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It's Getting Hot in Here: The Fever's Magic Number

Is your child feeling sick? Well, don’t call the school office just yet! Normal body temperature is 98.6 °F, but everyone’s body temperature (adults and children) fluctuates throughout the day depending on age, activity level, and many other factors. The magic number for a fever in everyone though, no matter the age, is 100.4 °F. It’s important to know that a fever itself isn’t an illness but ...

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What To Do With The Flu

It happened again. You got the flu. Your body aches, your nose keeps running, you can barely hold food down, and you don’t want to get out of bed. All you want to do is cuddle up with a nice warm cup of chicken soup like your grandma used to make … but you’re out of paid sick time. Should you go to work and risk spreading the virus to your coworkers? Probably not. And should you even eat chicke...

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Got the Flu? Should You Go to the ER or Come to HCE?

This year, the influenza virus has run rampant throughout the country. Most states in the South— including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma— have suffered from a high density of outbreaks of the virus. Typically, the strain of influenza encountered at the beginning of the flu season is influenza A. This year, however, more cases of influenza B have been reported. Influenza B is more lik...

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Watch Out for Pneumonia!

It starts off as just an unfortunate case of the flu, but instead of feeling better you start to feel worse. You have violent chills and break out in a cold sweat. Your chest aches with pain each time you cough. Your fever keeps climbing and climbing. 100. 101. It spikes. 104. You feel hot and cold all at the same time, and you didn’t even know that was possible. You can barely breathe. What’s...

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End of Year Wellness Visits

The end of the year is fast approaching, so you should get in your wellness visits if you haven’t done them yet.           Some Examples of Wellness Visits Cancer screenings Women need to have breast cancer screenings done every one or two years after they turn 40, and men should have prostate cancer screenings every year after 45. People with a personal or family history of cancer are mo...

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Slips and Falls Are No Laughing Matter

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths and injuries among the elderly population of America? And according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of workplace accidents. Those are some pretty harrowing facts. Elderly people aren’t the o...

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The Cold's Uglier Cousin

Did you know that your “chest cold” could actually be something a little more serious? Acute bronchitis, to be precise. Bronchitis often starts off as a simple common cold, but if the cold goes untreated it can worsen into this lower respiratory infection. Bronchitis is more common in fall and winter than in other seasons. The symptoms of bronchitis are similar to those of the common cold, but ...

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Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Do you have any questions about your insurance? Not sure what different aspects of your policy mean? Hopefully, HealthCARE Express can help you to understand what it all means.   What is a deductible? This is the amount you pay for covered health care before your insurance plan starts to payout. For example, some plans may require you pay out the first $1,000 of the covered service yourself b...

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More Than A Chest Cold

Did you know that your “chest cold” could actually be something a little more serious? Acute bronchitis, to be precise. Bronchitis often starts off as a simple common cold, but if the cold goes untreated it can worsen into this lower respiratory infection. Bronchitis is more common in fall and winter than in other seasons. The symptoms of bronchitis are similar to those of the common cold, but ...

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Stay Safe Falling Back!

It’s that time of year again: the end of Daylight-Saving Time (DST). While we may rejoice at the idea of getting that blessed extra hour of sleep, the time change can have a big impact on our health! Changing our alarm clocks also forces our body’s internal clock, our circadian rhythm, to change too. Pushing our days an hour back can have an effect on both our bodies and minds.    You may not...

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