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Do Flu Shots Work?

If you had the flu vaccine this year, you may be expecting to get through flu season with just the odd sniffle here and there. But that might not be the case. In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that flu activity had increased sharply in … Read More

Foods That Cause Inflammation

Many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, and the reaction can be extreme, presenting as arthritis (inflammation of joints), colitis (inflammation of the colon), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), or other inflammatory diseases. But inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and the cause of vague symptoms like fatigue, runny … Read More

Ehrlichiosis: Another Tick-Borne Disease on the Rise

What is ehrlichiosis? It's a bacterial disease of the white blood cells. Spread by ticks, ehrlichiosis affects all mammals, including people. Two bacteria in particular are known to cause the disease—Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii. A third, Ehrlichia muris, is being evaluated as another cause. According to the U.S. National … Read More

Tick-Borne Diseases: 12 Types to Beware

Want to know something that really grosses me out? Ticks. These tiny pests hide in tall grass or bushes, waiting to jump on their next meal. They’re not picky about who they choose—any mammal, reptile, or bird will do. Then, bam! They’re on you, grabbing hold with their little hypostomes … Read More

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