| Jul 29, 2013
| 11:23 AM
In the fog of the hours after I gave birth to my son more than 16 years ago, I don't remember much -- except joy and fatigue. But an image that has stayed in my mind is my husband sitting in a chair next to the hospital bed, carefully holding our...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:44 AM
Reports of herpes-infested monkeys gliding through Florida’s trees were circulated around the web last week, and oddly enough, the reports are true.
But it’s probably not the kind of herpes you’re thinking of.
For non-human primates,...
| Jan 15, 2013
The latest flu epidemic has many people in a near-panic. But it's important to know the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to fighting the influenza virus.
"This is one of the worst flu seasons we've seen in Illinois in about a decade,"...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:24 AM
The month is roaring in like a lion. After last year's drought conditions in the Upper Midwest, farmers certainly appreciate the largesse of white stuff. For the gardeners eager to get out there and dig in the mud, spring may seem farther away than ever....
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:14 PM
In Virginia the most common tick bite comes from the Lone Star tick. "You'll pick up 50 to 100 Lone Stars for every one black-legged tick," said David Gaines, state entomologist. Yet Lyme Disease, carried exclusively by the immature black-legged, or...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 8:10 PM
On day four of the eyeball-punching ache that invaded my frontal cortex, I thought things were under control.
But sickness is a slippery, devilish thing.
I usually live life undetected by the bugs and viruses and bacteria with the scary-sounding Latin...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 3:49 PM
One of the most common, and potentially dangerous, misconceptions about the flu is that it's "just a bad cold." No, it isn't. Some of the symptoms are the same, but influenza is much more dangerous. Each year, some 200,000 Americans are hospitalized,...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 10:41 AM
With the National Weather Service predicting wind chills as low as 20 below zero today, people have to take precautions.
“Definitely people who have lung problems and other chronic illnesses must be careful,” said Darcy Thorne, emergency...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:05 AM
With much of the snow melting, and labeling of the chemical products registered for prairie dogs allowing use for some time yet, some opportunity remains this winter for control. Before initiating chemical control measures however, landowners would be...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:53 AM
Though Emmet and Charlevoix counties have had no reports of black-legged ticks, the species has moved into counties north and south of the region.
The black-legged tick, which carries Lyme disease, has been migrating south from the Upper Peninsula and...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:23 PM
It has taken 18 years of being misdiagnosed, but local resident and business-owner Marsha Knicley, 64, of Hagerstown, can finally say she has Lyme disease.
Those who know Knicley they would describe her as a smart and savvy businesswoman with a big...
| May 30, 2013
| 4:43 PM
The unfolding mysteries of the illness known as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus already have the makings of an epidemiological thriller, and two newly published case reports offer grist for whoever writes the screenplay based on the latest...