It’s a rare individual who passes an entire lifetime without breaking a bone. Accidents happen, and trauma can occur with such force that even bones may be damaged. Injuries to bones present in the form of breaks in the skeletal structure called “fractures”. In the U.S., it is estimated that the average person will experience two fractures during their lifetime, not including broken teeth. The Altons tell you all about the different types of fractures, how a bone heals, and much more you didn't know about treating a break.
Also, a special report on Kissing Bugs. No, not kissing bugs, as in how to kiss bugs, I mean kissing bugs, an invasive species from south of the border that is now found here in Tennessee and as far north as Pennsylvania and Illinois. They cause a potentially fatal infection called "Chagas Disease". Dr.Alton, aka Dr. Bones, tell you all you need to know about the insect and the parasite it carries that can get you sick.
Medics in areas of conflict are always at risk for violence. There are circumstances where non-military personnel on humanitarian missions become targets in times of “peace”. This is currently the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; health workers combatting the Ebola epidemic there are being attacked and looted by armed groups under the control of local warlords. Recently, a World Health Organization (WHO) physician, Dr. Richard Mouzoko Kiboung, was killed at a treatment center. Would you be safe if you were the medic in a world without the rule of law?
All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton!
Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,
Joe and Amy Alton
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