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  • May 2019

    Should I see a doctor about my cough?

    Signs that a person should see a doctor for a cough include when it occurs alongside dizziness, weight loss, or fever. There are many potential causes of a cough, and some require medical attention. Learn more here.

  • May 2019

    What to know about the CO2 blood test

    Doctors use a simple blood test to determine normal or abnormal CO2 levels in the body. Imbalances in CO2 could indicate the presence of certain health conditions. Learn about the CO2 blood test, as well as how to interpret the results, here.

  • May 2019

    Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

    New research analyzing a large dataset suggests there may be a link between sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women.

  • May 2019

    What causes black mucus?

    Black mucus or phlegm is usually a sign of an underlying condition, smoking, or exposure to pollutants. It may clear up on its own, but it sometimes requires treatment. Here, find out what causes black mucus and how to treat it.

  • May 2019

    How to tell if a sore throat is from an allergy or a cold

    Allergies can cause cold-like symptoms, so it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether a sore throat is due to an allergy or a common cold or the flu. Learn how to tell the difference here. We also cover treatment and prevention.

  • Apr 2019

    What can cause frequent throat clearing?

    Throat clearing is a normal response to irritation inside the throat. However, frequent throat clearing can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Possible causes include nasal allergies, acid reflux, vocal cord growths, and tic disorders. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    What causes asthma complications?

    Asthma is a disease of the lungs that can lead to medical and lifestyle complications, including sleep problems, pneumonia, and respiratory failure. In severe cases, it can be life-threatening. Find out what can cause these complications and how to avoid them.

  • Apr 2019

    How marijuana affects the body

    Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here.

  • Apr 2019

    What can cause pain under the right breast?

    Pain under the right breast often results from muscle strain or a minor injury, and it will usually get better on its own. However, pain in this area can also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a gastrointestinal issue, infection, or chest inflammation. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    What can cause a dry cough?

    A dry cough is a type of cough that does not bring up phlegm. Dry coughs are often short-lived and rarely a cause for concern. However, a chronic dry cough can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Learn more about the causes and treatments of dry coughs here.

  • Apr 2019

    How long does it take a cold to go away?

    The cold is a common illness that usually resolves within 7–10 days. In this article, learn about what to expect, how long a cold is contagious, and when to see a doctor.

  • Apr 2019

    Is sugar the key to treating lung problems?

    Research in mouse models has revealed a surprising link between the activity of immune cells in the lungs and their ability to process simple sugars.

  • Mar 2019

    Vitamin C can cut time spent in intensive care units

    An analysis of published trials calls for research into vitamin C's effects on critically ill patients after finding it can cut time in ICU by 8 percent.

  • Mar 2019

    What can cause stomach pain when breathing?

    Stomach pain when breathing is often due to a problem with the diaphragm or the tissues in the chest cavity. Possible causes include injuries, hiatal hernia, pregnancy, pleurisy, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Learn more here.

  • Mar 2019

    Cystic fibrosis: Existing drug may improve lung function

    According to a recent study, a commonly used antifungal medication could be useful for treating lung infections related to cystic fibrosis.

  • Mar 2019

    What can cause painful respiration?

    Causes of painful respiration can include infections, injuries, and inflammation. Pain when breathing can sometimes also be due a potentially life-threatening condition, so it is important to be able to recognize signs that indicate a medical emergency. Learn more here.

  • Mar 2019

    CPR steps: A visual guide

    Knowing the steps of CPR can help save a person's life. In this article, we look at CPR steps, including how to prepare, when to use it, and which techniques to use.

  • Mar 2019

    How does smoking affect the body?

    Smoking cigarettes can affect the body in many ways, raising the risk of several serious health conditions. Learn more about the effects of smoking cigarettes in this article.

  • Mar 2019

    What is aspiration?

    Aspiration can refer to a medical condition or a medical procedure. The procedure involves a doctor using a suction tube to remove fluid from a person’s body. Pulmonary aspiration is a condition that occurs when someone inhales a foreign material, such as food or drink, into their lungs. Learn more here.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about tachypnea

    Tachypnea is a respiratory condition that results in fast and shallow breathing. Causes include a lack of oxygen or excess carbon dioxide. Learn more about tachypnea here.

  • Feb 2019

    What can cause back pain while breathing?

    Back pain when breathing can indicate an underlying health condition, such as infection, inflammation, or spinal curvature. The symptom can also signal a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. Learn more here.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about respiratory alkalosis

    Respiratory alkalosis occurs when the blood pH level is out of balance. Causes include breathing too fast, which may be a side effect of another condition. Learn more about respiratory alkalosis, including how doctors treat it, here.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about whooping cough in adults

    Whooping cough is an infection that is more common in children, but adults can also contract it. The symptoms are usually less severe in adults than in children. This article discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of whooping cough in adults.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about acute respiratory failure

    Symptoms of acute respiratory failure include shortness of breath and confusion. Causes include lung-related conditions and chest trauma. Learn more about acute respiratory failure here.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about enlarged adenoids

    Enlarged adenoids are common in children. This article provides an overview of enlarged adenoids, including how to recognize this condition, its causes and risk factors, and possible treatments.