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Are there any screening tests for lung cancer?

Are there any screening tests for lung cancer?

Most people are aware of the many lives that have been saved through early detection and treatment of cancer. A good example of this is regular Pap screening which has decreased cervix cancer mortality by at least 80%. Why then do we not hear much about screening for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer ...
What is MERS?

What is MERS?

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory illness occurring almost exclusively in countries in the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 30% of those individuals who developed MERS have died from its complications. Recent reports of MERS occurring ...
How do I manage lower back pain?

How do I manage lower back pain?

It is estimated that approximately 80% of us will develop back pain at some point in our lives. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, estimates that approximately 27 million Americans are affected by back pain each year. Misinformation and misunderstanding about back pain abounds. The following are a number of the “myths” surrounding back ...
How do I treat Poison Ivy?

How do I treat Poison Ivy?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 85 percent of the population will develop an allergic reaction if exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac. The cause for the rash, blisters, and infamous itch is urushiol (pronounced yoo-Roo-shee-all), a chemical in the sap of these plants. Avoiding direct contact with the plants reduces the ...
How do vaccines work?

How do vaccines work?

 The first vaccine was developed by Edward Jenner in 1796 as a means of preventing smallpox. Currently, vaccines to protect us from around 27 diseases are available in the U.S., with more under development. Immunization is the process in which vaccines are administered to help develop resistance or immunity to disease. In the medical ...
What are side effects of vaccines?

What are side effects of vaccines?

Last article, normal immune function and how vaccines work were discussed. Before vaccines, the only way to become immune to a disease was to survive having it, a process known as “natural immunity”. In the process of developing natural immunity, however, symptoms of the disease, along with its potential complications, were experienced. Immunity developed through ...
Is antibacterial soap really necessary?

Is antibacterial soap really necessary?

Every day, millions of people use soaps and body washes that are labeled as being antibacterial or antimicrobial. Much of the proliferation of these products appears to be due to the marketing efforts of their manufacturers. Makers of these products have convinced us that using these products demonstrates concern for our family’s welfare as well ...
Are all dietary supplements safe?

Are all dietary supplements safe?

“One man’s meat is another man’s poison…” – Lucretius, 1st century BC Recently, a friend of mine ended up in the emergency department a few days after starting a dietary supplement that she assumed was safe since it could be purchased without a prescription. What she didn’t realize is that many supplements, just like prescription ...

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