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Prevention of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Prevention of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea is a frequently encountered intestinal condition that occurs when a visitor to a third world country ingests food or water infected with a micro-organism that the traveler does not have an immunity to.  The condition is characterized by at least...

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Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Summertime draws area residents and visitors alike for a swim in our beautiful lakes, rivers and pools,  to cool off from the daytime heat.  While most outings are relaxing and uneventful, waterborne intestinal, respiratory and skin infections can ruin the best...

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Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

Although medical practitioners have long recognized the role that Vitamin D plays in one's health, only recently have we become aware of how many people are deficient in this essential vitamin.  About two-thirds of individuals worldwide suffer from Vitamin D...

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Four Serious Causes of Headache

Four Serious Causes of Headache

We will all had a least one headache during our lifetime, with most of us having multiple episodes. Usually Tylenol or ibuprofen paired with rest, massage, ice or heat will generally help relieve our symptoms. Sometimes, such as with a migraine, we will need to take a...

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How to Know if a Concussion is an Emergency

How to Know if a Concussion is an Emergency

Impact to the head can cause a "brain bruise", or concussion.  Only about 10% of people who have a concussion actually get knocked out, while most will have other symptoms which occur alone or in combination.  Common complaints include headache, dizziness, confusion,...

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

I saw a patient a few weeks back who was brought in by her dad presenting with a typical medical dilemma...is the patient's abdominal pain appendicitis or not?  Unfortunately, there is usually not an obvious answer; the diagnosis is usually made by reviewing a...

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