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What You Need to Know About Powassan Virus

A little-known virus is making the headlines recently and though it is very rare, it can be life threatening. Lyme disease is the most commonly known disease spread by ticks. Powassan virus is also spread in the same manner. In the last 10 years, there have only been 75 cases reported in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of these cases have been in the Northeast area of the country and the Great Lakes. Warmer weather brings an increased number of ticks and an increased frequency of tick-borne illnesses.

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New Moms: CDC Warns Against Placenta Consumption

A growing trend among new mothers can be potentially dangerous according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Whether raw, cooked or in pill form, some new moms believe that major health benefits can be gained through consuming their placenta after childbirth. Proponents say that it increases milk production, energy and helps to prevent postpartum depression. Some celebrities have even joined in the practice adding to its popularity.

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