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Biting the bullet for gunshot care costs

While it is impossible to put a price tag on the lives of people killed by guns, the cost for treating victims of gun violence is said to have run more in the billions. In fact, according to a report published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, gun violence cost the American public more. than $6.6 billion …

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world water day

Why waste water? World Water Day

“Why waste water is the theme chosen for this year’s “World Water Day,” meant to emphasize the need to reduce and reusing wastewater across the globe as part of the WASH (clean water, sanitation, and hygiene) Sustainable Development Goal Number 6. Wastewater is a valuable commodity that when properly sanitized can be used to irrigate crops, as well as in …

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Making room for more rheumatologists

Making room for more rheumatologists

Make no bones about it, musculoskeletal problems including arthritis and rheumatism (an umbrella term for more than 200 crippling disorders (i.e. neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and ankylosing spondylitis, etc.) are the leading cause of disability in America. At the same time, the prognosis is only expected to get worse according to a recent study by the American …

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AHCA called 'slap in the face for women'

AHCA called ‘slap in the face for women’

President Trump may be 70-years old and proclaim that he “loves women,” but his determination to eradicate key issues regarding health care for low- income citizens, seniors (save for seemingly rich white men) and women as part of his so-called American Health Care Act is proving once again that he “speaks with forked tongue.” In fact, support for the GOP …

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5 ways smoking can impact surgery

5 ways smoking can impact surgery

Most people are well aware that quitting smoking will not only decrease their risk of lung cancer and heart disease but also decrease their chances of developing asthma and even macular degeneration, etc. Few, however, may be aware of just how havoc the habit can wreak when it comes to ensuring successful outcomes from surgeries of all kinds, from cosmetic …

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Zika virus tied to heart trouble in adults

Zika Virus tied to heart trouble in adults

Up until now, most of the devastating effects caused by the Zika virus have centered on birth defects such as microcephaly. However, new evidence has come to light linking the mosquito- borne illness to possible heart problems in adults. The shocking discovery arose after 9 adults 30-64 years of age in Venezuela showed symptoms such as palpitations, as well as …

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Mixing good bugs in lotions for better skin care

Mixing good bugs in lotions for better skin care

It may not be pleasant to dwell on the fact that each of us is a walking, talking garden of trillions of microbes growing on our skin (not to mention in our guts and noses), there is no denying the fact that they play an important part in our overall health. This includes keeping us in tip-top condition as well …

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international women's day

International Day of Women’s lasting legacy

Women in more than 50 countries took the opportunity to continue their fight for gender equality as well as promote their cultural, socio-economic and political accomplishments Wednesday, March 8th with a show of solidarity in honor of International Women’s Day. At the same time, those galvanized by the March on Washington last January protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump as …

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Death apples and suicide trees

Death apples and suicide trees

Tree huggers beware. Not all trees are loveable. In fact, some would just as soon kill you as have you look at them, including the manchineel tree (aka the “ death apples” and “beach apple.”). Not only will the manchineel’s sap-covered reddish-gray bark reportedly cause blindness and blisters on the skin to any animal or person who has the misfortune …

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Recognizing signs of prescription drug abuse

Recognizing signs of prescription drug abuse

There is no doubt that the nation is suffering from an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Although many of us have been well schooled in the emotional and mental changes displayed by addicts, including mood swings and irritability as well as increased anger and other signs of personality changes such as avoiding eye contact, acts of deceit about where they …

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