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How were diseases cured by the pioneers of the west?

Excellent question: I am not an authority on this subject. But i suspect that they brought some medicines with them from the east. They likely were taught remedies by indians. My mother was a forager & it is amazing how many things can be remedied by plants in the woods. I know that many pioneers died from their illnesses. ...Read more

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Is west syndrome hereditary?

Is west syndrome hereditary?

Secondarily: Infantile spasms divide broadly into those arising in the context of an identified disorder and those that are not (idiopathic). The spasns themselves are not hereditary, but many of the identified causes can be. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/west_syndrome. ...Read more

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What does west nile look like?

What does west nile look like?

Virus pic: This is an electron microscopy shot of the virus. ...Read more

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Can melatonin help when travelling west too?

Can melatonin help when travelling west too?

Westward ho!: Melatonin is very helpful when traveling West, maybe even more so than traveling East. That said, there should be no harm from taking it in both directions.
Hope your travel is for fun and enjoyment. ...Read more

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How prevalent is west nile disease right now?

How prevalent is west nile disease right now?

CDC: The cdc keeps close tabs on this virus. Most people who get it aren't symptomatic and will never realize they had it. 1% get a severe neuroinvasive version requiring hospitalization. It has been reported in almost every state. In your state of louisiana there have been 4 neuroinvasive cases of west nile this year.
http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html. ...Read more

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It is possible to get jet lag if you fly west 6 time zones?

It is possible to get jet lag if you fly west 6 time zones?

Yes: Im guessing that you are asking - if you fly west across 6 time zones.if thats what you meant than answer is yes. ...Read more

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How does a person know that he/she is bitten by a west nile mosquito?

How does a person know that he/she is bitten by a west nile mosquito?

You don't: You don't know, because they don't look or feel any different. So it you get sick soon after being exposed to mosquito bites, be sure that you tell your md. ...Read more

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What is jet lag all about? Is there a difference if you fly east vs. West?

What is jet lag all about? Is there a difference if you fly east vs. West?

Clocks out of synch: Jet lag is a mismatch between your internal clock and the external world. This happens when you travel east or west (less so with westbouond travel) often you will feel fatigued, have poor appetite and may have trouble sleeping. Sunlight and melatonin set your internal clock. To treat it get out into the sunlight, eat at regular times, and take melatonin if you have trouble falling asleep. ...Read more

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What condition causes confusion between left and right, and east and west?

What condition causes confusion between left and right, and east and west?

More info please : Please resend & restate your question. For example, is this about confusion, or balance? Thanks ...Read more

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How severe is jet lag by flying west 6 time zones? I want to enjoy my 2-3 weeks vacation... Thanks. :)

How severe is jet lag by flying west 6 time zones? I want to enjoy my 2-3 weeks vacation... Thanks. :)

Everyone: Is different. But after a nap and a good nights sleep you will begin to adjust to the times. In a couple days you should be in track to enjoy your vacation. Unfortunately you will go through it again when you go home ...Read more

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I hear things from the opposite direction that they come from. If a car backfires from the east, i hear it from the west.

I hear things from the opposite direction that they come from. If a car backfires from the east, i hear it from the west.

Hearing loss?: You may have a unilateral hearing loss. I would definitely see an ENT doctor and get an audiogram to rule out a severe unilateral hearing loss. The ENT doctor can then lead you in the right direction. No pun intended. ...Read more

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Is physiotherapy invented by the west?

Is physiotherapy invented by the west?

In 460 BC: "physicians like hippocrates and later galenus are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques and hydrotherapy to treat people in 460 bc." according to wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/physical_therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for west nile virius?

What are the symptoms for west nile virius?

Most have none: 80% have no symptoms. If you develop symptoms of severe west nile virus illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately, according to the cdc. Severe illness usually requires hospitalization. Milder cases improve on their own and do not necessarily require medical attention. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of West Neil Virus?

What are symptoms of West Neil Virus?

There are many: Most people who are infected with the WNV have no symptoms. If they do develop symptoms the most common are fever, headache, body aches, nausea and vomiting. Fatigue and weakness can last for a few weeks after contracting the virus. Less than 1% of people will get meningitis or encephalitis, (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissue), the most severe of the virus. ...Read more

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What is the difference west nile and malaria?

What is the difference west nile and malaria?

West nile vs malaria: Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of the neck, high fever, confusion & weakness. ...Read more

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Hey could heat be causing rise in west nile this year?

Yes: Anything that increases the mosquito population, such as warm, moist conditions, will help west nile spread. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Ebola Virus: Theory is that bats are the reservoir for Ebola. Partially eaten fruit dropped by bats may be eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. Eating or handling bush meat from them can transmit the disease to humans. Dogs eating human carcasses or infected small mammals may also contribute to the spread. Although the CDC reportedly has Ebola BUNDIBUGYO virus patent - that doesn't mean > ...Read more

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What allergies are around the west michigan area this time of year?

What allergies are around the west michigan area this time of year?

Weeds and mold: I recently relocated from wi. Pollen counts for your area can be found at http://www.Aaaai.Org/global/nab-pollen-counts/midwest-region.Aspx
late summer and early fall is typically weed pollen (ragweed especially) and airborne mold spores. ...Read more

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Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Varies for many: There are all kinds of supposed remedies for jet lag, and what works for one person may not work for another. Some people even try and keep their same schedule regardless of the time change. Melatonin has had some positive effects, but most of the time, it is a trail and error experience. ...Read more

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I live in the south and their are exessive amounts of mosquitos. How will i know if i get west nile or malaria?

I live in the south and their are exessive amounts of mosquitos. How will i know if i get west nile or malaria?

Two issues: West nile fever is diagnoses only by sophisticated testing. The signs and symptoms are not specific for this disease. Malaria basically no longer exists in the usa except by importation by individuals acquiring it overseas, or by blood transfusion. I frankly would not worry about either, but use mosquito repellent. ...Read more

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If when travelling west we gain time, does that mean that we can go to bed easy and get up refreshed in the morning?

If when travelling west we gain time, does that mean that we can go to bed easy and get up refreshed in the morning?

Time & sleeping: Time zone changes effect travelers because of adjusting to a different time for waking, sleeping, working If you sleep 8 hours (480 minutes, you sleep 480 minutes, even though the time zone changes & it appears to be less). The problem of jet lag is often discussed & it can disrupt routines only because of the difficulty in adjusting to the new zone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_lag#Cause ...Read more

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Taking trip to east from west coast in US, on cymbalta (duloxetine). How will my med times change? Do I take at 5 pm instead of 8?

Taking trip to east from west coast in US, on cymbalta (duloxetine). How will my med times change? Do I take at 5 pm instead of 8?

Not necessary: It is not necessary to change administration times for medications for such a sort distance. If you normally take it at 8pm, just go ahead and take it at 8pm. It builds up blood levels so a 3 hour difference will not matter. ...Read more

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Opthmologist doesn't recommend ALT laser instead of drops. Less risk with drops and laser mostly used on east & west coast. Thoughts?

Opthmologist  doesn't recommend ALT laser instead of drops. Less risk with drops and laser mostly used on east & west coast.  Thoughts?

Really?: Laser for glaucoma is as effective as drops and a reasonable alternative for most people who require drops. The risk of laser is about the same as using drops. ...Read more

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Hello, about 4 weeks ago I went to key west and shortly after I returned a brown long line appeared on my thigh and I'm not sure what it is?

Hello, about 4 weeks ago I went to key west and shortly after I returned  a brown long line appeared on my thigh and I'm not sure what it is?

See a Dr ASAP: It may be nothing, but there are things that can get into us in 'tropical waters' that are potentially problematic and an exam/lab work may be a wise step. Don't worry, just find out what you can. BTW, you have really tried to wash it off right? It's not tar or something? Best! ...Read more

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Is Melatonin safe for me to use for a west 6 time zones jet lag? What is the right dose for me? I am almost 17 and I don't have any diasase. Thanks.

Safe: Time zone shifts resolve in a few days. many people just stay up all night and go to bed when they are sleepy the next day. The lowest dose for your weight is advised (you may chose to try to sleep. (usually 3 mg) I suggest to pull an all nighter as you are 6 hours out of kilter) ...Read more

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What is the west nile virus ?

What is the west nile virus ?

WNV: West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected . It causes neuroinvasive disease. ...Read more

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Is the west nile virus passed from person to person?

Is the west nile virus passed from person to person?

No: This has been studied in depth and doesn't seem to be happening. It is a disease of birds that mosquitoes carry incidentally to humans. ...Read more