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how to avoid salmonella

Salmonella is the boogey man hiding in every raw egg and piece of undercooked chicken. It is a bacteria, and it causes millions of cases of diarrhea and gastroenteritis every year across the globe. It is also responsible for over 100,000 deaths every year. The good news is that you can avoid salmonella in the [...]

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deep vein thrombosis

Most people would be worried about a blood clot that could potentially become detached and cause something called an embolism in your lungs. But what are the chances that you develop DVT? Before we get around to that question, let's explain what DVT is, and why it is so dangerous. First, let's start with blood [...]

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I hate sand flies

sandfly bites

Suppose you were Mother Nature, and you wanted to devise a creature that was fundamentally irritating. What would you create? Well, the sandfly would be a good place to start. Known variably as the sand gnat, biting midge, sand flea or no-see-um, sand flies are small enough that they wouldn't seem like a nuisance. What [...]

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botfly larva emerging from the skin

What if I told you that there exists a fly - the botfly - that captures mosquitoes, ticks and certain other flies, holds them hostage long enough to attach their eggs to them and then sends them on their way. The mosquito, tick or fly then lands on your arm, bites you and inadvertently deposits [...]

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E. Coli bacteria

You probably already know something about E. Coli. You know that it can cause mass outbreaks of food poisoning, and you know that it can cause severe diarrhea. But did you know E. coli bacteria also live harmlessly in your intestines? In fact, certain strains of E. Coli bacteria are vitally important for the function [...]

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one secret to fight heartburn

If you've been reading this site for a while, then you know that I have been suffering from acid reflux since late 2010. According to my doctor, the condition was very likely caused by doxycycline, a medication I took for 6 months as a malaria prophylactic. I have since taken various medications, including Zantac, omeprazole [...]

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traveling with depression

Mental health has been creeping into the public discourse more and more in recent years, but we still have a long way to go. Despite a roaring pharmaceutical industry, mental illnesses are often misunderstood, improperly diagnosed and unfairly considered as something less than an actual disease. Traveling with depression can be particularly difficult. You may [...]

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buying travel insurance while already traveling

Many travelers find themselves without travel insurance while they are already on the road. This could be for several reasons. Some folks may leave without ever considering taking out a policy. Others may have a policy lapse while traveling, and they realize that the policy is not so easy to renew. In any case, it [...]

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Using cipro to treat Giardia lamblia

Cipro's prowess as a bacteria killer is well documented. It is not considered to be effective on parasites, though. Or is it? There is some research that now suggests cipro may be toxic for certain parasites, like Giardia lamblia. I learned about the possibility while eating barbecued chicken and having a few beers with friends [...]

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Why did Ebola not explode in Mali?

I was at a dinner party in Bamako when news broke that an imam from Guinea had died of Ebola in the city's largest private hospital. A day earlier, Mali had declared itself free of Ebola after a 2-year-old girl who had died of the disease did not infect anyone. The case of the imam [...]

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