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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
What Parents Should Know About the Summer Surge of RSV Cases

What Parents Should Know About the Summer Surge of RSV Cases

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Photo: SUKJAI PHOTO (Shutterstock)As we are all grappling with the summer surge of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant, there is also another virus that has been circulating widely, called respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV). RSV is an incredibly common respiratory virus, one that usually circulates between October and February. But with this year’s early…
How to Protect Your Ears From Tinnitus, Because the Damage May Have Already Begun

How to Protect Your Ears From Tinnitus, Because the Damage May...

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve stayed fit and (relatively) sane through daily walks around my neighborhood, listening to my favorite true crime podcasts and K-pop songs. One afternoon in the spring of 2020, however, I started to hear a ringing in my right ear. I had developed tinnitus: the perception of sounds in…
New Data Shows Not Getting Vaccinated in Pregnancy Is the Riskier Choice

New Data Shows Not Getting Vaccinated in Pregnancy Is the Riskier...

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Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock)The COVID vaccines have always been an option for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, as well as those who are breastfeeding. But at first, data was lacking, and pregnant people were kind of on their own to make a decision whether to get the shot or not. Now, multiple…
How to Get Exactly What You Want at a Botox Appointment

How to Get Exactly What You Want at a Botox Appointment

Photo: G-Stock Studio (Shutterstock)When you see someone with facial injectables you don’t like, there’s something you need to remember (besides the fact that your opinion on someone else’s aesthetic enhancements isn’t relevant): For everyone with exaggerated filler or too-frozen Botox you spot in the wild, there are dozens more people walking around with work so…
How to Start Dating Again If You’re Unvaccinated

How to Start Dating Again If You’re Unvaccinated

The post-vax slutty summer is happening all around us, but some participants aren’t actually post-vax. The vaccine has been free and widely available for months now, but about half the population still isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. A portion of those unvaccinated people is still interested in dating and if you’re part of it, we have…
What You Should Know About Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID Vaccines

What You Should Know About Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID Vaccines

Photo: aijiro (Shutterstock)Some people who got the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (the one-dose vaccine) have developed a condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. It’s happened often enough that the FDA has asked them to add a note about this to the patient fact sheet, but it’s still not considered to change the risk/benefit balance of…
How to Spot and Treat a Chlorine Rash

How to Spot and Treat a Chlorine Rash

Photo: Kateryna Mostova (Shutterstock)Pools are pretty gross when you think about it. And as much as we may not love the idea of swimming in a bunch of chemicals—in this case, chlorine—that’s probably preferable to whatever else would be stewing in there without them. So, yes, chlorine is necessary and important, but that doesn’t mean…
Should Vaccinated People Mask Up Against the Delta Variant?

Should Vaccinated People Mask Up Against the Delta Variant?

Photo: Mladen Mitrinovic (Shutterstock)Los Angeles County recently asked residents to start wearing masks in public again, due to the increased risk posed by the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Days later, the CDC director said that vaccinated people are still “safe” and still don’t need to mask up in most public settings.…
Plant These Hay-Fever-Friendly Flowers to Cut Down on Summer Sneezing

Plant These Hay-Fever-Friendly Flowers to Cut Down on Summer Sneezing

Photo: aphotostory (Shutterstock)Allergies are, quite literally, irritating. They turn what’s supposed to be your serene outdoor space into a sneeze-inducing hellscape. In the United States, approximately 19.2 million adults and 5.2 million children have allergic rhinitis—better known as hay fever, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.But the good news is that there…
What the CDC’s New Mask Rules Mean for the Immunocompromised, and What That Means for Everyone Else

What the CDC’s New Mask Rules Mean for the Immunocompromised, and...

When I wrote about what it means to be immunocompromised in early March of this year, I was itching to get vaccinated. People are immunocompromised for a variety of reasons—genetics, age, metabolic diseases like diabetes, and immune-suppressing medications taken for conditions including autoimmune diseases, organ transplants, and cancer—but what we all have in common is…

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