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Torus Fracture

Torus Fracture

A common childhood injury after a fall is a radial fracture.  Also known as a torus, greenstick, or buckle fracture, this break occurs when a child reaches out with his hand to cushion a fall.  Since a child's bones are still relatively soft when compared to an adult,...

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The Good News about Anxiety

The Good News about Anxiety

Panic Attack In through the nostrils Out through the mouth Breathe breathe breathe Shake your hands You can beat this Pounding pounding pounding In your chest. Don’t keep looking out the window Its too tempting and besides- You are on the fourth floor. Okay, if you...

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What is MRSA?

What is MRSA?

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, is a bacterial infection which is becoming more frequent worldwide, largely due to the overuse of antibiotics.  What makes it problematic is that many common and widely prescribed antibiotics, such as amoxicillin and...

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Vitamin D Defiency

Vitamin D Defiency

The has been a lot of interest recently in the therapeutic benefits of Vitamin D.  This interest follows the realization that many adults, especially in northern climates, are D deficient, generally in the winter where there is less sun exposure.  With this interest...

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Conjunctivitis, A.K.A.: Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, A.K.A.: Pink Eye

Pinkeye is medically known as conjunctivitis.  Although most people think of an infection, such as a virus or bacteria, as the cause, it can also be triggered by allergies.  Symptoms usually include burning, itching and discharge. Often it is difficult to tell what is...

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Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion

I saw a patient a couple of years ago who was driving with his window down when an insect flew directly into his eye, lodging itself under his upper eyelid.  He attempted to remove it by rubbing his eye and then irrigating with tap water, but he was unable to dislodge...

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What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

Ouch!  Once you get a cold sore blister, odds are quite high that it will recur in the same spot over and over again for the rest of your life, sometimes up to a dozen times a year.  Known as herpes labialis, it is caused by the same kind of virus that causes genital...

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