5 Tips for Surviving Shots

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Do shots make you nervous? You’re not alone. Lots of people dread them because they have a very real fear of needles. So next time your doc asks you to roll up your sleeve, try these tips: Distract yourself while you’re waiting. Bring along a game, book, music, or movie — something you’ll get completely caught ….  Read More

All About Orthodontia

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Why Do People Need Braces? Braces are a common and almost expected part of growing up (and many adults get braces, too). To better understand why braces and other orthodontic devices are needed, it helps to talk a bit about the teeth first.   As you made your way through childhood, your “baby” teeth fell out one by ….  Read More

Anesthesia – What to Expect

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Different Kinds of Anesthesia If you’re having any kind of procedure or surgery, it’s understandable to be a little uneasy. You probably have plenty of questions about everything, including anesthesia — like how the anesthesia is given and what you will experience.   What happens depends on the type of procedure you’re getting and the kind of ….  Read More

Blood Types

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Blood transfusions are a lifesaving treatment for many Americans. Blood transfusions are needed for many reasons, including surgery, after accidents, and for patients with chronic illnesses and cancer. Blood cannot be artificially made, so doctors rely on volunteer donations. To keep the blood supply safe, every donation is tested for blood type and checked for infectious diseases. What Are the Components ….  Read More

Chemotherapy

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What Is Chemotherapy? Chemotherapy (often called “chemo”) is treatment with medicines that stop the growth of cancer cells.   How Does Chemotherapy Work? Chemotherapy (pronounced: kee-mo-THER-uh-pee) works by killing cells that are dividing. Most cancer cells divide quickly so they are more likely to be killed by chemotherapy. Some normal cells that divide quickly can also be ….  Read More

Gyn Checkups

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What Are Gyn Checkups? Gynecology (“gyn” for short) is a medical field that focuses on the female reproductive system. A gyn checkup is a yearly health check — like a regular eye exam or dental checkup.   Doctors often call gyn checkups “well woman visits” because they’re designed to keep you healthy by catching small issues ….  Read More

Physical Therapy

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What Is Physical Therapy? Physical therapy helps people get back full strength and movement in key parts of the body after an illness or injury. Physical therapy doesn’t just help a person rebuild strength and range of motion, though — it also can help someone manage pain, whether that pain is caused by bad posture, an ….  Read More

Testicular

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Why Do I Need a Testicular Exam? Medical exams are usually pretty straightforward. Many parts of the exam make sense to most guys: The scale is used to weigh you, the stethoscope is used to listen to your heartbeat.   For other parts of your body, the doctor’s sense of touch and training are the ….  Read More

The Flu Vaccine

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If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how bad it can make you feel. To help skip all that misery — as well as possible health problems from the flu — doctors recommend that all teens get a flu vaccine every year.   Why Get the Flu Vaccine? The main reason to get vaccinated ….  Read More