Medical Minute: Blood-Sucking Parasite Infects 300K Americans

Chaga blood-sucking bug

A deadly blood-sucking parasite, introduced into America by Mexicans crossing the porous southern border, has infected up to 300,000 Americans — and 300,000 more Americans are expected to be infected by year’s end according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Doctors at the CDC compare the deadly “kissing bug” disease to the virus that causes HIV/AIDS.

Chaga blood-sucking bug

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Medical Minute: Permanent Color Contact Implants

Tameka Harris

Last week, rumors spread wildly that former Xscape singer and reality TV star Tameka “Tiny” Harris flew to Tunisia to undergo a controversial cosmetic procedure to permanently change her eye color.

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Medical Minute: Vaginal Orgasms Don’t Exist

intimacy

For centuries, women have fretted about their inability to achieve internal orgasms through sexual penetration. Millions of women sought treatment under the mistaken assumption that their inability to climax internally was mental or physical. Now new research suggests the vaginal orgasm does not exist.

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Medical Minute: PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS means Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or many ovarian cysts. PCOS can cause health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and high cholesterol levels. The cause is unknown and the condition is thought to be genetic (runs in the family).

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Medical Minute: Male Incontinence

Slim Thug

Slim Thug

We’ve all seen the TV commercials for male and female incontinence. Incontinence can be an embarrassing and humiliating experience, as evidenced by rapper Slim Thug who wet himself while rushing to the restroom.

Urinary urgency is the urgent need to empty the bladder immediately. Wetting yourself before you can make it to the restroom is called incontinence.

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Medical Minute: Marfan Syndrome

Medical Minute: Marfan Syndrome

Baylor men’s basketball standout Isaiah Austin will not realize his dream of playing for the NBA.

Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes connective tissue problems due to fibrin weakness. People with Marfan’s tend to be tall, with lanky arms and legs. They may also suffer heart defects and serious problems with their lungs and eyes.

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Medical Minute: Cancer Signs Women Might Miss

Breast cancer

Chances are 1 in 5 of you has cancer, will have cancer, or knows someone who has cancer. According to the American Cancer Society: there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US in 2014. I personally know 3 young people under the age of 35 who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past year alone.

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