It’s that time of year when the temperature drops, the weather changes and we all begin to get colds or the flu. With these upper respiratory infections come fatigue, muscle aches, sneezing, coughing, and often laryngitis. The laryngitis may be the most debilitating aspect of the illness because it can be painful and rob us of our ability to communicate, socialize, and work.
“The symptoms of laryngitis can be caused by numerous factors,” says Michael Pitman, MD, Director, Voice and Swallowing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. “The most common cause is a viral upper respiratory infection. Vocal abuse in the form of smoking or yelling also commonly leads to laryngitis.”
An article in The Hill noted: ”Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expressed confidence Sunday that health officials could stop a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.”
“’Ebola’s scary and it’s understandable that with a deadly disease, people are concerned. But the plain truth is that we can stop Ebola. We know how to control it,’ said Frieden on ABC’s “This Week.”” “Hospital infection control, and stopping it at the source in Africa.”
“…Frieden said that it was impossible to “hermetically seal the borders of the U.S. ‘We’re reliant and interdependent with the world for travel, for trade, for economy, for our families and communities,’ he added.”
Recently, the World Health Organization issued FAQ on Ebola which addressed the following questions:
- What is Ebola virus disease?
- How do people become infected with the virus?
- Who is most at risk? Read more
My name is Bill Weinzimmer and I am an advanced prostate cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed 18 years ago, I was told I only had 18 months to live. Thanks to the amazing care I received from Dr. Simon J. Hall at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and the significant changes I made in my life, I am still alive and active 18 years later at 83-years-young. I hope my experiences and tips will provide inspiration to others diagnosed with cancer, as well as to their families.