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Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans.
Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Psittacosis is a rare disease: 100 - 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.
Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection. Typical birds involved are parrots, parakeets, and budgerigars, although other birds have also caused the disease.
We lose so many of our shining stars too soon. But is it so surprising? These are people who live on the edge, always on an emotional high. They burn with a perpetual fire. Is it any wonder that sometimes they burn out?
Some are, obviously, suicides. Others die from accidental drug overdoses, and here we aren't necessarily speaking of street drugs like heroine and cocaine. Many times the drugs involved are prescription drugs ordered by the star's own doctor.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH
With the fast paced life these people live, it's no surprise that often sleep drugs are involved. It must be almost impossible for these people to shut down their minds long enough to fall asleep without some sort of help.
Anna Nicole Smith is but the latest in the line. An autopsy revealed that her body contained a soup of prescription drugs, and at least one of them, Chloral hydrate, was related to sleep.
Chloral hydrate was once used for the treatment of insomnia but has be...
Any time I hear or see enough chatter about a fitness related topic, either in person, on line, or both, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with readers regarding that topic. One particular issue that has moved to the forefront of health club chatter is MRSA (pronounced mer´ suh), which is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a bacteria that, for years, used to attack the very disabled, sick and elderly who resided in hospitals, nursing homes and institutional facilities.
The problem is that it is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. In recent years, however, a strain of these bacteria has emerged in the general population called CA-MRSA, or community acquired MRSA. Now, anyone can contract the bug which is capable of causing anything from a small pimple to a full blown life threatening skin infection called necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh eating bacteria). What does all this have to do with working out at the gym, you a...
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