Head Lice
23Sep, 2016

Head Lice Prevention Month

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September means back to school, and also means children are entering what is likely the best breeding ground for lice. As such, it makes perfect sense that September is National Pediculosis Prevention Month and Head Lice Prevention Month. While education on the topic has dispelled this myth, it bears repeating that lice and nits are not only a problem for people with poor hygiene habits. Everybody is susceptible to a case of head lice, or body lice for that matter. That said, people who do not wash themselves or their […]
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child cancer doctor
13Sep, 2016

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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It is devastating to hear that any family member has cancer. It is especially heartbreaking when the loved one who receives this diagnosis is a child, which is why September has been declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. While the statistics are grim, it is important to print them so we all know how critical it is to continue to fund research and treatment centers for both the children and their families. Some facts about childhood cancer: Every day, 43 children are diagnosed, and 12% of them will not survive. The […]
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20Aug, 2016

You can guard against Salmonella Poisoning

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The mere mention of Salmonella on the news is enough to turn heads. People immediately want to know what restaurant or what brand of food has been contaminated. There is no shortage of information about salmonellosis, yet year after year there are reports of outbreaks. Perhaps the first important bit of information is that there is no vaccine for salmonellosis. Next is that if a case of Salmonella is not treated properly, a person can become very sick or even die. But there is good news…There are several common-sense precautions […]
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7Aug, 2016

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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The days of roaming barefoot and free through summer afternoons are almost over, which means millions and millions of children will be back in school…that is, back in confined spaces with more than 20 other kids at a time. It’s the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of viral and bacterial illnesses. It’s no wonder that August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), according to the CDC. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (you guessed it, NPHIC). NPHIC worked with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization […]
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23Jul, 2016

What is a wart?

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A wart is generally a small sized growth appearing on a person’s hands or feet. They look like a solid blister or a small cauliflower. Warts are usually not smooth but rather have a rough texture and are caused by viruses, particularly one of several kinds of HPV (human papillomavirus). The virus causes keratin to grow too fast forming a growth on the top layer of skin. What are the different types of warts? Verruca Vulgaris (Common Warts) Common warts have a rough surface. They are firm and raised and may have a […]
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Juvenile Arthritis
6Jul, 2016

Juvenile Arthritis

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What is Juvenile Arthritis? Juvenile arthritis or JA isn’t a disease in itself. JA is also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, of which JA is a broad term used for the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases, usually with children under 16 years of age. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Many types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth. However, each type of JA is distinct and has its own symptoms. Different types of juvenile arthritis affect the musculoskeletal systems, […]
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zika virus
22Jun, 2016

Zika Virus – What is it?

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As the northern hemisphere enters the summer, there have been more and more news stories about the Zika virus. Considering that a mosquito bite is a summer rite-of-passage for children and adults alike, a virus that is transmitted in this way can be cause for fear or, at the very least, concern. However, for most of the population, contraction of the Zika virus won’t be fatal. In fact, most people won’t need to go to the hospital, or even know they’ve been infected! The common symptoms of Zika are fever, […]
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what is aphasia
9Jun, 2016

What is Aphasia?

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Aphasia is a communication disorder that is caused by damage to the brain. What is Aphasia and what causes it? The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, particularly in the elderly, but can also be the result of infections, brain tumors or head trauma. Aphasia can be severe enough to affect the ability of the patient to produce or comprehend speech, making communication nearly impossible. Or it can be mild enough that the symptoms are difficult to identify. Since Aphasia is caused by injury to the part of the […]
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what is a hernia
20May, 2016

What Is A Hernia?

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Hernias affect many more people than one might imagine. In fact, while the sufferer is in a tremendous amount of pain, he or she might not know why. And since June is National Hernia Awareness Month, it seems appropriate to share some basic information about the injury that affects millions. What is a hernia? A hernia occurs when part or parts of an organ slides through a weak area or tear in the wall of the organ. It most commonly occurs in the intestines or abdominal region, but it can […]
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lupus diagnosis
8May, 2016

Lupus – What Is It?

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May has been defined as the National Lupus awareness month. Lupus is a disease that arises within connective tissues of the body, where the immune system starts to attack the tissues and organs. Since this is an inflammatory disease, it would cause an inflammation within your body as well. From the recent studies, it has been identified that lupus is more prevalent among women than men. This is not a contagious disease, so you cannot compare it with other deadly diseases such as HIV and cancer. However, Lupus has attacked […]
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