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  • MelanomaThe most serious form of skin cancer.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-ChiefOverviewEver been worried about a new mole or discoloration appearing on your skin? Welcome to melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, which is increasing in people under 40. Almost 200,000 new cases of melanoma are estimated to be diagnosed in America this year…

  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme DiseaseThe dangerous disease carried by deer ticks.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorIt’s that time of year again. When the weather warms up the ticks come out. The ticks we are mostly concerned about are deer ticks. Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease in the USA is caused by a bacterial parasite called…

  • Spina BifidaThe result of a neural tube defect.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-ChiefOverviewSpina bifida is the most common birth defect in the United States that results in permanent disability – the literal meaning of the name is “Split spine” and occurs during the first 28 days of pregnancy. It is a neural tube defect, and the…

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    Nursemaid’s Elbow

    Nursemaid’s ElbowA common pediatric injury.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorOne of the most common pediatric injuries is nursemaid’s elbow. I have seen many of these in my career. The usual mechanism of injury is a sudden pulling on the child’s forearm or wrist, such as when a parent pulls a child away from traffic or some…

  • misophonia

    Misophonia An uncontrollable reaction to sounds.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-ChiefHave you ever had someone tell you stop chewing so loudly? While you might have immediately assumed that person was just being overly sensitive, there’s actually a name for the disorder where certain sounds trigger a negative response: misophonia.People who have misophonia have an uncontrollable reaction…

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    Infectious Mononucleosis

    Infectious Mononucleosis The “kissing disease” lingers on.Here’s what you should know about it.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-ChiefWe all remember “the kissing disease” from adolescence, which is known as infectious mononucleosis, or mono. Since the virus spreads through saliva, it can be shared from kissing, but also from an uncovered cough or sneeze, or sharing food…

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    Scared to Death

    Scared To Death It can actually happen with this rare heart condition.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorOn a busy Sunday evening in the ED, an elderly man came in to be “checked out.” His story was that earlier that day he had been snacking on some peanuts while watching the football game.He choked on some of…

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    Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

    Hodgkin’s Lymphoma What you should know about a common type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-ChiefOverview Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a common type of cancer that involves the lymphatic system. Over 9,000 people (ages 16-34 and over 55) in the US are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma each year. Cancer occurs when…

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    Chainsaw Injuries

    Chainsaw Injuries These powerful tools can result in dangerous injuries from several different mechanisms. By Marven Ewen, MDMedical Director Overview Recently, I was considering renting a chainsaw to trim one of the trees in my yard. I should say I briefly considered it, until the thought of holding a running chainsaw while perched high on…

  • A Brewing Problem

    Excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths per year, and is known to be a contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides, sexual assault, domestic violence, and unintentional injury. Because of this, it is frequently the case that EMS professionals are called to a scene in which alcohol has been involved. It…