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There has been a lot of herpes talk in the media lately (and by “media” I mean gossip blogs and trashy online magazines) due to the recent allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown beat up his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. The incident reportedly took place after a pre-Grammy party, and while people speculate on what sparked the fight, many believe it was over herpes. Rumors are flying that Rihanna not only gave genital herpes to Chris Brown, but that she got it from hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Why is this important? It’s not. At least not unless you’re one of those involved. But the comments I’ve heard from people regarding this controversy tells me there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about herpes out there in the general population.
No one knows for sure what caused the fight between the two celebrities. My guess is that it had more to do with jealousy than an STD. I would imagine th...
Most of us with type 2 diabetes realize that our relatives are increased risk compared with the general population. And, knowing how inconvenient it is to have diabetes, we would like to help ensure that our relatives don’t get this disease.
How best can we do this?
The earlier people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the greater the probability that they will be able to reverse the condition. Even better is when a person is diagnosed with prediabetes, before too many beta cells (the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin) have been destroyed.
So one thing relatives could do would be to insist on an annual blood glucose (BG) test by their physician. The problem with this approach is that in early stages of type 2 diabetes, your fasting levels often remain in the normal range but your postprandial (after eating) levels are higher than normal, and standard lab tests usually measure fasting BG.
A way to get around this is to have relatives occasion...
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Prevention Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid receiving oral sex from someone who has oral or genital herpes lesions. Condoms can help reduce, but do not entirely eliminate, the risk of catching herpes from oral or genital sex with an infected person. Both oral and genital herpes viruses can sometimes be transmitted even when the person does not have active lesions. References Haile-Mariam T, Polis MA. Viral illnesses. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . ...
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