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Swine Flu: 1976 vs. Today

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The swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus (and recently referred to exclusively as this by Obama during his press conference), is likely to become a full fledged pandemic. What does that mean to the public? At this point, it is hard to tell. To the health care worker, it will be very busy. If the swine flu becomes a pandemic then it is estimated that 25-30% of the U.S. will become infected by the virus, the severity of which should not be much worse than what we see with the typical flu. There is a chance that the virus could mutate again and become more severe but thus far the U.S. cases are much less severe than the ones in Mexico. There will be casualties however.

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Zika Virus: Should I Be Scared for Myself or My Baby?

Mosquito on skin: Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika Virus (also known as the Zika Fever) a global health emergency. The virus was first discovered in the 1940s in Uganda. Since then, cases have been found in warm climates, but this current outbreak is much more widespread with a few cases even popping in areas of the United States (All confirmed cases in the United States were seen in women who had traveled to affected regions). Does that mean you should be scared of the coming warm weather? Should you be scared to get pregnant? A lot depends on where you live and where you travel to. It’s hard to say at this point if that will remain the case or if the risk will spread to the mosquitos in the United States; however, it appears it is definitely something to take seriously and take precautions against, especially if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant...

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Herbs for Anxiety

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Pharmaceutical drugs are popular remedies for anxiety because they hone in on the brain's receptors that cause you to suffer the symptoms of anxiety. Pharmaceutical drugs literally change your brain's chemistry. Pharmaceutical drugs are both powerful and effective. The problem, however, is that such synthetic drugs also have negative side effects...

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Herbs for Anxiety and Depression: The Natural Path to Calm

Herbs for Anxiety and Depression

Natural herbs can change the brain's chemical makeup without all the negative side effects. In fact, one of the biggest side effects of natural herbs used to cure anxiety is a positive one - namely that it becomes easier to make positive changes in your lifestyle as well. Below is a brief list of natural herbs people most commonly used to help treat anxiety and depression...

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Holistic Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

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Depression is one of the most common concerns in mental health today. While depression is the natural reaction to certain situations, like the death of a loved one or other major life changes, it becomes problematic when it's the reaction to much more minor situations and when the condition dominates most of your conscious awareness. Learn about a holistic approach to depression paired with a number of tips and suggested remedies for managing and preventing depression altogether...

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What is Kawasaki Disease?

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Kawasaki disease, although common among children of Japanese and Korean descent, can strike children of any ethnic group. This illness if left untreated can cause significant damage to the heart which is why it is so important to be able to identify warning signs before coronary damage becomes too severe. In this article we will discuss how you can spot Kawasaki disease in time for treatment to be most effective; covering signs, symptoms, complications, statistics and treatment...

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