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Lyme in Iceland too?

By now, we are all too aware that chronic Lyme disease can be found in 80 countries worldwide, affecting tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions around the globe. We know that chronic Lyme disease is the New Great Imitator, imitating 350+ conditions...

Vaccines Are Undervalued And Underappreciated And Who Is To Blame?

Vaccines are one of the most successful scientific breakthroughs and most cost-effective health investments in history. In fact, with the exception of safe drinking water, vaccine is widely considered to be the greatest medical invention of modern civilization....

Zika: WHO declares the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern

According to a World Health Organization statement Friday: The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding microcephaly, other...

Avian influenza update: What is the latest?

Various strains of avian influenza, or bird flu has reared it’s ugly head throughout Europe, South Asia and Israel. One of the best sources on the happenings with avian influenza worldwide is Avian Flu Diary, a blog covering pandemic and seasonal...

Liver flukes, Vietnam Vets and cholangiocarcinoma

Veteran’s Day prompted a flurry of stories on bile duct cancer, or chlolangiocarcinoma and Vietnam veterans after the Associated Press discovered hundreds of patients in recent decades and the large number of claims denials by the Department of...

Ocular syphilis: One half of patients are HIV+

Fifty one percent of ocular syphilis cases reported in 2014-2015 were HIV positive, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Friday. Although syphilis is nationally notifiable, ocular...

Impetigo: Treatment, control and prevention

In a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consumer update published today, officials discuss the treatment, control and prevention of the bacterial infection, impetigo. Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection that can produce blisters or sores anywhere...

Halloween: CDC warning about decorative contact lenses

With Oct. 31, or Halloween,  just around the corner, public health officials want to remind you about protecting your eyes against serious infections with advice about the use of decorative contact lenses  with your costume next Monday. The Centers...

Seven foods that are bad for joint pain and arthritis

Arthritis is the term used to describe conditions which affect joints and tissues around the joints. Joints are found wherever bones join in the body, e.g. wrists, fingers, ankles, elbows, knees and so forth. This comes with a lot of pain which sometimes...

Zika funding: CDC announces an additional $70 million available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing the availability of about $70 million in supplemental funding to states, cities, and territories to support continued efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus. The funding, distributed...
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