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The Best Ways to Repel Mosquitoes in the Age of Zika

In the age of Zika, knowing which insect repellents are safe and effective, is more important than ever. Here's a quick review.

Sex, Blood and Zika – The Plot Thickens

The more we learn about Zika the worse it gets. The latest is sexual transmission of the disease via an asymptomatic partner.
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Zika May Harm Adult Brains, Too

A new study shows that Zika virus infects adult brain cells suggesting that the consequences of the infection may be far greater than previously thought.

The HOPE Act Expands Options for People Needing Transplants

The passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act and its successful implementation to date should help more people realize solid organ transplantation.

Why Antibiotics May Make You Fat

The overuse of antibiotics has been shown to reduce healthy microbe flora in the gut, leading to an increase in weight
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How to Avoid Getting a Spa-related Skin Infection

While it’s important that we indulge in these luxurious treatments, we must proceed with caution.
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Global Travel, Climate Change, & the Spread of Infectious Disease

Species migration & global climate change are not new, but in this present moment, they are amplified by global travel in a singular manner.
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Should Antibiotics Be Given After an Abcess is Drained?

The abscess cure rate in a group of patients receiving antibiotics was about 93% compared to 86% in the placebo group, a statistically significant difference of 7 percentage points.
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One Tough Year in My Life with Sacral Agenesis

After 4 surgeries in 7 months complicated by infections, Julie Hemker, born with sacral agenesis, needs a break to focus on herself, rest, and get better.
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Pediatric Osteomyelitis Not Due to Infection

Three years ago, my granddaughter developed CRMO, a rare pediatric auto-inflammatory osteomyelitis. Here's her story (it has a good ending!).
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Do You Believe in Medical Miracles?

Hysterical answers to the question: How are atheists able to live with themselves after seeing people being healed in churches like in the following videos?

Should Male Circumcision Be Banned?

Male circumcision has been routinely performed on infants for many years, but now <18 U.S. states have eliminated Medicaid coverage for the procedure. Has politics gotten ahead of the science?