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Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding the Flu Without Getting Vaccinated

It’s time to get your flu shots! Of course, many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”) for various reasons, some more reasonable than others (including an allergy to eggs). 435 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: So You're Afraid of Ebola but Not Influenza?

We fear the unknown and mock what we don’t understand. Amidst a national panic about less deaths than you can count on one hand (and condolences to those affected), every year 36,000 people die and over 200,000 are hospitalized each year due to the flu—in the U.S. 853 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: SIDS Awareness - A Lesson on Ebola?

Based on all the sense of hopelessness and fear in the face of illness lately, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some sort of evidence of progress regarding a disease many have come to fear. 466 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: How's Your Dental Hygiene?

If you ignore your teeth, they’ll go away.

Working in an emergency department is interesting for many different reasons. One thing in particular I’ve noticed over the years is how oblivious some people are to their smiles—especially their teeth. 659 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: Signs, Symptoms and Prognosis of Breast Cancer

So, after all we’ve discussed this week, this is what it comes down to: the one in eight lifetime risk has landed at your doorstep. What happens next is very important. 651 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: How to Perform the Breast Self-Exam

Beginning in their 20s, women should be aware of the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE). Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. 826 more words

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Straight, No Chaser: This is How You Self-Assess For Breast Cancer, Part 1

When I started this series, my first thought was “Why reinvent the wheel? There is a massive amount of information available on the web about breast cancer, and surely it’s done much better than I could ever do it.” As true as that probably remains, it is also true that much of it is technical and filled with medical jargon. 438 more words

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