Keck Medicine of USC Blog | Breaking Myths and Misconceptions

What’s the Difference Between a Cold, Bronchitis and Pneumonia?

Sniffling. Coughing. Maybe a fever. Whatever it is, you feel miserable. But is it just a cold — or something mo...
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Do Concussions Increase the Risk of Stroke or Brain Cancer?

Whether from a minor car accident or a game of flag football, concussions are surprisingly common. Concussions oc...
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Can You Prevent Strep Throat?

Winter is coming — and so is the painful infection known as strep throat. Here are some recommendations to keep...
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What’s the Difference Between a Cold, Bronchitis and Pneumonia?

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Do Concussions Increase the Risk of Stroke or Brain Cancer?

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Can You Prevent Strep Throat?

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Can Cotton Swabs Cause Permanent Ear Damage?

Reaching for a cotton swab whenever your ears feel stuffed or clogged, may cause more harm than good. Like an err...
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Nerve Pain: Is It Different From a Headache?

That nagging headache may not be a headache at all, but nerve pain caused by inflamed occipital nerves. You have ...
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Prostate Exam

If you’re a man age 50 or older and haven’t had a prostate exam, you should talk to your doctor about schedul...
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Does Emergency Contraception Increase the Risk of Cancer?

Emergency contraception is available over-the-counter and is used by thousands of women each year. But does takin...
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How Dangerous Is Having an Enlarged Prostate?

About half of men older than 50 have an enlarged prostate. Here are some of the basic facts you need to know abou...
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Myth or Fact: Are Kidney Stones As Painful as Childbirth?

It has been said that passing a kidney stone is the closest a man will get to experiencing the pain of labor and ...
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Myth or Fact: Only Women Get Breast Cancer

If you guessed myth, you’re correct. Like women, men have breast tissue and, therefore, are also at risk for br...
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Do You Need To Visit Your Gynecologist Annually?

With all the various and seemingly conflicting recommendations out there, it’s no wonder there’s confusion ov...
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