SICK!: Diseases and Disorders, Injuries and Infections - by David Newton, Donna Olendorf, Christine Jeryan, Karen Boyden

By David Newton, Donna Olendorf, Christine Jeryan, Karen Boyden

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These people can be given the antiviral drugs described if necessary. How432 Sick! Diseases and Disorders, Injuries and Infections ever, certain groups of people are strongly advised to be vaccinated. These groups include: influenza • All people over the age of sixty-five • Residents of nursing homes and other health-care facilities, regardless of age • Adults and children who have chronic heart or lung problems, such as asthma (see asthma entry) • Adults and children who have other kinds of chronic diseases, such as diabetes (see diabetes mellitus entry), severe anemia (see anemias entry), blood disorders, or kidney problems • Children and teenagers who are on long-term aspirin therapy • Women who are in the last two-thirds of their pregnancy and women who are nursing • People with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS patients (see AIDS entry), people who have received organ transplants, and patients receiving various types of medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy • Anyone who has regular contact with people in any of the above groups, such as teachers, health-care personnel, and family members • Travelers to foreign countries An individual need not be in one of the at-risk groups to receive a flu vaccination.

Peristalsis is a wave-like series of movements made by muscles in the walls of the digestive system. Peristalsis in the colon usually occurs only after meals. In people who have IBS, peristalsis occurs in unusual patterns. It may go on for extended periods of time, or it may take place much more slowly than usual. In the first case, watery solids are continually passed to the rectum, which results in diarrhea. In the second case, very dry solids are passed to the rectum, which leads to constipation.

Both drugs are effective against type A viruses only. These should be used with care because they both have serious side effects. influenza Alternative Treatment A number of alternative treatments have been recommended for the treatment of influenza. In most cases, there is little scientific evidence for the success of these treatments. • Acupuncture and acupressure. Practitioners believe that these two techniques can stimulate natural resistance, relieve nasal congestion and headaches, reduce fever, and soothe coughs.

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