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New treatment helping those with joint pain
Sept. 27, 2016
Imagine pain relief, without the surgery or dangerous prescriptions. A new treatment can help those plagued by joint pain. Joshua Goldner, MD, pain medicine specialist with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, talks about radiofrequency ablation.
Drug-Resistant Superbugs Are a Threat to Public Health, Says WHO
Sept. 23, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning about the dangers of antimicrobial resistance, calling it an “increasingly serious threat to global public health.” Richard Watkins, MD, an infectious-disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, tells Yahoo Beauty that the declarations are “long overdue.”
Cat-Scratch Disease Is A Thing—What You Need To Know
Sept. 20, 2016
Heads up, cat lovers: Your furry friends may carry a bacteria that can make humans pretty sick. That’s the message from a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the report, the CDC breaks down cat-scratch disease, a potentially life-threatening illness people can get from their cats, and warns against ignoring its symptoms. The first symptom of the illness is raised bumps known as papules at the spot where you were bitten or scratched, Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, tells SELF.
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Dozens of Ohio overdoses blamed on heroin mixed with elephant tranquilizer
Aug. 25, 2016
A medical examiner in Ohio has issued a public warning about a dangerous drug that hit the streets this summer. Far more powerful than heroin, it has sent dozens to the hospital -- and dozens more to the morgue. Carfentanil is so deadly, it is not even prescribed for humans -- it’s typically used to tranquilize large animals like elephants. Nick Jouriles, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, comments.
This Is How Worried You Should Actually Be About Brain-Eating Amoebas
June 23, 2016
An Ohio teenager died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba during a trip to a North Carolina water park. She died on June 19 of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a rare infection of the brain caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri. We hear more about PAM in the summer because more people are going in freshwater lakes and rivers—where Naegleria fowleri lives—and the amoeba thrives in warm weather, Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious-disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, tells SELF. However, you can’t be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water or swimming in salt water or an adequately chlorinated pool, Watkins says.