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Hepatitis B is an infectious disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). The symptoms of the disease do not develop until after a few weeks of exposure. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted from an infected person blood, semen and other body fluids. Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease passed from person to person most frequently through infected blood, such as during blood transfusions if blood has not been properly screened for contamination.
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In 1960, a new wonder drug was slated to arrive on American shores—a sedative that was said to treat a range of other ills. A hypnotic, as the doctors call it, that was the answer to a prayer. Its generic name was Thalidomide. The hallmark defining quality of Thalidomide was its safety. So safe that, in Germany, there was no prescription needed. The German company that developed Thalidomide, Chemie Grünenthal, claimed that even pregnant women could take it. The drug company …
The press release subhead reads: “UCLA, Arizona researchers explain that birth year may largely determine people’s risk for serious illness in an influenza pandemic.” It sounds vaguely astrological, as if our birth date predicts our future health. In fact, it introduces an interesting scientific hypothesis for why some people are…
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