Recent media reports of children being hospitalized with serious respiratory problems due to enterovirus D68 are alarming. However, one local expert notes that thousands of children are infected by this and other similar viral strains every year. “The enterovirus we’re talking about shows up in the majority of kids as a cold; and we don’t typically test to see what virus is causing a kid’s cold because the vast majority of the time, it’s going to get better on its own,” says Dr. Ken Haller, a SLUCare pediatrician on staff at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
Chest pain is nothing to fool around with; and physicians remind everyone to play it safe and call 911 if you think you could be having a heart attack. “We really don’t use our emergency medical system enough,” says SLUCare cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim. “Time is of the essence when a heart attack happens, and the EMT responders can assess the situation and start treatment right away.”
When flavors need some extra zing, MSG can do the trick. Monosodium glutamate commonly is used to enhance the flavors of meat, poultry, soups and stews; and is a common additive in Japanese and Chinese cuisine and many processed foods. However, some people find that MSG causes a range of uncomfortable reactions.
The flu season soon will be here. Unlike the stomach 'flu,' or stomach virus, influenza is a respiratory illness characterized by sudden onset of fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, headache and runny nose. Many people say they feel like they've been hit by a truck. If you've had the flu, you might never again refer to a stomach bug as the flu. While children sometimes have a stomach ache and vomiting with the flu, adults generally don't. Complications such as ear infections and bacterial pneumonia can follow the flu.
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