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The Horrible Effects of Dengue Fever

Photo: Sarah- Rose Imagine having horrible joint pains, swollen glands, a high fever, and a rash – all at the same time. Then you’ll have an idea of just how horrible the effects of dengue fever are. And with four different strands of the virus running rampant through the tropics and subtropics, it’s no wonder …

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10 Hospitals Caught In Disaster Zones

Photo: AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi Whether triggered by natural forces or of our own making, major disasters regularly pose a serious risk to human life on our planet. Yet while the injury count and death toll are commonly reported on the back of such events, rarely are we offered …

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Picture of Mental Health

You might think that mental health issues are fairly rare in modern American society, but far more of us are self medicating than you might imagine – and mental health issues are far more prevalent than one might at first suspect. This infographic shines a light on the facts, breaking down the numbers on what …

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The Evolution of Patient Safety

Today, health records and disposable syringes are the sorts of things we take for granted that our healthcare systems will provide, but as recently as the early 20th century, neither was even heard of. What’s more, it was only in 1847 that hand washing and fingernail scrubbing became common practice among medical practitioners. This infographic …

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10 Bizarre Medical Treatments Involving Animals

Photo: Unknown via “Humans have long depended on the natural world as the source of our most powerful treatments,” this article reminds us, citing penicillin – derived from fungi – as a more modern example. However, the practices and ‘cures’ involving different creatures that the piece goes on to list may raise more eyebrows than …