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Regular Flu vs H1N1

September 11, 2009

Regular Flu vs H1N1 Commonly Asked Questions: 1. Should I get a flu shot NOW? --------Yes. We began administering the flu vaccines a few weeks ago when we received them. 2. When will the H1N1 flu shots be available? --------The latest update estimates that the H1N1 vaccine will be available mid-October. 3. Should I get BOTH the Flu Vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine? -------YES. Each vaccine...

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Swine Influenza and You

April 29, 2009

What is swine flu? Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. Are there...

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Doctors Gagging Patients

March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009 Recent news reports have focused attention on a long-established but little-noticed practice: doctors forcing their patients to sign forms promising not to post an online review of the physician’s performance. The forms are provided by Medical Justice, a company whose website describes it as “relentlessly protecting physicians from frivolous lawsuits.” Medical...

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Burns with patches during MRI

March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday warned of the risk of skin burns in patients wearing transdermal drug patches who are undergoing MRI scans. Transdermal patches are applied to the skin and can be used to deliver pain medications, hormones and nicotine. Most of the patches are sold by prescription except for nicotine patches, which are available over-the-counter. In a...

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