10 Things to Know About Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. It primarily affects the liver and can range from a mild, short-term condition to a lifelong, serious one. Here are 10 things to know about hepatitis C. Some people have hepatitis C for just a short time, and it goes away on its own. Between 75-85 percent, however, will ... Read More...

10 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

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Did you know that 1 in every 5 American adults will have a mental condition in any given year? Taking care of your mental health is one of the most important things you can do to keep your whole self healthy. While there are varying degrees of mental health conditions, as well as a multitude of treatment options, there are a few things you can do ... Read More...

8 Questions to Ask About An Autism Diagnosis

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Autism is a disorder that affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills and encompasses a group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders. It is estimated that six out of every 1,000 children in the United States may have an autism spectrum disorder, with approximately four times as many boys affected as girls. If your ... Read More...

What You Should Know About Your Sleep

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We know sleep is important to our health, helping to heal our bodies, keep our immune system strong and promote healthy growth and development in children and teens. Although the recommended amount of sleep differs depending on our age, the quality of sleep matters too. Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of chronic ... Read More...

Top 10 Pediatricians in New York City

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Looking for the most-recommended pediatricians in New York City metro area? Check to see if your doctor is one of the 'Top 10 Pediatricians' in NYC based on ratings and reviews. Vitals' visitors who leave ratings and reviews for a doctor are asked about different factors during their appointment. These factors can include follow-up after an ... Read More...

What is Exercise-Induced Asthma

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When it comes to exercise, it’s almost always the benefits of it that are stressed -- weight loss, improved fitness, protection from disease. However, for those with exercise-induced asthma, there can be a downside as well. Also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), it’s a condition in which strenuous exercise can cause ... Read More...

What People on Kidney Dialysis Can and Cannot Do

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When a person’s kidneys can’t do the work for themselves, whether due to disease or injury, dialysis can help keep a body in balance. Sometimes the treatment is short-term and the kidneys are repaired, while other times it can be a lifelong situation or a long-term solution until a transplant is available. No matter the length one is on ... Read More...

Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke Tied to Alzheimer’s

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A new study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that risk factors for heart disease and stroke - like obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure - may also be linked to a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Higher vascular risk factors were associated with elevated brain ... Read More...

Navigating Kids’ Food Allergies at Playdates & Parties

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A food allergy at any age takes plenty of planning and precautions, and when it comes to children, there are even more considerations to keep them safe. It seems their lives often revolve around food. From snacks after each and every soccer game to celebrations and pizza parties, there’s a constant flow of food that must be navigated. It can ... Read More...

Smoking Responsible for 1 in 10 Deaths Worldwide

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A new study funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that even with ongoing global efforts to prevent tobacco use, tobacco-related deaths accounted for 11.5 percent of all deaths in 2015. The countries among the highest tobacco users? The United States, China, India and Russia, accounting for over 52 percent of smoking-related ... Read More...