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You wake up in the middle of the night with a scratchy, sore throat, runny nose, fever, and cough. Is it a cold or, or is it the flu? Both the common cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, and they often have similar symptoms. It can be hard to tell them apart. Your doctor can run a flu test by swabbing the inside of your nose or back of your throat, which is about the only way to know for certain.

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We don't often cover breaking news at ehealthMD, because our goal is to provide reliable health information -- and breaking news is often anything but reliable. But we're making an exception for a critical Ebola virus-related alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). CDC officials now have reason to believe that Amber Vinson, the second nurse who contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Health Hospital, may have started showing symptoms of Ebola as early as Friday, October 10, the day she flew from Dallas to Cleveland.

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Got milk? Drink up, say a group of French-Canadian researchers. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cream, cheese, and butter may play a role in helping to combat metabolic disorders such as obesity and type-2 diabetes, according to research published September 16 in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

Need another excuse to drink that cup of coffee in the morning? Do you regularly reach for a cup of green tea when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? You may be lowering your risk of stroke, if research published March 14 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association holds true. Study findings suggest that the benefits of green tea and coffee consumption may include a reduction in risk of stroke by as much as 20%.   

A daily dose of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) may help to improve memory and reasoning abilities in older people, whether or not they have mild problems with cognition. In a small randomized trial conducted by a University of Washington research team, people who received daily injections of GHRH did better on tests of mental function than those who received a fake shot, or placebo.

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I am often asked by my patient's and frequently by other patients as a second opinion, whether they need surgery after a dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint of their shoulder.

It is common now for broken bones (fractures) to be fixed with metal plates and screws or a long nail (called the "hardware"), especially if the fracture is unstable or the joint surface has been damaged and for this hardware to be left in the body.

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High blood pressure (hypertension) affects one in three adults around the world. In parts of Africa, up to 50% of the population has high blood pressure. Even in developed countries like the United States, where effective medications and interventions can help people control blood pressure, half of people who have high blood pressure don't know they have the condition.