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What is Valley Fever?

Learn more about valley fever, a strange and rare fungal infection of the lungs.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know

We spoke with an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Lyme disease, other tickborne illnesses, and tick bites. Here’s how to stay safe.

By Lauren Arcuri

How to Spot the Signs of Deadly Sepsis

Sepsis affects more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. each year. But many don’t know the signs of this deadly medical emergency.

By Sophie Ramsey

How to Help Your Doctor Help You

If you have vague symptoms that don’t seem to point to anything in particular, how can you get around to feeling better? Here’s what worked for me.

By Lauren Arcuri

Is It Really a Cold? Or Something Nastier?

What masquerades as a cold may be something more serious. This mini-checkup is designed to help you distinguish between the real thing and clever dissemblers that, if they get out of hand, could actually land you in the hospital.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

When you’re suffering from nasal congestion and fatigue, it can be tough to determine whether you have an ordinary cold or something more serious like the flu.

By Sue Byrne

Lyme Disease: Are You at Risk?

Ticks that cause Lyme disease were once considered an East Coast phenomenon—but now they are found throughout the United States. Here’s what to know.

By HealthAfter50

ATM Keypads: Bacteria Heaven

Just to be sure you’re not picking up any germs, you might want to wash your hands after withdrawing money from an ATM.

By HealthAfter50

7 Infections That Can Land You in the ER

Here’s how to lower your risk of developing a dangerous infection that could require hospitalization.

By HealthAfter50

Deadly Sepsis Cases on the Rise, CDC Reports

Sepsis can be deadly. While some patients develop the condition while in the hospital, 80 percent of cases are acquired outside of the hospital. Here’s how to stay safe.

By Diane Domina