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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 Bifida

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…

Lightning Strikes

Lightning StrikesInjury patterns caused by bolts of lightning.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorYour general risk of being struck by lightning is about 1/700,000 per year. About 10% of strikes result in death. Of course, that risk can go way up or down depending on a person’s behavior. The specific lightning we are concerned with is generated by…

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…

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…