Category Archives: Protecting Your Family

New York Legionnaires’ Outbreak Infects 86, Kills 7

Wow! Who would expect to contract Legionnaire’s disease by walking along outside? Yet, that’s what happened in New York that has infected 86 people, and more are expected to be infected. The disease has killed seven people who had other health issues. Background on Legionnaires’ Disease Air-conditioning and water cooling towers for large buildings seems to be an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria. Because the disease is airborne, it only takes inhaling the contaminated mist to contract the disease. Sadly, […]

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Using Antibiotics Wisely

You’ve probably heard about superbugs, the deadly infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Each time that we use antibiotics incorrectly, we make the superbugs stronger. We’re not just putting ourselves at risk, but we also put our children and future generations at risk. Here are some ways that you can start using antibiotics more wisely. Do you really need an antibiotic? Many mild infections clear up on their own without treatment. There’s little difference in the recovery timeframe. Waiting before […]

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Chagas Disease Reported in Houston, Texas

The recent report of a new “killer” bug that leads to Chagas disease in Houston, Texas is creating alarm in the health arena. While the origin of the disease is Latin America, it’s almost impossible to contain a disease to one physical location. Ebola was proof of how difficult it is to keep a disease contained. Chagas is caused by the triatomine bug. Initial flu-like symptoms that include fever, aches, diarrhea and vomiting are often mild. However, the parasite that […]

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Medical Errors Killing Americans

The Leapfrog Group conducts research each year that evaluates hospital safety procedures and associated errors. In their 2013 news release, they said that medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the U.S. While the 2015 research showed safety improvements, changes didn’t have much impact on preventing medical errors. Mistakes can have devastating or even fatal consequences. CNN reported the top mistakes as: Treating the wrong patient Surgical tools left inside a patient during an operation Lost patients (dementia […]

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Ebola is Back

Just a short year ago, the Ebola virus raised its ugly head. Because there’s no vaccine and little treatment for this virus, fatalities are frequent. It sent fear rippling throughout the world. You can’t breathe a sigh of relief yet because Ebola isn’t on the backburner. Another American healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola. The name and gender of the infected person hasn’t been released. But, we do know that they have been flown to Maryland for treatment. […]

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Measles Outbreak Continues

The measles outbreak continues to spread to additional states. Climbing past 100 cases, it’s on pace to exceed the 644 cases of measles in 2014. While vaccinations have kept the number of cases in the U.S. low, measles is common in many other countries. Now, we’re finding that many children haven’t been vaccinated. It’s been years since most Americans have had to deal with this highly contagious disease, so this is a good time for symptom and care reminders. When […]

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Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease

Infectious disease is one of the leading causes of deaths among children, adolescents and adults throughout the world. Sixteen percent of all deaths each year globally are attributed to treatable diseases. That figure is likely higher in 2014 due to the deaths from Ebola. However, significant advances in medicine and technology have made it possible to prevent many of these deaths. Here are some developments that have made a major impact: Patient Scrubs™ While the majority of infectious disease deaths […]

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Protecting Your Child from Infectious Diseases

Reading about the Enterovirus D-68, influenza and other infectious diseases strikes fear in every parent’s heart. Parents are willing to put their life on the line to save their children from harm. Yet, it feels like so much is out of our control. Here are some ways to help protect your children. Immunizations such as the flu shot can help guard against the severity of influenza. But what about Enterovirus E-68. There are no vaccines for that, and some states […]

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