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Risk Factors Risk for Oral Herpes Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1. The highest incidence of first infection occurs between 6 months and 3 years of age. The incidence in children varies among regions and countries, with the highest rates occurring in crowded and unsanitary regions. Studies suggest that by age 5 more than a third of children in low-income areas are infected compared to 20% of children in middle-income areas. However, by the time Americans of all economic backgrounds reach age 60, about 60 - 85% have become infected with HSV-1. Risk for Genital Herpes Although the prevalence of genital herpes is declining in the United States, it still remains high. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about16% of Americans age 14 - 49 years, about 1 in 6 teenagers and adults, are infected with HSV-2. While HSV-2 remains the main cause of genital herpes, in recent years the percentage of cases of genital herpes caused by HSV-1 has significantly increased b...
I recently wrote about a picture that was in a local newspaper, depicting a morbidly obese person on a flight, who seemed to be so large, that his body was blocking the aisle. The blog discussion revolved around-
Whether or not the photo was real
Whether or not the man should have been asked to buy 2 seats so he could fit in the row and not block the aisle
Whether or not the person sitting next to him (and probably being discomforted) had the right to demand that the overweight man be moved
Whether an airline has the right to ask the overweight passenger to leave the plane (or not get on the plane) if indeed, he has not purchased the 2 seats to accommodate his (her) size
Well, yet again, another "airline story" hits the papers and the internet. In this case, a movie director, who had actually purchased 2 seats on a flight, suddenly realized he was at the gate early enough to get on an earlier flight. He did not request 2 seats to accommodate his girth (there...
Total knee replacement (TKR) can greatly improve knee function. But in the weeks right after surgery, TKR patients can have a lot of pain and problems moving. Part of recovery from TKR is taking it slow until the knee is ready. One activity that doctors tell patients to avoid right after TKR is driving. Driving too soon after TKR can be dangerous. The knee is just not ready to do the quick, forceful movements of braking. Doctors usually tell TKR patients to wait at least eight weeks before driving. However, this is not based on much research. These authors tested braking time in 31 patients before TKR. They tested the same patients again three, six, and nine weeks after surgery. The authors compared the results before and after surgery. The braking times were not much different even three weeks after TKR. The authors found much quicker braking times for all patients six and nine weeks after surgery. The authors found that men had much faster brake times than women at all times tested. Re...
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