An Overview of Chickenpox/Varicella

October 04, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

The chickenpox immunization is a shot that can secure almost any individual who gets the antibody from getting chickenpox. It's additionally called the varicella immunization since chickenpox is brought about by the varicella-zoster infection. The immunization is produced using a life yet debilitated, or weakened, infection.

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How to Naturally Relieve Back Pain

October 04, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

A physical ailment is a disease or a condition that manifests itself with physical characteristics - often pain. Besides microbes, medication, and external stimuli, sometimes the causative factor for a physical ailment comes from the patient.

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Signs of High Uric Acid Levels

October 07, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Uric acid is best described as the pesky compound that surrounds the joints causing the painful medical condition known as gout. Usually, the waste product known as uric acid is absorbed into the bloodstream and then filtered out of the body by the kidneys. However, when the body is unable to release uric acid, it forms crystals that deposit on the joints, thus causing pain and inflammation. Gout is characterized by red, swollen joints typically located on the feet and hands. The inflammation makes it difficult for the proper functioning of the joints, which, in turn, can impair activities of daily living or ADLs. 

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Can the Flu Vaccine Give You the Flu?

October 15, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Flu season is upon us, and unfortunately, the flu virus, also known as influenza, does not discriminate who it may or may not affect. The leading preventative measure to prevent the flu is the flu vaccination. Proper hand hygiene is also beneficial, but the flu is transmitted by droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected individual. So, sometimes, even good hand hygiene will not be sufficient to stop the spread of the flu. 

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Can Exercise Help Arthritis Pain?

October 17, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Arthritis is characterized by swelling, stiffness, and pain in one or multiple joints. It can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. This condition is generally diagnosed later in life and can progressively worsen with time.

However, there are multiple treatment options available, both holistic and pharmaceutical, to substantially decrease the pain and swelling associated with arthritis.

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Why NSAIDs are Dangerous ?

October 22, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs, have been labeled as ‘dangerous’ for many reasons after years of considerable research. NSAIDs have been on the market since the 1960s, so there has been ample research that has gathered information spanning decades. Initially

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Details You Need To Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

November 05, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

While there are multiple types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the only one that is auto-immune in nature. Autoimmune conditions develop when the body attacks itself, much like when the body has a virus, and it tries to defeat the foreign invader. However, while the body is correct in trying to attack viruses and various bacteria, the body should not be attacking itself. Inflammation related to RA is caused by the body attacking the cells, usually in the fingers, wrists, and knees. This attack causes the initiation of an inflammatory process, which leads to pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints

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Vitamins and Minerals for Hair Growth

November 06, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

When the term “hair growth” arises, usually people will suggest the use of biotin.  Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps synthesize food into energy.  It is also a powerful force behind healthy hair, skin, and nails.  However, studies have suggested that a well-rounded diet, which will supply the body with all of the available vitamins and minerals, will adequately support hair health and growth. Biotin alone does not completely transform your hair without the help of other vitamins and minerals, which can be attained from a healthy diet.

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Health Benefits of Walking

November 07, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Walking, a form of exercise typically gets a bad wrap as being an ineffective workout.  However, multiple sources confirm it is one of the best types of exercise that you can participate in. It is an easy, popular form of exercise that people of all ages can get involved in. Thankfully, it is also relatively risk and injury-free. Even if you are a well-trained athlete, walking can still be a welcomed addition to your physical activity line-up. Let’s review the benefits below.

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Urinary Incontinence & Its Types

November 15, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Topics, like urinary incontinence, are uncomfortable to discuss, but to ensure that this matter is appropriately addressed, it is essential to have an honest conversation with your doctor. A leaky bladder can be emotionally and physically draining to manage on a daily basis. The leaky bladder, also known as urinary incontinence, which is defined as a lack of bladder control, can affect both the young and the old. For example, after pregnancy, many women struggle with leaky bladder due to a lack of muscle tone post-delivery. This is often a correctable issue with the assistance of physical therapy. The lack of control can range from a slight leak to a full release of the bladder. There are multiple types of incontinence, which include stress, overactive, overflow, and functional.  

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Treatment of Urinary Incontinence

November 19, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

After discussing the different types of urinary incontinence, it is essential to turn our attention to the various treatment options available. Once a physician has made a diagnosis, a treatment plan can be formulated. Initially, based on the type of incontinence, conservative treatment options are the first-line defense. Conventional methods include pelvic floor training, lifestyle modifications, and bladder training.  

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What is Diverticulosis Disease ?

November 22, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

There are an array of gastrointestinal issues that can plague the average person, and it can be frustrating not to understand the varying conditions that may arise. Diverticulosis is one of these conditions that is commonly diagnosed, and it can be reoccurring throughout your lifetime. Therefore, it essential to be well informed, which can help you to recognize the signs and symptoms so that proper treatment can be implemented.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Atkins Diet

November 27, 2019 | Farah Jassawalla

The Atkins diet, introduced by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, is used for the purpose of losing weight with a low-carb diet. The diet consists of eating as many fats and proteins you can eat, especially in the form of meat, to lose weight on the condition that you avoid foods that have high carbs. The diet is also possible for vegetarians; therefore, the only source of proteins and fats should not necessarily be restricted to meat. Studies support the notion that low carb diets help lose weight without the calorie count of your diet, and along with that also may improve your health.

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Pharmacotherapy: types and benefits

December 06, 2019 | Farah Jassawalla

Pharmacotherapy must sound like a very serious medical term, and while that is not completely true, it should be noted that it is not something to be scared of. Pharmacotherapy, very simply speaking, is the use of drugs in medical science to treat a myriad of illnesses. The history of pharmacotherapy can be traced back to the days of Hippocrates who introduced the concept of treating ailments with medicinal herbs in ancient Greece. Over time, the practice became more refined until it finally developed into what we know today as modern pharmacotherapy.

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How to Relieve Menopause Symptoms ?

December 23, 2019 | Farah Jassawalla

Menopause happens when a woman's reproductive system is coming to an end, and she will no longer have periods. Her likelihood of having children will also drastically decrease during menopause, and once it is over, she will no longer be able to reproduce. Menopause is a natural process for women that occurs around the ages of the late 40s to late 50s.

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Stroke Rehabilitation and Prevention

December 24, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Depending on the severity of a stroke, activities of daily living or ADLs can be significantly impacted, potentially rendering a person incapable of living the life to which they are accustomed. Activities of daily living or ADLs include eating, dressing, bathing, necessary hygiene skills, walking, and transferring from a sitting to standing position. Complications of a stroke include, and are not limited to, loss or impairment of ADLs, paralysis, diminished movement, speech difficulty, memory loss, emotional alterations, pain, and changes in behavior. 

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How to maintain your fitness and vitality during pregnancy; exercise regime for mothers to be

December 27, 2019 | Farah Jassawalla

Exercise can do miracles for your body. Breaking a sweat may seem difficult and can get very taxing, but it does result in a healthier, fitter you. Pregnancy brings about significant changes in the body, and these changes also affect the mind. A healthier mother today entails a healthier generation tomorrow, and in order to ensure that, a fitness regime is highly necessary. There are huge health benefits that come with a properly exercised body. It's easier to bear and resolve mental stresses while you gain the much-required physical strength. 

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What is Antibiotics? Resistance, Uses, and Side effects

January 02, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Antibiotics are a relatively new concept that first came on the scene in 1929 when Alexander Fleming developed penicillin. Until the development of immunizations and antibiotics, the mortality rate in most countries was still high due to the lack of modern medicine utilized when fighting bacterial infections. Antibiotics target bacteria and slow the replication of the bacteria or ultimately kill the bacteria. It is vital to note that antibiotics will not treat viral infections. The typical "cold" is, in fact, a virus and not a bacterial infection. 

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Herbs and Spices to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

January 07, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Anxiety and stress seem to plague young adults and adults alike these days due to constant social media use, negative news outlets, high-stress jobs, and the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality. Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand as stress generates the feelings associated with anxiety. Occasionally occurring anxiety is inevitable, but when fear becomes recurring and debilitating, it is classified as an anxiety disorder

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What is Primal Living?

January 08, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Primal living is not a new concept, but it is beginning to pick up coverage in mainstream media. Bits and pieces of this lifestyle have emerged over the past few years, including examples like yoga, meditation, and diets that exclude grain, dairy, sugar, and soy. The basis of this lifestyle is to focus on natural substances that come from the earth. Principally, it focuses on how the cavemen were thought to have lived. This lifestyle is a relatively foreign concept in the modern world we currently live in. 

 

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Does Celery Juice Promote Vegetable Consumption?

January 09, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

It is only a matter of time before the next dietary “craze” hits the holistic wellness community, but most recently, celery juice has become the latest trend. Celery, a member of the carrot family, is being called the next superfood due to its high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Like carrots, celery has a high amount of vitamin K and A. It is also jam-packed with potassium, vitamin C, and even dietary fiber. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are due to naturally found chemicals called phytonutrients. While this healthy snack is low in calories, it is higher in sodium, so those who are mindful of sodium intake should limit their daily celery intake. 

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What is a stroke?

January 14, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

If you or a loved one has ever had a stroke, you understand the severity associated with the life-threatening condition. A stroke occurs when blood flow becomes blocked to a specific part of the brain. Without blood flow, brain tissue does not have oxygen and begins to die. Intervention must be established quickly to prevent mass destruction of brain tissue. The less brain tissue that dies through quick treatment, the better chance a person has for a well-rounded life and speedy recovery.  

 

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UTI (urinary tract infection):Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

January 16, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Bladder infections or a urinary tract infection (UTIs) are incredibly common amongst people of all ages. While women are more likely to develop a UTI, they can still plague the male population. The urinary system is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. The kidneys produce urine and also filters different compounds that need to be absorbed or excreted. The ureters transport the urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urethra is the final part of the urinary system that carries urine out of the body.  

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Difference Between Chickenpox & Shingles

January 17, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Before the chickenpox vaccine, the varicella-zoster virus was rampant in children worldwide. However, after the vaccine was developed, chickenpox became virtually non-existent. Shingles, on-the-other-hand, is still a prevalent condition caused by the same virus as chickenpox. For those who have been vaccinated for the chickenpox, the likelihood of acquiring the chickenpox and shingles is minuscule. However, those who did not receive the vaccine, as a child or adult, are still at risk today.

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Oxygen shots: healthy or harmful?

January 21, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Ever wondered why oxygen shots are in the limelight these days? Well, if you are curious about the hype, then you are certainly not the only one! Oxygen shots, which are readily available in casinos, nightclubs, and oxygen bars, contain purified oxygen, which is infused with different scents. Recent years have witnessed an exponentially rising trend in the establishment of oxygen bars all over the world. This is especially true for countries such as Canada and Japan that have experienced a "craze" of oxygen shots. Oxygen shots are served in glass cylinders that have a plastic tube through which the oxygen has to be inhaled. The normal level of oxygen in the air is 21%, which is considerably lower than the 95% level in oxygen shots; this is essentially from where the "high" comes.

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Why is sleep health important?

January 22, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

A good, restful night's sleep is one of the most fundamental prerequisites for a healthy life. However, changing lifestyles in today's era are disrupting the sleep patterns of numerous people worldwide. Sleep is not merely a time when the body relaxes or rests but also an active period that allows the body to carry out various restoration and strengthening activities. The number of hours of sleep varies according to age: adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep while children aged 6-11 need 1-14 hours of slumber. A disturbed sleep pattern leads to irritability, agitation, and unexplained mood swings.

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Insomnia its Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

January 24, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

Lack of sleep, caused by a variety of issues, is a common complaint today experienced by youth and adults alike. While sometimes the stress of a new baby, a new job, or other life-altering condition might disrupt sleep patterns for short periods, some people suffer from a long-term condition called insomnia. Insomnia is characterized by the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep. While most adults can function with 6-8 hours of sleep, insomnia may make it hard to reach this goal, which can cause problems with your energy levels and mood. In addition, lack of sleep, especially when it is long-term due to insomnia, can begin to cause issues at work or in your personal life

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What is Gold Facial & What Does It Do?

January 28, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

We all have a myriad of questions when it comes to skincare routines, and choosing from an endless list of facials is definitely a daunting task. A gold facial, however, is the best one-stop regime for most of your skin issues.  Here is all the relevant information that you need to know about the gold facial that your friends, and nearly every other millennial on social media, have been obsessing over!Gold is not merely used to make intricate and beautiful jewelry now; the expensive metal has a plethora of skin benefits and works miraculously on all skin types. Thus, gold is increasingly being used in facials for flawless skin. Did you know that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, the epitome of flawless beauty, slept wearing a gold mask?

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The Importance of EHR for Patients & Doctors

January 31, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The advent of technology has helped make numerous aspects of our lives much easier, and the healthcare industry is not any different when it comes to being positively affected. Just as everything around is slowly being digitized, and offices are switching from those tall manual filing cabinets to state-of-the-art databases, the healthcare industry has also begun to do the same.

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Here's all you should know about the deadly Corona Virus

February 03, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

In these last few days, a rapidly evolving deadly virus 'Corona' originating in Wuhan, China, has been on everyone's minds due to its rapid spread. Almost 1,300 cases and over 40 deaths have been confirmed in China, which is an alarming figure.

With the virus spreading so quickly, you may be wondering what the virus is all about. Keeping that in mind, here's all that you need to know about this virus, and what you should do to make sure you stay safe.

 

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How to cut back on sugar, so you don't feel the need?

February 06, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

There is nothing good about consuming sugar. It messes up many of your body functions and can even cause skin issues and headaches, among many other things. Obesity is something that too much sugar can give rise to, which in turn can give rise to many health complications. It also further increases heightened blood pressure, increased cholesterol, and impaired cognitive function.

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Stick to these habits to improve health noticeably

February 10, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

2020 is here, and with the dawn of the new year, all of you must have made new year resolutions as well. Most of our new year's resolutions are about changing our habits. There are a few habits that you can stick to in the new year and improve health noticeably. Exercise should be the first thing on your list of good habits as it gives you more energy to accomplish your daily tasks. It also increases focus, decreases stress, and helps you maintain a healthy weight in this manner.

 

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Feeling down lately? Try these yoga poses

February 11, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

There are days when everything becomes difficult all of a sudden. You feel down and out. Usual household chores aside, things that you normally loved doing now seem impossible. Add to that, you feel anxious all the time, and you forget things and tasks that have been lined up. When your brain seems scattered, and you feel overwhelmed, it is time for you to take charge and do something about this.

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Ways in which art can be good for your health

February 12, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

According to studies, there is a strong connection between art and stress reduction. Creating something from scratch can have tremendous effects on your mood. Art also has a huge impact on your ability to solve problems. Furthermore, making art activates the reward center in your brain, turning it into a pleasurable experience. Art can also be cathartic in many ways. You don't have to be armed with an art degree to express yourself and to achieve all the benefits. All you need to do is to just begin.

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How to deal with male pattern baldness?

February 13, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Do you stand in front of the mirror for hours on end and wonder why your luscious locks are thinning every day even though you are still so young? Well. What you are experiencing is called male pattern baldness, which commonly affects men all over the world at a very young age. However, do not worry because we have combined all the ways in which you can deal with male pattern baldness, but before that, it is imperative that we understand what male pattern baldness is.

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How to chill out with holotropic breathwork?

February 18, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Holotropic breathwork allows you to influence your mental, emotional, or physical state by controlling breathing patterns.  Derived from a spiritual framework, holotropic breathwork is now also used as a therapeutic tool in many countries. This technique basically allows you to access altered states of consciousness by gaining command over the breathing process. 

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Transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 09, 2020 | Abigail Mckay

The Wuhan Coronavirus (CoV), a deadly virus presenting as non-treatable pneumonia, has begun to spread throughout the world, so it is essential to stay well-informed to protect you and your family.  CoV, which originated in China, has spread to several other countries in just a few short weeks. At first, the assumption was that the virus was initially contracted from animals at a market in Wuhan, China.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19: the truth behind the death toll and prevention

March 25, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Coronaviruses come under the umbrella of the Coronaviridae, crown or halo shaped structures that can be observed under an electron microscope. This virus binds itself to the host's cellular structure through its spike-like shapes. The bad thing about the coronavirus is that once it enters the cells of its inhabitant, it starts multiplying. From there, it is carried to the rest of the cells and starts spreading fast. This is the reason why it's so contagious.

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How to Differentiate between Coronavirus & the Common Flu?

March 27, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Studies suggest that most patients admitted to hospitals around the globe with coronavirus infection developed low/high-grade fever, a number of them started having a cough, and only a small amount of people showed signs of muscle aches and pains. Seasonal flu symptoms don't necessarily include coughing or shortness of breath unless there is some antecedent illness like asthma.

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Things one should or shouldn't do when diagnosed with the Coronavirus

March 30, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

As the novel coronavirus spreads far and wide, the fear attached to this outbreak also reaches colossal levels. What every one of us should realize is that around 85 to 90% of COVID-19 patients don't show severe symptoms. Only the elderly who are above 60 and those with low-immunity or underlying diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or cancer are more at risk of facing critical situations. While healthcare organizations around the world are constantly informing everyone of such facts and figures, people are still confused and somewhat troubled. If someone tests positive for coronavirus, they shouldn't panic. Under no circumstances should anyone rush to the hospital unless there is a real emergency.

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Healthcare dynamics in USA-is it expensive?

April 02, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

To answer this question with a simple yes or a no is entirely too difficult. There are issues and concerns relevant to the high cost of medical care that needs to be addressed before replying to that question. Different studies have declared the American healthcare to be the most expensive in the world as compared to the cost of similar processes in other countries. This includes the pharmaceutical industry and the prices of medicines as well.

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Do All Infected Coronavirus Patients Show Symptoms?

April 06, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The number of infected coronavirus patients across the US has reached a colossal level of more than 200,000. The federal government and CDC are asking citizens of all states to stay home as much as possible. According to recent research, more data is coming in about the seriousness of the spread caused by infected individuals who aren’t even presenting any symptoms. Since it is difficult and time-consuming to launch nationwide testing, precautionary measures should be taken for everyone’s safety.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - A global pandemic

April 13, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

After its initial outbreak in Wuhan city, China, coronavirus has infected more 1,853,717 people across the globe in over 150 countries, according to international statistics. There have been approx. 114,280 deaths reported, and the death toll is still on the rise. COVID-19 comes from the family of viruses that affect the respiratory system of its hosts. In extreme cases, it can cause multi-organ failure, respiratory/lung failure, pneumonia, and septic shock. But these are rare, and most patients recover after facing mild flu-like symptoms.

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Are DIY face masks effective for protection against coronavirus?

April 16, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO have recommended the use of face masks or face coverings to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Recent studies have proved that more than 25% of all infected individuals remain asymptomatic, i.e., they show no symptoms at all. They are the cause behind the silent spread of the disease. Moreover, even those patients who eventually do show any signs stand to affect quite a few people by not taking any sort of precautions.

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How long is the incubation period for the novel coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The general estimation for the incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 – 14 days. While that is true for most cases reported around the world, there have been a few cases where incubation lasted for 27 days as well.

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How long does the novel coronavirus last on surfaces?

April 24, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The entire world has only one topic to discuss these days, which is that of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Every person is worried about his/her safety, leading to a situation of self-isolation in various countries. This deadly virus has taken over 40,000 lives in the United States, with more than 760,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. COVID-19 continues to spread at an increasing rate, affecting nearly every country across the globe.

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The 1.5 Meters Distance Rule

April 27, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

With many instructions put in place by the government, it is very important for individuals to take preventive measures themselves as well. Several countries have put in place many different restrictions and rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the 1.5metres distance rule is one of them.

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Updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine

May 04, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019, no vaccine has come out yet to treat the virus. Doctors around the globe are treating patients for their symptoms rather than the virus itself. 

 

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Who is least prone to the novel coronavirus?

May 19, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The COVID-19 has changed the entire world, with around 3 million people affected by the virus and 204,000 dead as a result. These numbers continue to grow as the virus spreads. While many countries are going for complete lock-downs, there are some that are implementing partial lock-downs and strictness. What may feel like ordinary flu or cough can be much more serious than you could have thought.

 

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How does the novel coronavirus really spread?

May 21, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The COVID 19 has left the entire world wondering what we have to deal with. Considering that no vaccines have been created just yet to tackle it, the only thing we can practice is our safety. The SARS 2 coronavirus is a newly discovered type of coronavirus which spread from Wuhan, a Chinese city. Since it is incurable, the only way to fight it is to stop it from spreading.

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How long do COVID-19 symptoms last

June 01, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that the symptoms of the coronavirus tend to last for about 2 weeks for those with mild cases while it can go up to 6 weeks for those in a more critical situation. However, the stories of COVID-19 patients and survivors seem to show a different picture.

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What exactly are the coronaviruses

June 03, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

The coronavirus COVID-19 has created chaos amongst countries as a global pandemic. Statistics show that more than 2,200,000 people have been affected by this virus leading to over 150,000 deaths across the globe. This virus sprung from China’s city Wuhan and spread at an accelerating rate, spreading across the entire world. What starts as a normal cough and flu can turn out to be lethal to many, especially for people who have a weak immune system.

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Why activated charcoal might actually be bad for you

June 05, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Activated charcoal has long been used to eliminate toxic or harmful substances from the body after a drug overdose or ingestion of a toxic substance. Activated charcoal has certain chemical and physical properties that allow substances to bind with it. The adsorbent is produced by burning carbon-rich substances at high temperatures. Then a gas or an activating agent is used to increase the surface area of charcoal to activate it.

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Will there be a second wave of the virus?

June 11, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

As far back as history goes, in the Middle Ages, the Black Death was known to come in waves, similar to the bubonic plague. If we go back a century, the Spanish flu, known to be one of the most devastating pandemics in the world, had a second wave that killed significantly more people than the first wave.

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Opportunities and hindrances for telehealth

June 16, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Prior to COVID-19, telemedicine was only a branch of the healthcare system. However, due to increased reliance on this branch, it has now entered into the mainstream. In the USA alone, studies found that there was a 23% increase in telemedicine usage in adults in the pandemic.

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Exercises for hormonal balance for females

July 14, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

What are hormones? 

Hormones are chemical messengers generated by the endocrine glands in our body. Hormones play an essential role in delivering messages to the tissues and organs via the bloodstream. They help regulate major bodily functions, so even small hormonal imbalances can result in drastic side effects throughout the body and alter various bodily processes.

Hormones are responsible for:

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Why Type 2 Diabetes is Increasing in Children and Teens?

September 02, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Type 2 diabetes tends to occur in adults, but it is on the rise amongst children and teenagers as well. This form of diabetes stops the breakdown of glucose in the body, causing it to remain in the bloodstream. The result is a high blood sugar level that leads to serious health issues for the individual.

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How to Deal With Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

September 05, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

With summers in full swing, heat stroke and heat exhaustion have become common among people. Spending too much time in the sun or doing excessive manual labor may lead to a heat stroke or exhaustion.

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Benefits of Mobile Imaging

September 09, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Technology has changed traditional medical methods while introducing new approaches. Mobile imaging is one such addition to the healthcare system that has benefitted many and continues to do so. However, mobile imaging is a relatively new feature that many people are unaware of.

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How To Treat Arthritis And Joint Pain at Home?

September 22, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Arthritis is used to refer to various conditions that cause pain in the joints and inflammation. It is a degenerative disease that cannot be cured but can only be slowed down with treatment and care. Arthritis has over 100 forms, out of which the two most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. While there are certain medical treatments for arthritis and joint pain, some home remedies are also beneficial in relieving pain and relaxing the patient.

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How to Manage High Blood Pressure at Home?

September 29, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

According to the CDC Wonder online databasehigh blood pressure and complications that arise because of it caused nearly half a million deaths in 2018. About 76% of adults with hypertension do not have their condition under control, which brings us to the question: how do the remaining 24% manage their symptoms? Here are a couple of tips that can get you started on your journey to a long, healthy, and disease-free life:

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Causes & Risk Factors of Lung Cancer

October 07, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Lung cancer is among the primary causes of death worldwide. In 2019, out of all cancer-related deaths, lung cancer contributed to 24% of deaths in men and 23% in women. It may not be the most common cancer in either of the sexes, but it is, without a doubt, the deadliest. 

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What's the Difference Between Depression and Anxiety?

October 20, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Mental health is more relevant today than it has ever been. This is partly because of COVID'19 forcing everyone to stay inside their homes. Social isolation has made people who have never struggled with their mental health before experience mental health issues for the first time in their lives.

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Kidney Failure: Symptoms, Causes & Diagnosis

November 02, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

You’ve probably heard the joke “Sell one of your kidneys to get some quick cash” quite often. With kidney failure being a prevalent issue around the world, the market for kidney selling is vast and generous. Although you can safely function with only one kidney, we wouldn’t really recommend living like that. Your body’s kidneys are its natural filters. Their main purpose is to filter out the blood from toxins and make urine from your body’s waste. It is safe to say, without your kidneys, your body wouldn’t function the same way. This blog will help you realise how important this organ is, and why it should mean more to you than a punchline to a bad joke.

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What Is The Most Accurate Test for Lyme Disease?

November 07, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Lyme disease, is caused by the Borrelia bacterium. It is an infectious disease, spread through ticks or other insects. Most cases of Lyme disease are spread through the adult deer tick. However, the nymphal deer tick is also a common source of the spread.

 

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Influenza(Flu): How to prevent and treat infection?

November 19, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Irrespective of where you live or how old you are or even how well your general health is, chances are that you have been affected by the flu at least once in your lifetime.

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Blood Cancer Signs, Symptoms & Diagnosis

November 24, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Blood cancer, also known as hematologic cancer, is a specific type of cancer that affects the bone marrow of a person’s body.The bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside the bones in a person's hips and thighs that are responsible for developing red blood cells and for circulating oxygen throughout the body.

 

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Hepatitis B: Symptoms, Causes, Transmission & Treatments

November 25, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Hepatitis B is an infection in the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus is spread through transmission from an infected individual to a healthy individual. The spread mostly occurs through the spread of fluids such as blood, semen, or other bodily fluids that spread when the person sneezes or coughs.

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What Do Brain Tumor Headaches Feel Like?

November 28, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Brain tumors happen when abnormal cells accumulate in the brain. This causes many issues and complications for various reasons. One reason is that, first and foremost, the brain is a very vital and sensitive organ, where the smallest of damage can cause even the most life-threatening of issues.

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What Does a Blood Clot Do To You?

December 07, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Blood clots occur when the composition of a portion of the blood in your body changes from the fluid, watery, gel-like structure to a semi-solid structure. This change in form makes it difficult for the blood to pass through the veins, as it normally would.

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The Best and Worst Ways to Manage Stress

December 22, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Irrespective of whether you’re talking about physics or mental health, stress is defined as unmanageable pressure. In the sense of mental health, stress usually means that your mind has 

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Medical Lab Test Without Insurance How To Keep The Cost Low

December 22, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Medical insurance is a specific type of insurance that is used to cover the complete or partial cost of someone’s medical expenses. These expenses can range from surgeries, to hospital expenses, to even prescriptions. An insurer needs to determine the risk level of someone by assessing the risk factors of them developing a health complication in the future.

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Is Using Anti-Acne Face Wash Safe?

January 13, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Having acne-prone skin is not easy and it can sometimes feel like an unsolvable problem, however, as your dermatologist will tell you, with some care and effort you can minimize your acne-related issues. One way to help clear your skin is by using face washes that are specifically designed for acne-prone skin.

These face washes are different from regular face washes in terms of ingredients, which is a cause for concern for some people. So, if you’re worried about what an anti-acne face wash does to your skin, read on to put your mind at ease.

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The Benefits of Getting a Regular Massage

February 01, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Massages are often thought of as luxury items with people booking themselves for a massage after an accomplishment, or when they finally got that day off or that extra cash in the bank. Mostly, massages are seen as a good way to relax and blow off steam.

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Best Uses for Eye Drops

February 08, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

The eyes are the windows to the soul they say. They’re also windows into the world. We depend on them a little too much and rightfully so. Properly functioning eyes is how humankind has survived all these years.

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How to Treat a Urinary Tract Infection

February 09, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Urine is dispelled from the body as a form of waste. When we consume food and water, the body absorbs the necessary nutrients and the remainders get discarded in the form of stool or urine. Liquid waste is urine, while solid waste is stool.

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What to Eat and What to Avoid When You Have a Sore Throat

February 12, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Sore throats are one of the more common ailments that people all around the world have suffered from. Statistics show that 13 million doctor visits each year are accounted for due to sore throats. A sore throat can usually, with the proper care and attention, go away on its own.

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7 Foods That Can Cause Ulcers

February 17, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

The sores that you may have noticed that appear inside your lips or under your tongue are known as ulcers. They are also formed in the lining of your stomach, your small intestines, and even your throat. Ulcers in the stomach, small intestines, and throat are also called gastric, duodenal, and esophageal, respectively. Out of these three, the duodenal ulcer is the most common.

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What is Aplastic Anemia: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

February 24, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

What is Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia is a type of bone marrow failure. The disease is rare but extremely serious. It is a condition in which the body stops making new blood cells. The disease is commonly found amongst the lower age bracket, specifically amongst late teens and early 20s, but it can occur later on in life, too, especially amongst the elderly.

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What Does Alcohol Abuse do to the body?

March 01, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Anything in excess is poison, this phrase seems to be taken very seriously when it comes to alcohol and the effects that it can have on your body. Alcohol abuse is a wide term and includes within it a spectrum ranging from binge drinking to alcohol dependence.

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What is a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel?

March 04, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

The term metabolism is used for the chemical reactions that take place in the body’s cells to convert food into energy in order to maintain the organism’s living state. To get an idea of your body’s metabolism and chemical balance, a doctor might ask you to get a comprehensive metabolic panel. This test also goes by the following names; chemistry screen, chem 14, metabolic panel, and CBM.

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A Basic Guide to Chickenpox

March 05, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

One of the world’s most common diseases, chickenpox has plagued our earth since the late 19th century. In fact, it goes beyond that as it is a branch of the more serious smallpox virus.

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How to Increase White Blood Cell Count

March 15, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are cellular components found in the blood. They are created in the spongy tissue present inside bigger bones called bone marrow. Unlike red blood cells, they lack hemoglobin. However, they do have a nucleus. They are bigger than red blood cells, but fewer in number.

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What Different Types of Diseases do Mosquitoes Carry?

March 16, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Mosquitos are important in the disease-carrying process. Their saliva, which is transferred to a host when they bite them, can make a host very itchy and can cause discomfort in that area.

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Essentials of Nail Care

March 19, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Nail care is fairly underrated but essential for people who want healthy, beautiful-looking nails. To have healthy nails, you must pay close attention to what you’re applying to your nails because often the products that we use can do more harm than good.

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7 Ways To Treat Minor Bruises

April 05, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Bruises are a part of life. They tell you that you never really learn how to ride a bike unless you’ve fallen at least once. Until you have the bruises to match up to your experiences, did you have those experiences?

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Eating Ice: What Does it Mean and Why is it Bad for You?

April 12, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

As the summer brings with it a stroke of heat and hot weather everywhere people will try everything to cool themselves down. This includes drinking a very cool and chilling glass of lemonade. One of the main ingredients for this cold delicious glass tends to be overlooked but is key to the consumption of this drink, and that is ice.

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The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease

May 17, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Kidney diseases are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. One in three people (around 8 million total) is at risk of developing some form of kidney disease. Women are at a 2% increased risk of developing kidney diseases than men, but mortality rates are typically higher in males.

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Mild, Moderate and Severe Cases of Diabetes: Signs and Symptoms

May 18, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Diabetes is a long-standing or chronic condition wherein your body fails to either produce any insulin, adequate amounts of it, or the appropriate type of the hormone.

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Liver Disease and Liver Failure

May 25, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Your liver sits underneath your rib cage towards the right. It is one of the largest and most essential organs in the human body. Think of it as a multi-functional organ - the liver is productive and destructive. Basically, the liver is seen as a metabolic organ that either produces components for metabolism (bile) or breaks down products (uric acid).

 

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Uric Acid Test: Normal Range and Relation with Gout

May 28, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Uric acid is a heterocyclic compound that forms as a result of purine breakdown. Purine, in turn, is a nitrogen-containing compound found endogenously (inside the body) in DNA or exogenously (outside the body) in several foodstuffs such as shellfish, green vegetables, red meats, and alcohol. 

 

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Alcohol is Addictive and Destructive

June 09, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

What’s the first image that comes to your mind when you think of an alcoholic beverage? The answer probably varies from one person to the next because the fact of the matter is that drinking in America falls on a variable spectrum. You could’ve envisioned a heartwarming toast given at a graduation party or a severe and debilitating case of alcoholism.

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Muscle Weakness And Low Blood Pressure

June 14, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

The most extensively studied condition related to blood pressure is hypertension; a rise in blood pressure. However, low blood pressure or hypotension requires due attention as well. This is so because low blood pressure is vaguely defined and often misinterpreted.

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How Much Does a Brain MRI Cost?

July 02, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

According to a Statista report on Medical Technologies, the United States has the highest MRI units per million population anywhere in the world. Around 40.44 MRI units are available per unit million in the United States.

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How Much Does an Ankle MRI Cost?

July 18, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

In March of 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known colloquially as Obamacare, was signed into law by the President of the United States. It came into effect in 2014. Under Obamacare,

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How Much Does a Breast MRI Cost?

July 18, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are diagnostic modalities used in radiology to assess the physiology and pathology of an organ. Radiology is the discipline of medicine that deals with visualizing internal body functioning.

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How Much Does a Knee MRI Cost?

July 18, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Radiology refers to the medical discipline that employs the use of medical imaging to understand and thereby diagnose medical conditions. Radiology is therefore a separate branch of medicine dedicated to showing and contrasting between normal and abnormal body functioning.

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How Much Does a Hip MRI Cost?

July 18, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

A direct relationship has been established between hip fractures in the United States’ population and age. Fractures and hip pain are usually seen in older demographics, not just in the US but everywhere in the world.

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How Much Does a Head MRI Cost?

July 26, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

MRIs are relatively painless and non-invasive diagnostic procedures. The side-effects of having an MRI performed are negligible to none compared to having an x-ray. In addition, MRI’s are more precise and can be altered with contrast media and functioning systems for more detailed imaging.

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Elevated Liver Enzymes: Causes, Symptoms and Tests

August 30, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

Liver enzymes are protein structures that carry out various chemical reactions within the liver. The liver itself is responsible for several functions, including primarily detoxifying various metabolites, synthesizing proteins, and producing digestive enzymes.

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Cardiac PET Scans: Who Needs Them and Why?

September 03, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

A cardiac PET or a positron emission tomography scan is an imaging exam of your heart which uses a special dye to examine problems with your heart. The test consists of a dye and a small amount of radioactive tracer injected into areas of the heart that may be damaged or diseased.

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How PET Scans Can Help Patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia

September 13, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

 

A brain PET, or positron emission tomography, scan is an imaging exam that allows doctors to see how your brain functions. The scan captures images of the brain's activity after radioactive "tracers" have been absorbed into the bloodstream.

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CT Scan vs MRI: Differences Between Safety, Cost and Use

September 13, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

A commonly asked question is about the differences between a CT scan and an MRI scan and whether one test is better than the other.

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What's the difference between PET scan, CT scan, X-Ray and MRI?

September 23, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

There are various imaging tests that the doctor can order after a patient undergoes an injury or an illness. Doctors can use techniques such as X-ray imaging to provide a clear picture of what is wrong so that the doctor can make a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. 

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