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Health Risks of Antibiotics

Health Risks of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are most commonly used to treat bacterial infections.  Appropriately used, they significantly shorten the duration and severity of disease, and have dramatically helped increase life expectancy in the last century.  However, antibiotic use is not without...

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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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How to Save Money on Prescription Medication

How to Save Money on Prescription Medication

Economics times are tough, and cost of prescription medication can take a significant bite out of one's budget.  Many name brand prescriptions cost several hundreds of dollars for one month's supply.  Even generics, while still much cheaper than their respective name...

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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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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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