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Can the Flu Heighten My RA Symptoms?

When you get the flu or a bad cold, you feel awful any way. But when you have RA, everything can be heightened. How do you know whether a symptom is because of RA or the flu, and which do you treat?

What Does It Mean To Have Decreased Lung Capacity?

Lung capacity can be drastically decreased by respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma. Learn more about the complications of having a reduced lung volume.

Is 81 mg/dL A Normal Blood Sugar Level?

I woke up this morning with a massive headache. After 3 cups of coffee, I still had the headache. I just checked my blood sugar, and it was 81. Is this normal?

Diet for Pancreatitis

When you are recovering from pancreatitis, your doctor may put you on a soft, bland diet. Expect to load up on foods like applesauce and scrambled eggs, and to avoid spicy foods.

How Much Protein Should My Child Have?

Children actually need more protein per pound of body weight than adults because they are in a stage of growth and development during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. But is there such a thing as to much? Find out how much they should be having for their age?

Does Blood Pressure Go Up When You Get Sick? Does It Go Back Down When You Are No Longer Sick?

Does your blood pressure go up when you get sick? Find out how a cold, the flu, and over-the-counter medicines can cause stress and affect your blood pressure.

Can High Blood Pressure Cause You to Feel Sleepy or Tired?

Blood pressure medications have many side effects that could affect sleep and cause fatigue. Learn how high blood pressure might cause tiredness.

Are Collagen Supplements Good or Bad for You?

Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, so there is a huge market for collagen supplements. But should you be taking them?

All the Symptoms but Negative Tests

I recently saw the following question: I have all the symptoms for diabetes but the test always comes back negative. Why? My reply: If you have symptoms of diabetes, it’s almost 100% likely that testing for diabetes will be positive.

Will Melatonin Supplements Help Lull You to Sleep?

If you’re over the age of 40, your natural melatonin has slowed production. So why not turn to a melatonin supplement as a replacement? Well, for starters, there’s little evidence that shows its worth as a sleep aid.