antibiotics

Anibiotics only work to kill bacteria, not viruses. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Miracle Drug?

Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer The discovery of penicillin in 1928 was heralded as a medical miracle. As one of the first antibiotics, it could cure patients of potentially deadly bacterial illnesses, such as scarlet fever, typhoid and pneumonia. Unfortunately, overuse of
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One of the symptoms of Lyme disease is a bull's-eye-like rash where the person was bitten. (Photo: CDC)

Lyme Disease

Take Precautions Against Lyme Disease Recent reports have suggested that tick populations may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Although it is unclear whether the number of ticks
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