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Is A Heart Murmur Something To Be Concerned About  1024x682, Health Channel

Is a Heart Murmur something to be concerned about?

Heart murmurs are sounds made by blood moving through the valves that control the flow of blood between the chambers of the heart or to the major blood vessels leaving the heart.  They are usually described as a “whooshing” sound, occurring at a certain point during the “lub-dub” cycle of each heartbeat.  Last week we ...
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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

What do Michael J. Fox, Mohammed Ali, and more than a million people in the U.S. have in common? All have a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system known as Parkinson’s disease. It is named after the English doctor James Parkinson, who in 1817 called the disease “shaking palsy”, after one of the condition’s ...
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Is it dangerous to exercise extreme heat?

This summer has seen record breaking heat, particularly in the northeast part of the U.S. Based on news reports, this summer may set a record for heat-related illness and deaths also.  Heat-related illnesses (e.g., heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, or heatstroke) can develop when high temperatures overwhelm the body’s natural ability to dissipate heat.  ...
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What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags, known in medical terms as “acrochordons” or “fibroepithelial polyps”, are very common benign skin growths affecting over half of the general population at some time in their lives.  They most commonly occur in skin folds, especially in the neck region, armpits, and groin.  Other common areas for the development of skin tags include ...
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What are effective home remedies?

Taking a cue from a Guy Clark song in which he sings the praises of practical possessions, such as his “ol’ blue shirt” and his “used car”, today’s Health Tip focuses on simple, yet effective home remedies. Honey for children’s cough. Treatment options for symptomatic relief of a cough associated with colds are fairly limited.  ...
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How Can West Nile Disease Be Avoided  1024x682, Health Channel

How can West Nile Disease be avoided?

Over the past decade, the incidence of West Nile virus disease (WNV) was highest in 2006 when 4269 cases were reported with 177 deaths attributed to this illness.  This year, a total of 693 cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), resulting in 26 deaths.  While these numbers are ...
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What Is Hantavirus And Who Is At Risk  1024x682, Health Channel

What is Hantavirus and who is at risk?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that up to 10,000 people who visited Yosemite National Park this summer were at risk for developing an infection caused by Hantavirus.  Most of these potential victims stayed in the Park’s tent-cabins that, unbeknownst to Park authorities, had been infested with mice that carry the potentially fatal ...
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What is Actinic Keratoses?

Following the abuse a summer’s worth of sun can deliver to the skin, now is a good time to review the features of a common skin condition related to ultraviolet exposure, actinic keratosis (AK). This is particularly important since AKs are considered to be pre-cancerous with a certain percentage of them advancing into squamous cell ...
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