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Hoarding 101: Behaviors and Effects of Hoarding
In the United States alone, there's an estimated 6-15 MILLION hoarders ( 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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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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Rabies in Arizona
Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, causing encephalitis. It is always fatal once symptoms appear. Rabies can be prevented in persons who have come into contact or have been bitten by wild animals through prompt administration of anti-rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin. Hundreds of rabies post exposure prophylactic treatments are initiated annually in Arizona to prevent rabies from developing after...

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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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