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Monday, 18 May 2015 10:28

Animal bites and scratches

Animal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can sometimes lead to complications. Whether the animal is a family pet (in kids, most animal bites are from dogs) or not, scratches and bites can carry disease.

Some bites, especially those from cats, can become infected by bacteria from the animal's mouth. And cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection, can be transmitted by a cat scratch (usually from a kitten) even if the site of the scratch doesn't look infected. Certain animals — such as bats,can transmit rabies.

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Food poisoning can really throw you for a loop. After eating germ-infected food, a person can develop sudden and severe symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. Medical treatment is usually not needed, but home care is important.

If your child develops food poisoning, make sure he or she drinks plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Rest is also important.

Food poisoning usually runs its course, so your child should feel better in a few days.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:55

How Tapeworms Affect the Body

Tapeworms are flat worms that live in a person's digestive tract. Though upsetting to think about, they usually don't cause any serious problems.

Tapeworm Basics
Tapeworms are parasites. As you probably remember from biology class, parasites are organisms that live in, or on, other organisms (called "hosts"). Parasites take their nutrients from the host, sometimes depriving the host of nutrition.

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