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Epidemic Typhus: Transmission & Treatments

Epidemic typhus (also called "camp fever", "jail fever", "hospital fever", "ship fever", "famine fever", "putrid fever", "petechial fever", "Epidemic louse-borne typhus," and "louse-borne typhus") is a form of typhus so named because the disease often causes epidemics...

Hay Fever: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common condition that shows signs and symptoms similar to a cold with sneezing, congestion, runny nose and sinus pressures. Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to airborne substances, such as pollen - unlike a...

Breastfeeding: Advantages & Benefits

Breastfeeding or nursing is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast. It is recommended to begin breastfeeding within the first hour of life and to allow it as often and as much as the baby wants. During the first few weeks of life...

Herpes: Causes & Treatments

What is Herpes? Herpes simplex virus, or HSV, is an extremely common and usually mild viral infection. One in five adults in the US is believed to be infected with genital herpes. HSV causes cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes), and it also causes genital sores...

Osteoporosis: Risk Factors & Preventions

Osteoporosis is a progressive disorder defined by loss of bone mass and density, which leads to an increased risk for fractures. The term literally means "porous bone." Osteoporosis is a disorder of the skeleton in which bone strength is abnormally weak. This leads to...

Allergic Conjunctivitis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

What is Allergic Conjunctivitis? When your eyes are exposed to substances like pollen or mold spores, they may become red, itchy, and watery. These symptoms mean you have allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis refers to eye inflammation resulting from an...

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