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Selections from What’s Trending This Week- September 12, 2014

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1. Enterovirus D68

A highly contagious respiratory virus, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), has hospitalized people from Kentucky westward to Colorado. So far there are 82 CDC confirmed cases  of the virus. As of yesterday, there are no confirmed cases in Virginia. The CDC is also conducting tests to see if active clusters of the virus are present in other states.

Dr. Marissa J. Levine, State Health Commissioner and Dr. Laurie Forlano, Director of Epidemiology and State Epidemiologist distributed a letter that was distributed to practitioners across the commonwealth as well as to several state medical associations and organizations. The letter states,  “Enteroviruses are common and can cause a wide spectrum of illness. Over 100 types of enterovirus have been identified. EV-D68 is unique among the enteroviruses because it has properties of both enteroviruses and rhinoviruses.”  cdc infographic

“Wash your hand and don’t panic,” says Dr. Sofia Teferi with St. Mary’s Hospital in Henrico, Virginia.

WTVR-CBS 6 in Richmond posted a video segment in which pediatrician Dr. Eric Freeman answers questions about this virus.

You can also find out more at the CDC website.

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2. Got Drugs?

Set for September 27, The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. You can find your nearest take-back location site at the DEA website.

Related to the take-back day, the DEA announced that unused prescription pills can be returned to pharmacies. You can stop trashing, flushing and dropping off old or unused narcotic painkillers back to a local drugstore or even mail them back. Read more about it over at NPR.

 latte3. ‘Tis the Season…

Seeing posts about Pumpkin Spice Lattes in your newsfeed? Americans have a growing love affair with pumpkin flavored everything. According to Nielsen, US pumpkin-flavored sales came in at $308 million in 2013, up from $290 million in 2012.   One popular brand’s 16 oz version made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream has 420 calories!  For most, that’s nearly one-third of your daily diet… in a 16 oz cup!

Give Natalie Hodson’s  90 calorie alternative a try.