your emotions, according to researchers at Ohio State University. In a recent study, Baldwin Way, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State, and his team investigated how acetaminophen could actually reduce people’s ability to feel both negative and positive feelings. When students were divided into an acetaminophen group and a placebo group, those who had taken the drug showed less em…

5 Health Benefits Of Onions

While the taste may not be for everyone, onions have been studied widely for how they can improve your health  and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases. Here are some of the possible benefits they could provide:
1. Flavor without baggage Looking for a way to make your daily cooking tastier without leaving a dent on your health? Onions are a pretty good candidate if you enjoy a mild spicy flavor. Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas, noted that they are "excellent sources of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals," to name a few. "I like to recommend eating onions because they add flavor without salt and sugar," Jarzabkowski told Live Science. Estimated to contain only 45 calories per serving, they also contain no fat. 2. Heart-healthy properties Something else that onions lack? Cholesterol. As we know, LDL cholesterol can accumulate along the walls of the arteries. The buildup m…

Acne Affects Not Just Skin, But Also Psychological Well-Being

People who suffer from the skin condition acne may suffer from the negative impact of perceived social stigma tied to their skin condition, according to a new study from the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland. The study titled "Stigma predicts health-related quality of life impairment, psychological distress, and somatic symptoms in acne sufferers" was published in the journal PLOS ONE on Sept. 28. Acne, which affects up to 50 million Americans every year, is said to be the most common skin condition in the United States. Though it is often associated with teenagers, it can occur at any age. Nearly 300 people who suffered from varying levels of acne were surveyed by the research team. Their negative perception of how society viewed their appearance had a strong correlation — those who perceived more stigma were more likely to report higher levels of psychological distress, anxiety, depression. Some even reported somatic conditions like respiratory illness and other physical…

When To Worry About A Cough That Won't Go Away

Nobody wants to deal with coughing and hacking during the holidays. But with influenza and flu-like illness activity being on the rise this season, many of us may already be experiencing such symptoms.
But just how long is it supposed to last? When could it indicate something that needs more than over-the-counter medication? Such questions would have likely crossed your mind when experiencing a particularly severe bout of coughing. "If your cough has lasted past the 18-day mark, it may be time to see a doctor," wrote Benjamin Kaplan, M.D., an internal medicine physician at Orlando Health. If that seems a lot longer than you expected, you are not alone. One study revealed that most patients expect a cough to last seven to nine days at most, around half the aforementioned figure. The researchers noted how this could raise the risk of unnecessary antibiotic use. A chronic cough, defined by a duration of at least six to eight weeks, is an indicator of an underlying medical issue. How…

Practicing safe sex

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that’s spread during sexual contact with another person. This includes touching, since some STDs can be spread from skin-to-skin contact. In general, STDs are highly preventable. Almost 20 million new STDs are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, a large number of those infections could be avoided if people made different decisions about their sexual health. The only guaranteed method to prevent STDs is to abstain from all sexual contact. However, most people don’t find this to be a practical solution. When engaging in sexual activity, there are steps people can take to limit their risk of STDs. PROTECTION BEFORE SEX Protection before sex Effective STD prevention begins before sexual activity occurs. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your STD risk before having sex: Limit your number of sexual partners.Talk honestly with potential partners about…