What were the symptoms of the plague of Amwas?


The Plague of Amwas lasted from 638 to 640 AD, in Syria, Egypt and Iraq.  The plague was most severe in Amwas, Syria, so it became known as the Plague of Amwas.  It is supposed to have caused the death of over 20,000 people. The plague’s symptoms are not on record.  It could be that […]

How many people have died from Graves disease?


I won’t be able to calculate how many people have died from Graves-Basedow disease for two reasons.  As a species we haven’t always kept track of that sort of thing, and it isn’t very common anyway.  If someone with Graves disease dies it is probably from something related to Graves disease, rather than Graves disease […]

Does Graves disease occur in other countries as commonly as it does in the US?


Graves’ Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism.  The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid […]

How are vaccines useful and helpful?


Vaccines are not dead versions of a disease causing organisms.  When you become infected the organism has something in it called antigens, these antigens trigger your body to produce white blood cells to attack and destroy the invading organism.   These antigens are not the only thing the organism contains, the rest of the organism is […]

My daughter is six months old and has the chicken pox. Does she still need to get the chicken pox vaccine?

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Children who get the chicken pox should not ever need to get the vaccine, assuming they have a healthy immune system.  Since children do not recieve the vaccine till they are at least a year old, your daughter should be able to skip it when she turns on year old. Keep in mind that while typically […]

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