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Mumps Cases Are The Highest They've Been In 10 Years
Dec. 7, 2016
According to new government data, the U.S. is experiencing more mumps cases this year than the country has seen annually in a decade. Richard Watkins, MD, Cleveland Clinic Akron General comments.
Should You Take Zinc for a Cold?
Dec. 2, 2016
Before you submit yourself to a season of sniffles and sore throats, there’s one way you could fight back against the misery of the common cold. According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have touted the effectiveness of zinc supplements in fighting the common cold since as far back as 1984. Although study results have been mixed, recent research shows that if you act at the first sign of symptoms, zinc supplement benefits can include a lessening the length and severity of your colds. Medical professionals including Tim Brown, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, says patients should speak with their doctor or pharmacist regarding zinc supplement benefits.
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.