What is MRSA and How to Protect Yourself

What is MRSA and how to protect yourself. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more popularly known as MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. Most MRSA infections occur in people who’ve been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing
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Recommended Vaccinations for College-Bound Students

Summer is flying by and colleges will soon be in session. While college presents a new world of opportunity it also presents a new world of risks. Many students live in communal living spaces, less-than-sanitary conditions and acquire irregular sleeping habits; all of which can leave students vulnerable to disease. Below we’ve gathered some of
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How to Choose the Right Medical Gloves for Your Pharmacy

Shepard Medical Products CEO, Chris Wright, is featured in this month’s Elements Magazine by PBA Health discussing how to choose the right medical gloves for your pharmacy. The entire issue is available for viewing online here: How to Choose the Right Medical Gloves for Your Pharmacy June 9, 2015 All gloves are created equal. That’s
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How to protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer!

Live in or traveling to Atlanta, Chicago or Washington DC? Be sure to protect yourself from mosquitoes! The odds of being bitten by a mosquito in these three cities are the highest in America, says pest control expert Orkin. This week Orkin put out their Top 20 Mosquito Cities and Atlanta led the list for
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The 411 on Lyme Disease

With summer right around the corner Lyme Disease cases are sure to rise. Learn how to protect yourself and pets from this tick transmitted disease. What is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted by ticks. Ticks that have been infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi can transmit Lyme Disease to
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What is Tuberculosis and how do I protect myself?

The latest tuberculosis outbreak happened on April 10th in Jackson, Mississippi. Health officials report that a Peco Plant employee was diagnosed with TB, but tell us the person is not at work. They said there is not a public health risk from this case. Unlike this single outbreak, the recent outbreaks at schools in California
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Traveling this summer? Protect yourself from the Measles

Keep you and your family safe from the measles and other infectious diseases by taking precautions before traveling. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you visit a doctor or nurse 4-6 weeks prior to travel. With an increase in measles outbreaks the CDC strongly recommends making sure everyone has a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot at
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Climate Change & the Spread of Infectious Diseases

  • March 23, 2015 /
  • by Kimberly McCay /
  • climate change, ebola, infectious diseases, west nile virus, zoonotic /
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Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  Several zoologists are saying yes! Zoologist Daniel Brooks of the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln states the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to climate
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Bourbon Virus: Deadly New Virus Kills Kansas Man

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formally reported on the discovery of a new virus, most likely transmitted through ticks. Bourbon virus belongs to a group of viruses called thogotoviruses. Viruses in this group are found all over the world. The CDC believes this new virus contributed to the death of a previously
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