Q: What is Ebola?
A: Ebola is a virus carried by bats in remote areas of Africa. It was first discovered in 1976 and named after a river in the Congo. Periodically a human who has contact with wildlife in remote African areas acquires the infection. The virus damages internal body organs and causes death in over half the people infected.
Q: What are the signs and symptoms?
Q: What is a stroke?
A: A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
Q: Are there different kinds of strokes?
A: Yes, strokes can be ischemic (a blocked artery or blood vessel); hemorrhagic (a ruptured blood vessel); or a transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke).
Q: What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Q. What is your position with the Red Cross?
A. I am chief executive officer of the Northeast Pennsylvania Region and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Q: How did you get involved with the Red Cross?
Q: What is influenza? What are the symptoms?
A: Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Q: What is COPD?
A: COPD means chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is a disease of airflow limitation.
Q: What happens in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
A: It is a condition in which the airways and the lungs become narrowed and inflamed and often times the air sacs of the lungs also become damaged. It becomes increasingly difficult to breathe. The subtypes of COPD include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive asthma.
Q: Can men get breast cancer? How common is it?
A: Yes. Although men have much less breast tissue than women, they can still get breast cancer. Male breast cancer represents about 0.04 percent of the total; the 2013 estimate is 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Q: What are the risk factors for breast cancer in men?
Q: What is yoga?
A: Yoga is a mix of stretching, strength, breathing, and mind body and posture awareness.
Q: Are there different types of yoga?
A: Yoga, like other fitness practices, has evolved over the years to include a practice for everyone from yoga for runners to yoga on a paddle board. Some of these types include: Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga (power yoga), Iyengar, kundalini, Bikram (hot yoga), Viniyoga, Jivamukti, Forrest, Kripalu, Intergrul, Mksha, Restorative, Sivahanda, Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, Acroyog, Family Yoga.
Q: What is hepatitis? What is the difference between hepatitis B and C?
Q: What types of child abuse are there?
Q: What is heartburn?
A: Heartburn is often described as a feeling of burning discomfort, localized behind the breastbone, which moves up toward the neck and throat. Some people even experience the bitter or sour taste of acid in the back of the throat. These symptoms of heartburn can last for several hours and often worsen after eating food. All of us may have occasional heartburn.
Q: What causes heartburn?