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Can You Cough Away a Heart Attack?

The real danger about the misinformation regarding so-called “cough CPR” is that it could prevent heart attack victims from getting the life-saving help they need. Social media posts on the Internet claim that by coughing vigorously when you have a heart attack, you can keep yourself from passing out, theoretically saving yourself until your heart … Read More

A Medical Mystery Abroad

A dream vacation in Jamaica in February turned nightmarish for Boston residents Sylvia and Mitchell Haber and their family when Sylvia fell seriously ill within a few days of arrival on the island. The couple suspected mild food poisoning but became alarmed as Sylvia’s health rapidly deteriorated. Medical treatments proved unsuccessful. Within a week, doctors … Read More

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Severe Insect Allergies

Summer is the season of pool parties, fireworks, s’mores, and less delightfully, stinging insects that can cause a life-threatening reaction in 4 percent of the population. If you’re one of the estimated 2 million people in the United States who suffer from severe insect allergies, just setting foot outdoors during the warmer months can be … Read More