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For seniors, a higher-dose flu vaccine is more effective than the standard dose but may produce more side effects.

You’ve probably had the flu at some point in your life. And since you successfully fought it off, you may think you could do it again. So why get a flu shot?

While there is no upper age limit for LASIK surgery, you will want your ophthalmologist to determine your suitability for the procedure.

Most sources claim eyeglasses were invented in thirteenth-century Italy by an unknown inventor. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), they were worn mainly by monks and scholars. Once the printing press was invented in the fifteenth century and printed material became widely available, the popularity of eyeglasses soared.

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Heartburn. Acid indigestion. Acid reflux. These terms get tossed around whenever people have that uncomfortable burning behind the breastbone. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), 60% of Americans experience heartburn at least once a year, and up to 10% experience it daily. 

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What enjoyable activities do you plan when you visit another country? Maybe seeing interesting sights, learning about local customs, and eating exotic foods top your list. But each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the top of 750,000 people’s lists is a visit to the local hospital for medical treatment—a practice known as medical tourism.

Deer tick warning in the woods.

In the early 1970s, several children living in and around Lyme, Conn., began showing signs of a mysterious health problem with symptoms similar to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists noticed that these cases occurred during the summertime, and that most children reported having a rash at or near the area where a tick had bitten them before developing arthritis.

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The USDA has developed four easy steps to take to lower your risk of foodborne illness.

Couple learning about long-term care insurance.

Losing your independence is frightening, but your chances of becoming unable to care for yourself are high. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), almost 70% of people over age 65 will experience at least temporary functional disability at some point.

Urgent care logo on building

According to Consumer Reports On Health, surveys show that on nights, weekends, and holidays, about 73% of Americans cannot access medical care promptly. America’s health care system abhors a vacuum, so quick and convenient care options have sprung up everywhere. 

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Although a little color might make you appear robust, there is really no such thing as a “healthy” suntan. Rather, a lifetime of sun exposure can result in skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.  

Types of ultraviolet radiation