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The Flu's Uglier Cousin

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 wrong with you? Pneumonia. Pneumonia, an infection in one or both of your lungs, can be caused b...

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Be The Light Festival

RSVP Today to Reserve your Free Lantern RSVP Today to Reserve your Free Lantern Come join us, HealthCARE Express, for a night of fun, festivities, and giving at the Be the Light Festival as we celebrate being part of the community for 12 years! This event will be taking place on January 23, 2018 at Eagle Hall on the Texas A&M campus from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To get in, we only ask that you bring a donation to one of the charities we are supporting at the event. Though, for every donati...

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Bane of Babies

The winter season brings with it many different illnesses. Illnesses such as the cold and flu become increasingly common as the weather gets colder, but along with them comes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Just the name of that virus may send a shiver down the spines of many of you. Even though RSV usually just presents itself with the symptoms of a cold— if it shows any symptoms at all— it can be pretty dangerous.   RSV usually only presents real symptoms in older children and adults. ...

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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 chicken soup? You’re not too sure. What are you supposed to do when you have the flu? What are you not sup...

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Shingles

I’m sure you’ve all heard that once you get chickenpox you’ll never get it again, and while that’s true, if you came down with chickenpox in the past it’s possible that you may eventually find yourself with a case of shingles. Shingles is most common in the elderly, but can develop in children and young people if they have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant in your body even after you recover from it, so it is possible that it can resurface in the form of shingles. Shingles, t...

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Bronchitis - Moore, OK

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 bronchitis does present some symptoms that the cold does not.   Symptoms of Bronchitis -Sore or a...

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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 pay out. For example, some plans may require you pay out the first $1,000 of the covered service yourself before the insurance company will start coverage. Deductibles often reset after a year. This amou...

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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 more at risk of developing cancer -Mortality rates for people diagnosed with cancer who are re...

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What Does It Take To Work Off That Holiday Food?

It’s really easy to pack on the pounds during the holiday season. There is so much food to eat, and much of it isn’t exactly the healthiest. It’s hard to work off those holiday pounds, especially if you don’t know how many calories you need to burn. Here are a few holiday staples and their caloric values, as well the amount of exercise it would take to burn off those calories.   Thanksgiving Food: Turkey Leg: 417 calories -Walk: 1 hour, 56 minutes -Jog: 48 minutes     Dressing/Stuffing...

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This Sickness Kisses and Tells -Longview

Infectious mononucleosis, or simply “mono,” is a disease most commonly associated with teenagers and young adults. This is due to the stigma of mono being the “kissing disease.” It’s called this because it is transmitted through infected people’s saliva, so it is possible to contract it through kissing. Despite its nickname, though, it is far more common for people to get mono through sharing drinks or eating utensils than kissing.   Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (a type of herpe...

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