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Some time soon, when the evening air starts to chill, a few leaves start to drift to earth and the smell of wood smoke is in the air you’ll know fall is just around the corner. That means it is flu shot season. Actually, there are a number of other immunizations recommended for adults. Let…

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Many of our common illnesses are viral. What’s the difference between the common cold and “the flu”? First, “the flu” is not one disease. You can get “flu-like” illnesses anytime, but the REAL flu is influenza virus, the very same one you get a “flu shot” for every fall. The influenza vaccine components are determined…

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October Health News 1.  Primary Care Utilization and Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2013; 159(7):  437-445. Senior citizens who see a primary care physician more often (5-10 visits over an 11 year period versus 0-1 visits during the same period) are less likely to develop colorectal cancer and less likely…

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You’re probably more aware than you care to be that influenza is a highly infectious viral illness.  It causes moderate to severe illness in all age groups around the world.   Common symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat and congestion.  In recent years, averages of 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000…

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