50 Health Scares That Fizzled by Joan R. Callahan

By Joan R. Callahan

This enticing, nontechnical publication discusses 50 well-being scares that captured the public's awareness ahead of fading away, protecting genuine and perceived health and wellbeing threats from long-ago eras to provide times.

• offers information regarding 50 overall healthiness scares in 7 different types that without warning surfaced then fizzled, delivering a consultant pattern of comparable occasions during the last half-century

• comprises sidebar sections highlighting anecdotes or examples

• A bibliography presents an in depth analyzing checklist for every subject bankruptcy and the introduction

• A thesaurus defines biomedical and different unusual terms

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Parkinson’s disease, a devastating and incurable neurological disorder that afflicts millions, tied with Lyme disease in that same poll at 3 percent. No disease won a preponderance of votes; cancer was ranked highest, at 16 percent. Some industries have benefited from this exaggerated perception of Lyme disease, such as those that manufacture tick repellants and control agents. Nobody really likes ticks, with or without Lyme disease; but the indiscriminate use of pesticides may also kill beneficial insects, and their overuse may ultimately result in resistant tick populations, just as unneeded long-term antibiotic treatment promotes the evolution of resistant bacteria.

This progression appears to occur more often if the child takes aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to relieve fever and pain. Early symptoms may include vomiting, lethargy, confusion, and nightmares, often progressing to disorientation, liver failure, seizures, coma, and respiratory arrest. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and very high levels of blood ammonia are also typical. Even with treatment, the death rate is as high as 20 to 30 percent. Some Reye’s survivors may have permanent disabilities. Inevitably, not all cases of Reye’s syndrome fit the above description, nor is every victim a child.

128, 2008, pp. 320–323. Part Two Infectious Diseases Figure 2 Immature Ixodes tick, the vector of Lyme disease. S. ) 6 Fear of Lyme Disease This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts. —Winston Churchill, Remark in the House of Commons (1941) SUMMARY Many people believe that chronic Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions in the United States; that it is often incurable and ultimately fatal without years of antibiotic treatment and alternative medical practices; and that it can cause a bewildering range of disabling symptoms affecting virtually every organ in the body.

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