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Bacterial Meningitis

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is bacterial meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the tissues and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. When bacteria cause the infection, it is called bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is…

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Bacterial Meningitis In Children

Meningitis is an infection of the tissues and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. When bacteria cause the infection, it is called bacterial meningitis.

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Bacterial Vaginosis

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection in the vagina caused by a type of bacteria (germ). The vagina normally contains a lot of “good” bacteria, called lactobacilli…

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Barium Enema

A barium enema is a procedure in which X-rays and barium are used to examine your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Barium is a liquid that can be seen on X-rays.

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Barium X-Ray Exam: Esophagus, Stomach, And Upper Intestine (Upper GI)

A barium X-ray exam is a procedure in which your personal healthcare provider uses barium liquid and X-rays to examine your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Barium is a liquid that will show up on an X-ray image. A barium exam of these organs is also called an upper gastrointestinal (GI) barium study, or upper...

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Barrett’s Esophagus

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is Barrett’s esophagus? Your esophagus is a tube that goes from your throat to your stomach. When you swallow, food travels down this tube and into your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux…

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Bathroom Safety

Bathrooms can be a dangerous part of the home. Common bathroom accidents include scalds, fainting from heat, falls, and poisoning.

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Bedbugs

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What are bedbugs? Bedbugs are oval-shaped, wingless parasites that have 6 legs and are about 1/5 of an inch (1 cm) long. They range in color from white to brown, although…

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Bell’s Palsy

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is Bell’s palsy? Bell’s palsy is a condition that partly or completely paralyzes the side of your face. In rare cases, both sides of your face may be affected. Bell’s…

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is benign prostatic hyperplasia? Benign prostatic hyperplasia (also called BPH) is a condition that affects the prostate gland in men. The prostate is a gland found between the bladder (where…

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