From the monthly archives:

August 2012

New Tick Bite Virus

August 31, 2012

Tick bites are best known for Lyme Disease, but all over the country tick bites offer exposure to a host of viruses and parasites. A new virus, named the Heartland virus for the place of it’s discovery (Missouri) has been added to the list of possible tick bite complications. Related to the Hantavirus, the new […]

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Everyone knows the benefits of exercise: you look and feel better. You crave healthier foods, and that improves your health. You’ve got a lower risk for several diseases, especially heart disease and brain aging. But do you know how easy the benefits of exercise are to attain? 1) Exercise can be easy. It doesn’t have […]

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A new drug is promising to treat some types of autoimmune disease. Parasite eggs normally found in pig feces are being packaged in a saline water pill and given to patients with Crohn’s Disease (an inflammatory condition of the gut) and Multiple Sclerosis. Most parasites work by suppressing the immune system to one degree or […]

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The CDC has declared that the US is experiencing the largest outbreak of West Nile Virus yet (it’s only been in the country since 1999). Scientists predicted the mosquito (and tick) boom earlier this year after the mild winter lead to a population boom for the insects. Which areas have West Nile Virus? Pretty much […]

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MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae (the pneumonia superbug-CRKP) have become so common that hospitals no longer see it necessary to report it—even to the staff who work there. In Maryland, it recently came out that the National Institute of Health in Bethesda had a superbug outbreak last year—and had a very hard time containing it (although […]

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