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U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It was inevitable that the virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, would come to the United States. Friday, the CDC announced that it has hit our shores through at least one known infected person.

You may have seen this announcement being reported in the media. Here’s some information to help you put the news into context.

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H1N1: Your Flu Questions, Answered

H1N1: The Survival Doctor Answers Your Flu Questions

Bonus post for the week, published now due to timeliness.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

The flu is in full swing, and this year, H1N1 is back. The virus previously known as swine flu, which caused the 2009 pandemic, is causing most of the infections in 2014 too.

H1N1 is a particularly bad strain, and people are hearing all sorts of things about it—and have all sorts of questions. So I asked via Facebook and Twitter what you want to know. You responded with a lot of great questions. In this video, I answer many of the ones specifically about H1N1. For even more answers about the flu, scroll down. (If the answer to your question isn’t here, I apologize. I addressed as many as I could.)

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When Every Breath Hurts: What to Do

When Every Breath Hurts: What to Do, by @James Hubbard

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Breathing is so natural, so automatic. The only time we notice it is if we’re not getting enough oxygen or it’s painful to breathe (or if you start thinking about it, like you are right now).

If breathing is painful, we start holding our breath or breathing less deeply, which makes us want to breathe even more. If this happens to you and you can’t get medical help, you’ll want to know how to stop this cycle.

There are some simple things that can help, but in the end, professional treatment may be the only thing that fixes it. Depending on the cause, you may need quick treatment for more than just painful breathing anyway.

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