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Valley Fever Awareness – Part 2
I found another article to share as a follow up to the Valley Fever article by Eric Schwerin. The article below was written by the CDC to bring awareness to the dangers of Valley Fever as well as signs, symptoms and ways to prevent it. Valley fever is a fungal lung infection that can be devastating. Learning about Valley fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early. Valley fever is an infection caused by a fungus that lives in the soil....

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What You Need to Know About Valley Fever
I recently read an article on Valley Fever and have felt compelled to share it with everyone. With case numbers on the rise, Valley Fever poses a danger for anyone in Phoenix or the rest of the valley. Not many people know about Valley Fever, what causes it and the signs and symptoms to look out for. The article below was written by Eric Schwerin, June 26, 2013. The article is a bit long but please share it with all of...

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Ebola: What do we know? Part 2
American aid workers recently were diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Interest is high with this deadly disease and many people have many questions about the real threat of a global crisis involving the Ebola virus. What we Know: The symptoms of the disease can include headaches, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and diarrhea. In severe cases, there is also internal and external bleeding. The onset of symptoms is usually in about a week after exposure, but can occur as quickly as...

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Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation
Mold is a fungus that thrives in moist environments. But before it begins to grow it's a tiny, microscopic particle, called a mold spore that floats through the air awaiting the right environment where it can colonize and grow. Mold spores are a natural part of the air we live and breathe. At this stage, the mold spores do not pose a health risk as they have no way of growing into a harmful type of mold. Water, moisture...

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Pneumonia: Bacterial and Viral Infections (From Centers for Disease Control website)
Bacterial and viral infections have many things in common. Both types of infections are caused by microbes -- bacteria and viruses, respectively -- and spread by things such as: Coughing and sneezing. Contact with infected people, especially through kissing and sex. Contact with contaminated surfaces, food, and water. Contact with infected creatures, including pets, livestock, and insects such as fleas and ticks. Microbes can also cause: Acute infections, which are short-lived. Chronic infections, which can last for weeks, months, or a lifetime. Latent infections, which may not...

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Tax Season Scams
Are you aware of tax season scams? I found this article in the February 15, 2015, Arizona Republic, timely and a reminder to beware! These are the 12 top tax scams listed by the IRS. The number one tax scam going is the phone scam... There has been a surge in aggressive and threatening phone calls by scam artists who impersonate IRS agents and falsely warn of potential arrest, deportation or license revocation, the IRS says. Don’t be fooled by fake e-mails or...

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A New Year to Reflect Upon
  I am mostly a half full, but the class is chipped, but that's ok because I will drink from the unchipped side until I can fix the chipped side kind of person.....with that said, I would like to reflect upon a few things Harvey Mackay mentions in his column in the Arizona Republic on Monday, January 5, 2015 editorial. 1)    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. 2)    Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. 3)    Never spend your money...

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Dog Days of Summer-Doggies Do Get Jealous
Well DUH!!!  As a long term dog lover and dog owner (can you ever have too many dogs?) I have realized for years that dogs get jealous.  Dogs feel loyalty and in my opinion love.  So dogs are more similar to humans than thought...... In  newly published experiments, pet dogs became aggressive and pushy when their owners showered affection on a plush toy, which so  captivated the reals dogs that almost all of them sniffed the area under the fake...

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Bubonic Plaguer: The 411-First and second recorded Outbreaks-Part 4
The first recorded outbreak: The first recorded epidemic ravaged the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century, and was named the Plague of Justinian after emperor Justinian I, who was infected but survived through extensive treatment.  The epidemic is estimated to have killed approximately 50 million people in the Roman Empire alone. The historian Procopius wrote, in Volume II of History of the Wars, his encounter with the plague and the effect it had on the rising empire. In the spring...

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Bubonic Plague: The 411 How is it Treated? Part 3
Several classes of antibiotics are effective in treating bubonic plague. These include aminoglycosides such as streptomycin and gentamicin, tetracyclines (especially doxycycline), and the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin. Mortality associated with treated cases of bubonic plague is about 1–15%, compared to a mortality of 40–60% in untreated cases. People potentially infected with the plague need immediate treatment and should be given antibiotics within 24 hours of the first symptoms to prevent death. Other treatments include oxygen, intravenous fluids, and respiratory support. People who...

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