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Yet Another Hepatitis Outbreak

February 19, 2016

Hospitals are big. They see thousands of patients each day, many of whom need a quick dose of pain relief—a numbing shot before a simple outpatient procedure, a bigger dose before surgery, maybe a second or third dose during surgery. And here’s where things can go really, really wrong. Once or twice a year, a […]

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Having a Hep C infection increases the risk of bone loss—especially if there’s also an HIV infection. Some researchers even believe that there’s a connection between osteoporosis that occurs in old age, and the fact that the worst Hep C symptoms appear in old age (when a few decades of simmering have allowed the virus […]

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Research has found a correlation between having a tattoo and having Hepatitis C, suggesting that getting a tattoo may pose some risk for Hepatitis C transmission. Reputable tattoo parlours carefully protect against blood borne illnesses like Hepatitis C. Since the study did not control for where and how the tattoo was given, it’s possible it […]

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An independent panel for the US Preventive Service Task Force has said the benefit outweighs the cost: everyone should get screened for HIV at least once, more times if they live in a high risk group (multiple partners, an experience outside a monogamous relationship without contraception, intravenous drug users, etc.). If the recommendation is finalized […]

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Outside of the US, nano silver’s antimicrobial properties are being explored and put to use. Although it’s been used for years to purify water, it’s also being used to treat rabies in India, Hong Kong is exploring antiviral applications, dentists are creating new cavity fighting methods, and it’s being used to fight aggressive parasites. In […]

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