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Anita Bennett MD

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a bacterial disease spread through the bite of an infected tick. It is one of the deadliest tick-borne diseases in the Western Hemisphere. Early recognition and treatment are keys to successful recovery. How common is RMSF? It is relatively rare. There are usually fewer…

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Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the U.S. It is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The name Lyme disease came from the location in which it was originally identified, Lyme, Connecticut. It can become a very serious infection if not treated, but most cases…

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Preventing Tick Bites

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Last week, we talked about tick bites.  Today we will focus on ways to protect yourself from ticks and the diseases they carry. Where do ticks live? Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or sometimes on animals.  They prefer areas that are humid, and protected from the hot…

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Tick Bites

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Tick bites are common this time of year.  Some tick bites can be harmless, but some can infect you with serious, potentially deadly, diseases.  As the climate is getting warmer, the “tick season” is becoming more year-round across the United States.  Let’s talk about what you need to know about…

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Lung Cancer Screening

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Monday, August 1st was World Lung Cancer Day, which reminded me that we haven’t talked about the latest lung cancer screening guidelines.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S, for both women and men, accounting for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.  I lost my father…

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