Annual Physical Examinations

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Annual Physical Examinations

The physical exam is an essential part of any doctor's visit. Surprisingly, though, there are no absolutes in a routine physical. A good doctor may be thorough or brief, but he or she will spend time listening to your concerns and providing counseling for your particular needs.

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Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men

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Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men

Testosterone is a critical hormone in the body. “In men, it’s thought to regulate sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm,” says the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Furthermore, testosterone is responsible for the deep voice in men, facial hair, improves mood, and aids in cognition. It's mainly produced by the testicles, but small amounts are made in the adrenal glands as well.

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Common Characteristics of Liver Disease

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Common Characteristics of Liver Disease

Some common liver disease symptoms include the following, each of which are described briefly below:

  • Jaundice. A yellowing of the skin and eyes.

  • Cholestasis

  • Liver enlargement

  • Portal hypertension

  • Esophageal varices

  • Ascites. A fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity.

  • Liver encephalopathy

  • Liver failure

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Everything You Should Know About Ear Infections in Adults

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Everything You Should Know About Ear Infections in Adults

Ear infections may be more common in children than in adults, but grown-ups are still susceptible to these infections. Unlike childhood ear infections, which are often minor and pass quickly, adult ear infections are frequently signs of a more serious health problem.

If you’re an adult with an ear infection, you should pay close attention to your symptoms and see your doctor.

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11 signs of dehydration you might be missing

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11 signs of dehydration you might be missing

If your New Year's resolution was ever something along the lines of "drink more water," you know how much of a struggle proper hydration can be.

Leading a busy life can sometimes turn even simple stuff like drinking enough water into a daily challenge. As a result, you might be walking around with a mild case of dehydration without even realizing it.

Here are a few subtle signs that you're dehydrated that you might be missing.

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How To Prevent the Flu | Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy

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How To Prevent the Flu | Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy

It’s that time of the year. Flu season is upon us! We are already seeing influenza cases in some St. Louis clinics. Flu season comes around regularly each fall. Unfortunately, some years it is worse than the others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year about 20,000 children younger than five years of age are hospitalized from flu complications like pneumonia.

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The 4 Best Ways To Avoid Heart Disease

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The 4 Best Ways To Avoid Heart Disease

Risks are everywhere. Every time you drive, you’re risking a car accident. Each time you have a conversation with someone, you risk a misunderstanding. In nearly everything we do, we taking a risk. Risks are unavoidable – they’re just a part of life – so the question boils down to what you do with those risks.

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