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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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    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…

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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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    The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter When mixing whiskey and hiking leads to the ER.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorIn the EMS field, it is not uncommon to have to care for intoxicated patients. Alcohol is often a factor in trauma. We sort of kept an informal record of the highest alcohol level we had seen in a patient.…

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    Hashimoto’s Disease

    Hashimoto’s Disease This autoimmune disorder is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-Chief Overview Hashimoto’s disease (also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) is classified as an autoimmune disorder since it’s caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid to the point where it becomes damaged. The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland…