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Common Colds

Common Colds

What do we know? Every year, the common cold is one of the main (some say the main) reasons that children miss school and adults miss work. There are more than 200 viruses that cause colds.  The most common is rhinovirus, which was first discovered in 1956 .  There are more than 100 strains of rhinovirus!  Viruses are simple microorganisms that infect cells, multiply within the cells, and cause disease.  Other viruses responsible for the common cold include respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), parainfluenza viruses and metapneumoviruses. How do you catch a cold? In order for a cold virus to spread, it must[Read more...]
Cold Sores

Cold Sores

What are cold sores? Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are a very common childhood illness that is caused by a viral infection. The virus causes the sores that appear as small raised, red blisters that develop on and around the mouth and lips. The blisters can be filled with fluid that may break open and leak, which then crusts over resulting in the sore. The blisters appear grouped or develop in patches. The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious, and is easily spread from person to person though direct contact, such as kissing. Unfortunately there is no[Read more...]
Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day – a day when people come together to share stories and help spread awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). When we talk about spreading awareness, we’re talking about helping to educate and inform others about ASD, which in turn helps to make our communities more inclusive for both people on the spectrum and the families that love them. Here are a few quick autism facts: ASD can affect a person’s communicate, socialize, and engage with their environment. When people refer to the “spectrum” they refer to the fact that a person with autism can demonstrate[Read more...]