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Piedmont Health Library
Your Complete Guide to Being Well and Staying Healthy

Welcome to our Health Library, your single source for a wide range of expert health and wellness topics. At Piedmont, we believe it’s always time to get better, so this resource will allow you to search in-depth information on illness and diseases including symptoms, diagnoses and treatments.   Plus, get access to tips and up-to-date Health News to help you and your family stay well. You can even connect with Piedmont doctors and services that can help you along the way. The information – and the experts – you need, all in one place to get better and stay healthy.

Health Tip of the Day

Can You Catch a Cold From Your Pet?

Your runny-nosed cat licks you on the face and the next day you have the sniffles. Did you get it from your pet? Not likely, experts say. There are some diseases you can catch from your pet, called "zoonoses," but most viruses and upper respiratory infections aren't transmittable to humans. We carry different germs from those that inhabit our pets. But, although zoonoses are rare, there's at least one you should be aware of. It's called toxoplasmosis, and it can be transmitted from cats to people. Pregnant women should be especially careful around cats, because if they contract this disease, it can cause birth defects.