The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade

General Health, Health Headlines
With disagreement over baby bottle chemical (bisphenol A), what’s a parent to do? While the past decade has seen great strides in medical technology, it hasn't seen solutions to all of our health problems. There were novel viruses that threatened to kill us all. There were toxins in our children's toys, and we were told to worry about the junk they were eating. Some of these threats turned out to be almost nonexistent. Others were arguably overblown. Some caused widespread harm. So what new threats have been robbing you of sleep since the annual odometer rolled over from 1999 to 2000? Here's a list from ABC News of the top ten new threats of the last ten years. 1) Swine Flu (H1N1) Since it came to public attention in the United States…
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Deaths from H1N1 vaccine = ZERO. Deaths from H1N1 illness approaching 7000.

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
As of 15 November 2009, the World Health Association (WHO) is reporting that worldwide more than 206 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6770 deaths. So, the outlandish predictions that the Swine flu vaccine would cause illness and deaths appear to be false. According to a Reuters report, The WHO is saying that the pandemic vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine used for more than 60 years. "No new safety issue has been identified from reports issued to date ... Reporting so far reconfirms that the pandemic flu vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine," Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's top vaccine expert, told a telephone conference. Governments have so far reported that 65 million vaccine doses have…
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FDA urges consumers to avoid buying H1N1 treatments online

General Health, Medical Economics
CNN is reporting that the FDA is warning Americans to "avoid buying treatments for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, online." FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said, "Products that are offered for sale online with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus must be carefully evaluated." I would say, "They must be avoided." (more…)
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Reason Two to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It Will Prevent Death

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The good news about the Swine flu (2009 H1N1) epidemic is that, so far, it's been very mild. Most of the patients I'm seeing in the office with Swine flu are no sicker than they would be with the seasonal flu. However, the bad news is that the sickest Swine flu patients require heroic measures and many are dying. This is another strong reason to be sure that you and those you love receive the Swine flu vaccine. (more…)
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Surgical masks may be as good as respirators for protecting against the flu

General Health
In an earlier blog, I told you about studies indicating that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the flu virus is what they call a “respirator.” This refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Now a new study says that simple, and far less expensive, surgical masks may be as effective. (more…)
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Are you sick and worried you have the H1N1 (Swine) Flu? This blog may save you a doctor’s visit.

General Health
During flu season this year, you might have to wait a long time in a crowded waiting room before you can see your doctor or be seen in an Emergency Room. Some people with the flu need to be seen right away. Other people can often take care of themselves at home just fine. This information may help you better understand the flu and what people like you should do. (more…)
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How to Catch the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu

Children's Health, General Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
What's the single most efficient way to catch H1N1 swine flu? OK, that's a no-brainer. Having a sick person cough directly into your face cannot be a good thing. That gives you more than a 50% chance of getting sick. But if this doesn't happen, what's the next most risky thing you could do to dramatically increase your risk of catching the Swine flu? (more…)
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Is the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe? An Update

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
I'm getting tons of emails and questions at the practice about the safety of the Swine flu vaccine (the Swine flu is now officially called the "2009 H1N1 influenza). Will it be safe? Will it cause cancer? Will it contain preservatives or adjuvants? One friend wrote: Are you taking it? Are you recommending it to your family. Here are my answers and the latest update: (more…)
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Separating Swine Flu Myths From Facts

Children's Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
With the world facing its first pandemic of influenza in over forty years, it’s easy to get caught up in all the hullabaloo that’s circulating about the swine flu. The CDC says the worst could be yet to come. So, they say, we need to prepare for a large outbreak this fall and winter as children return to school and people spend more time congregating indoors. However, to best prepare, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. More Information: (more…)
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Swine flu has summer camps scrambling! What’s a parent to do?

Children's Health, Parenting
Cuts and bug bites, sprains and bruises aren't all that children are at risk for at summer camp this year. News reports from around the country indicate that Swine flu is spreading through dozens of camps. Some have shut down. Some are delaying their opening. Others are treating campers with antiviral drugs. If you've got a child you love heading to camp or even vacation Bible school this summer, what should you know? More Information: (more…)
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How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu (or Swine or H1N1 influenza)

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
If you're sneezing, coughing and have a fever, do you know how to tell whether you've caught a cold or have the flu? At our clinic, as in clinics and Emergency Rooms all over the world, folks are calling in droves this week to ask if their symptoms might be caused by the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus. So, whether you need to know the answer now or you’re looking into it for future purposes, I can help you sort out this question. More Information: (more…)
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Swine Flu: Top 5 Reasons Your Should Not Panic

Children's Health, International Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Public health physicians and medical journalists have a tough job when it comes to informing the public about the Swine Flu as we have to walk the tightrope between informing you so that you can protect yourself and your family, and sending people into anxiety attacks. No doubt you are interested in the topic, as my blog posts on the Swine Flu on Monday, April 27 drew more hits than any blog on any day since I started blogging. So, why should you NOT panic – at least for now? More Information: (more…)
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Swine Flu: Questions and Answers

General Health
What is the Swine Flu? How do I avoid It? What do I do if I have flu symptoms? These are all questions that came into our clinic today and over the weekend. Also, you can read a couple of my other blogs: Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?, 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu (in general) or the Swine Flu (in particular), and Swine Flu: What You Need to Know. More Information: (more…)
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Swine Flu: What You Need to Know

Children's Health, General Health, International Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
As officials warn of the spread in swine flu cases across several countries around the globe, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your children from this unique virus. Also, you can read a couple of my other blogs: Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection? and 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu (in general) or the Swine Flu (in particular). More Information: (more…)
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7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu (in general) or the Swine Flu (in particular)

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Prevention of the flu, and protection from the virus, is really no different than any other cold or flu. Just remember “the simple things” are what work best – wash your hands a lot, don't shake hands or hug or kiss people if you or they are sick, don't go to work if you or others or sick (or self-qurantine yourself if you or others are sick).  More Information: (more…)
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