Fri Jun 23 2017

Category: Viruses


Getting Treatment for STDs Is Essential

Posted in Diseases, Infections, Medications, Sexual Health, Viruses

They are called sexually transmitted diseases and they are embarrassing to talk about.  I know that and people who suffer from them know it.  But the bottom line is if you don't get them treated, and you don't deal with the problem and don't have your partner treated, it can cause all sorts of problems [&hellip

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MRSA and Drug Resistance

Posted in Ache / Pain, Hospital / Doctor Care, Infections, Medications, Viruses

It's only the beginning.  I hate to say that, but we are starting to see Methicillin-resistant Staphs aureus as just an extension of a bigger problem.  Drug resistance, antibiotic resistance, is a growing problem in this country.  Partly doctors are to blame because basically doctors prescribe too many medications too often, as well as the [&hellip

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Preventing the Spread of Infection in Schools

Posted in Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health, Viruses

Did you ever notice how easily infections seem to spread in schools?  Take the case of a viral infection that spread through a school in Virginia.  About one in four students and teachers developed an illness with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  The virus, called a norovirus, usually causes acute outbreaks of this type [&hellip

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Most Throat Infections Are Caused By Viruses

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Viruses

Throat infections have a variety of causes; number one on the list is a virus.  That's right, not strep.  When a lot of people think of the term strep throat, it's almost a term that we use interchangeably with throat infections, but it isn't strep in the vast majority of the cases.  In bacterial cases, [&hellip

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Combinations of Medications Found to Be Most Effective in the Treatment of Bell’s Palsy

Posted in Medications, Viruses

Lifetime odds of getting Bell's palsy are about 1 in 60, and while this facial paralysis is most likely caused by a virus, new medical research shows that antiviral agents don’t help much – unless used with another treatment

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HPV Vaccine May Prevent Cervical Cancer in Older Women

Posted in Cancer, Sexual Health, Vaccines, Viruses, Women's Health

The human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been linked to cervical cancer in many strains of this sexually transmitted disease.  The virus can be attacked by a vaccine called Gardasil which has recently been approved for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26.  Recently, there has been thinking that the vaccine should be [&hellip

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MRSA Infection Rate Is Down in the ICU

Posted in Skin, Viruses

There is a public perception that hospitals’ sickest patients – those in intensive care units – are also the ones at a high risk of contracting very serious infections.  But a new study shows that efforts to reduce that risk may be paying off.&nbsp

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Flu and MRSA Infections

Posted in Parenting & Pregnancy, Viruses

One is a viral illness responsible for an estimated 35,000 deaths every year, the other is a potentially deadly super-bug; a horrifying legacy of antibiotic overuse that is now resistant to almost every treatment today's doctor can throw at it.  Even on their own, infection with either influenza or methicillin-resistant staph aureus can lead to a grave [&hellip

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HPV and Lung Cancer

Posted in Cancer, Viruses, Women's Health

A very small study suggests that human papilloma virus, the virus that causes cervical cancer, could play a role in the development of lung cancer as well.  Researchers tested 23 samples of lung cancer from patients in Kentucky and found that six were positive for HPV, that's the human papilloma virus.  One cancer was actually [&hellip

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HIV Testing for Everyone

Posted in Sexual Health, Viruses

Another national medical society has joined the call for universal HIV screening.’ Joel Gallant, an HIV expert at Johns Hopkins, explains

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