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West Nile virus
West Nile virus: The mosquito-borne virus that causes West Nile fever. One of the flaviviruses, a family of viruses also responsible for dengue, yellow fever, and tick-borne encephalitis virus. Like the other flaviviruses, the West Nile virus is a positive-strand RNA virus containing three structural proteins and a host-derived lipid bilayer.
The West Nile virus is an icosahedral structure of about 500 angstroms in diameter. The overall structure of the West Nile virus most closely resembles that of dengue fever virus but the surface proteins are slightly different, which may give West Nil...
Five Home Health Remedies for Common
While some illnesses require specific treatment or medicines, others may be treated with simple home remedies
that have withstood the test of time. Many people are not aware of the various home remedies that can provide safe
and effective relief. Most home remedies do not cause any serious side effects as prescription medicines can.
Anyone suffering with allergies or a cold may become congested at night. In order to relieve congestion and
improve breathing quality, a person may get relief from running hot water in the sink and slowly breathing in the
steam from the running hot water. This will help to relieve blocked nasal passages and may help ease breathing any
time of day as well.
Snoring is a common problem, but many people do not know how to improve it. In addition to available
anti-snoring devices and other medical treatment options, some home remedies exist that may help improve this
nighttime symptom. People who snore may find that sleeping on their side, instead of their back, may help to reduce
the snoring. Adding an extra pillow may also help to lessen snoring since it elevates the head a little higher and
may help to prevent breathing passages from becoming restricted, which is a common cause of snoring. If snoring
worsens or does not seem to respond to home remedies, it is possible that the person has sleep apnea. This is a
serious condition that requires medical evaluation and attention.
In warmer months, bees become common and this means the potential for bee stings. To reduce the itching from a
bee sting, baking soda and water can be combined to make a paste that will lessen the discomfort. For some people,
bee stings can be life threatening. For people who are allergic to bee stings, medical help is not always close
enough. Therefore, doctors often supply such patients with an "epi pen" for emergency use. Often helpful for people
without a severe bee allergy, over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is often recommended as a temporary aid
to keeping the allergy under control until the bee sting sufferer can get to a doctor or hospital for further
For those with a recent tooth loss, teeth cleaning or other dental procedure that may cause bleeding in the
mouth, rinsing with warm salt water two to three times daily will help reduce the chance of infection and will
For anyone who finds the smell of nail polish remover unbearable or simply feels lightheaded from breathing any
of it, there is a simpler way to remove nail polish. Apply clear nail polish to each nail and allow that to sit for
3 to 5 seconds before wiping it away with a napkin or paper towel. This process will help to remove most traces of
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