6 Things to Know about Pneumonia

From walking pneumonia to COVID-19 pneumonia, here are some key facts about this potentially serious condition. When you’re sick, it can be hard to diagnose yourself: Do you have a cold? The flu? COVID-19? Bronchitis? Or, could it be pneumonia? Pneumonia is a potentially serious condition: An estimated 1 million adults in the United States […]

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Common Questions About the Common Cold

The average adult can have two to three colds per year, but is there anything you can do to make the common cold a less common fixture in your health? Here’s what you need to know. The common cold has earned its ubiquitous standing — one runny nose and sore throat at a time. With […]

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10 Blood Pressure Myths and Facts You Need to Know

Does drinking alcohol raise blood pressure? What are the signs of high blood pressure? Find out the answers — and the truth behind common blood pressure misconceptions. High blood pressure affects nearly half of adults in the United States, but only 1 in 4 has it under control. Also called hypertension, high blood pressure happens […]

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8 Signs You May Need a Knee Replacement

This common procedure can help reduce pain and restore your ability to move better. But how do you know when it’s time for surgery? Knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). It’s also very common: More than 790,000 knee […]

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How Wildfire Smoke Can Affect Your Health

Even if you’re not in the direct path of the fire, the effects of wildfire smoke inhalation can cause major problems. Wildfires have caused tragic destruction along the West Coast in recent years, but when it comes to these blazes, it’s not just the flames themselves you need to worry about. Smoke from the fire […]

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What Is a Normal Body Temperature?

It’s 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, right? Not necessarily, and here’s why that matters. If you’ve ever taken your temperature only to wonder if you’re cold-blooded after getting a low reading, it could be because the standard 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is based on some very old research. “A German physician came up with 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or […]

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6 Things to Know About Lung Cancer

Whether you’re a current or former smoker — or if you’ve never smoked at all — here are essential lung cancer facts everyone should know. You probably know that smoking causes lung cancer, but even if you don’t smoke or you’ve already quit, there’s more to consider. Why? Lung cancer is the second most common […]

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How Long Does the Flu Last and Other Flu FAQs

Find out the truth about some common myths and misconceptions about influenza. If you feel like you’re coming down with something, how can you know if you have the flu? You may think it’s COVID-19 or a cold; or, if you’re throwing up, you may think it’s the stomach flu. But influenza viruses are different […]

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Meet Alexander Weber, MD

Dr. Weber is an orthopedic surgeon at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and shoulder replacement. Here’s what you won’t find on his resume. Volleyball paved the way to sports medicine. “Growing up, I played a ton of volleyball and made the Juniors National Team. My initial plan was to […]

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