If you think about it in a literary sense, the words “urgent” and “emergency” parallel each other in terms of their meanings. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that people interchange these words for two facilities that are very different from each other when it comes to healthcare.More
Ingrown toenails happen when the corner of a toenail grows into the flesh instead of over it, resulting in painful, red, swelling toes. While this commonly affects the big toe, it can develop in other toes as well. In case of injuries affecting one or both feet, you may even have several ingrowns simultaneously.More
With some medical conditions, you can wait for a routine doctor’s appointment to be checked out. Asthma check ups, chronic conditions and contraception discussions can all be had with your regular doctor, but some conditions just can’t wait days or weeks for treatment when you’re finding it difficult to book an appointment with your regular doctor. If you suspect you have any of the following conditions, consider seeking urgent care at a walk in clinic to avoid further complications.More
While there’s no denying that health is priceless, caring for can be extremely pricey. And nowhere is this more apparent than a visit to the emergency room. As Elisabeth Rosenthal wrote in the New York Times in 2013, even a relatively minor procedure such as stitches can cost as much as $2,200. It’s almost scary to think how more serious injuries such a bone fracture might cost.More
Weighing too much is a matter of energy balance, a matter of calories going in verses calories going out, right? Maybe not. New research and new thinking in nutrition has started shifting this idea of energy balance to a view centered on food as a whole. It may be that getting rid of those pounds does not require hours of pounding on a treadmill as much as it requires rethinking what you eat.More
If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ve probably heard people say that coffee is bad for you. In the past, many people suspected coffee of causing health problems like heart disease. Good news: modern research says that coffee is actually healthy. As long as you keep your intake under six cups a day and avoid drinking so much you get the jitters, coffee has no serious negative health effects, and it may protect you from a number of diseases. Here are just a few of the reasons you should be drinking more coffee.More
A sprained ankle is a common injury that can happen to even the most careful of people. Although it’s best to allow medical experts to treat any injuries, it’s always good to know what to do until you can get help. Experts suggest treating a sprain with the R.I.C.E. method, an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.More
Is it a Cold or Flu?
How to Tell the Difference
For as long as humans have been on Earth, viruses and infections have been present; organisms that sustain their life from our bodies. Medical knowledge has improved, helping to combat against the bodily invaders. Every year, many people around the world are affected by cold and flu symptoms. While a cold can often disappear as quickly as it started, flu can be much more severe if left untreated. Knowing whether you have the flu or a cold can help you to treat it quickly and effectively.More
The 5 Scariest Viruses
The occasional runny nose is a part of life, but the virus that causes the common cold is a triviality compared the monsters lurking at the edge of human civilization. Some viruses are like tiny assassins waiting for the opportunity to pounce and kill with excruciating pain.More
Some destinations such as Asia or Mexico may pose health risks to children. Here are steps that parents and caregivers should take to ensure that their children stay healthy on the trip.