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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder related to brain development which causes problems with behavior and the ability to communicate or interact with other people.  The word spectrum indicates that there is a wide variation in both the type and the severity of symptoms that different people experience.  Although…

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Postpartum Depression

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Most people have heard about the “baby blues” that can happen after a woman has a baby.  But there is a much more severe and long-lasting form of depression that can happen after childbirth, called postpartum depression (PPD).  This is a condition caused by physical and chemical changes that happen…

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Organ Donation

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Organ donation is the process of providing an organ, part of an organ, or multiple organs to transplant into one or more people. Organ donors can be living or deceased. This is such an important program, for so many people, that I thought this would be a good topic for…

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Hepatitis B

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We’ll continue the series on hepatitis this week by focusing on hepatitis B.  Hepatitis B is another viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver.  The symptoms of hepatitis B are the same as those we previously discussed in the Health Tip on hepatitis two weeks ago. Unlike hepatitis A,…

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Hepatitis A

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I’m continuing my series on hepatitis by focusing this week on hepatitis A, which is a virus that causes a highly contagious liver infection.  This is an acute form of hepatitis, although symptoms can last up to 6 months in some cases.  Most people who become infected with hepatitis A…

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Hepatitis

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Any inflammatory condition of the liver is called hepatitis and there are many possible causes.  Hepatitis can be caused by infection, auto-immune disease, or a variety of toxic substances.  The CDC estimates that there are around 60,000 new cases of acute infectious hepatitis in the US each year, and an…

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