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Posted by Dr. Julia Tortorice
Every day, people navigate a world dealing with invisible threats – germs lurking in unexpected places, just waiting to make them sick. These germ-laden areas pose potential risks to their health. Awareness and proactive hygiene practices are essential for mitigating these risks. Surprisingly commonplace items like kitchen sponges can collect more bacteria than expected, emphasizing the importance of understanding and addressing germ hotspots in everyday environments such as: Public Transportation Public transportation systems, such as buses, trains, and subways, serve as bustling hubs of activity where germs can quickly multiply due to the proximity of passengers and high traffic. Hotspots: Handrails, seat handles, ticket machines, and other frequently touched surfaces within public transit vehicles are prime breeding grounds for germs, accumulating microbes from numerous individuals. Safety Tips: To minimize the risk of germ transmission, individuals should utiliz...

Posted by Mary Thompson
As we get ready to bask in the warmth of summer sunshine and embrace the beauty of the great outdoors, it is essential to remember that the risk of heat exhaustion comes with all that fun in the sun. However, with some know-how and handy tips, we can stay cool, calm, and collected even on the hottest days. So grab yourself a refreshing drink, find a shady spot to relax, and dive into everything you need to know about beating the heat with summer right around the corner. Understanding Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion is a condition that occurs when the body becomes overheated due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures and inadequate hydration. It typically occurs when the body cannot cool itself efficiently, often due to excessive sweating and dehydration. Heat exhaustion is a serious condition that can lead to more severe heat-related illnesses if left untreated, so it is essential to recognize the symptoms and take appropriate action. Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion ...

Posted by Dr. Julia Tortorice
It may not come as a surprise that the United States is the country that spends the most on prescription drugs by far. How many prescriptions are filed annually in the U.S.? According to the National Library of Medicine, prescription drug use in the United States reached a record high in 2020. 6.3 billion prescriptions, or approximately 19 prescriptions per American, were filed that year. To shed more light on prescription drug use in America, the team at NY Requirements analyzed U.S. drug prescription statistics to create this list of the 50 most prescribed drugs in the United States: Click here to download the printable PDF version of the chart. What is the Most Prescribed Drug in the United States? The most prescribed drug in America is atorvastatin. The most common brand name for atorvastatin is Lipitor. What is atorvastatin used for? Atorvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol, which in turn helps prevent heart disease and symptoms of heart disease ...

Posted by Mary Thompson
It's the middle of the day, and you've just finished eating lunch with your friends, and suddenly you hear yourself go, "Hic!" and you think to yourself, "Oh no, I've got the hiccups again?" and you try every secret way to stop them because sometimes it feels like they will never go away. But have you ever wondered where those funny noises come from? And why do they happen? This blog will explore the symptoms, causes, and home remedies for hiccups. To understand why you sometimes make random, funny noises, you should know that everything your body does has a reason behind it. Hiccups are caused by your diaphragm, a part of your body responsible for many of your bodily functions. Why do Hiccups Happen? The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle in charge of respiration at the bottom of your chest, right below the lungs. It works by contracting itself rhythmically and continually. So, every time you breathe in air, the diaphragm contracts and flattens,...

Posted by Dr. Julia Tortorice
Drug overdose deaths are an epidemic in the United States. In 2021, more than 106,000 Americans died from a drug-involved overdose, and more than 75% of these deaths involved opioid drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose deaths overall in the United States increased by 14% between 2020 and 2021. While the United States as a whole is seeing an increase of drug overdose deaths, some states' death rates are rising more quickly than others. The NYRequirements.com team examined data from the CDC through the years to determine which U.S. states have seen the biggest increase in drug overdose deaths through the years. See which states' drug-related deaths have increased the most between 2017 and 2021. Click here to download the printable PDF version of the chart. Which States Have Seen the Biggest Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths? Based on the data from the CDC, the state that has seen the biggest incre...