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Hoarding 101: Behaviors and Effects of Hoarding
In the United States alone, there's an estimated 6-15 MILLION hoarders (https://goo.gl/0cBpgZ). Hoarding is the result of collecting and saving possessions obsessively. Even items with little to no value are collected. Hoarders have a difficult time getting rid of items. They also have large amounts of clutter in their living spaces. They feel joy when adding items to their possession. And they feel a strong anxiety at the thought of getting rid of items. Dealing with a hoarder can be frustrating, stressful...

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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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Ebola: What do we Know Part 1
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: Ebola is one of the most dangerous viruses that we know because of the severity of the disease it causes. Less than half of the people infected with Ebola will survive. Ebola is a BioSafety level 4 pathogen. This means Ebola is ranked as one of the deadliest pathogens...

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How to Help a Hoarder
There are certain steps that can be taken so you can help a hoarder. People who suffer from hoarding disorders are often somewhat aware they have a problem but have to reach a point of wanting help in order to deal with this type of emotional illness and reclaim control of their lives. With this in mind, it is not possible to force a hoarder to seek help or even to coerce a hoarder into letting go of some of the items in...

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The Consequences of Hoarding
What Are the Consequences of Hoarding? Hoarding disorder can impair social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning.  Potential consequences of serious hoarding include health and safety concerns, such as fire hazards, tripping hazards, and health code violations.  It can also lead to family strain and conflicts, isolation and loneliness, unwillingness to have anyone else enter the home, and an inability to perform daily tasks such as cooking and bathing in the home. I have personally responded to hoarding homes where the fire department...

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What is Animal Hoarding?
Is it like Hoarding lots of objects? Can people be cured? Response from Karen L. Cassiday, PhD When most people hear about animal hoarding, they recall shocking news stories or imagine the “crazy cat lady.” They immediately side with the rescued animals, rarely considering the life of the hoarder or what led to this behavior. The term "animal hoarding" refers to the compulsive need to collect and own animals for the sake of caring for them that results in accidental or unintentional neglect or abuse....

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The History of Measles-Straight From the CDC
Pre-vaccine Era In the 9th century, a Persian doctor published one of the first written accounts of measles disease. Francis Home, a Scottish physician, demonstrated in 1757 that measles is caused by an infectious agent in the blood of patients. In 1912, measles became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, requiring U.S. healthcare providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases. In the first decade of reporting, an average of 6,000 measles-related deaths were reported each year. In the decade...

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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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Antibiotic Resistance Part 2
Are you aware of antibiotic resistance? Do you know what it is? Did you know? 80% of all antibiotic use in the United States are given to poultry and other livestock 29.9 Million pounds are used to give to livestock 7.7 million pounds are used to treat sick people The Poultry Case Study Americans today eat three times as much poultry as they did in 1960. Since most U.S. chickens are raised in large, crowded facilities, farmers feed them antibiotics to prevent disease as well...

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Ebola – Do We Really Need to Worry? Part I
How does Ebola spread to humans?  Good question to ponder.  Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.  In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, forest antelope, and porcupines found ill or dead in the rainforest.  There is a huge trade in "bush meat" in these African countries that have outbreaks. Fruit bats are the likely natural host...

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