Category: infections, vaccination, and hygiene

Pandemic- a book review

Pandemic- a book review

Pandemic by Sonia Shah a review   Genre-non-fiction, science, medical, history, politics, geography, sociology, international relations   Sonia Shah is a science journalist, not a scientist or physician, who has built a career  writing about medical science. She explains the “what”  of her book in the subtitle-   Tracking contagions from cholera, to Ebola, and … Continue reading Pandemic- a book review

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6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

This week autumn begins in the northern hemisphere. Where I live, fall brings brilliant orange,yellow and red to our trees and shrubs,  the start of the school term and football season. Unfortunately,  fall also brings the cold and flu season.   This is usually the busiest time of the year in physician offices, urgent care … Continue reading 6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

How to cope with winter illness

How to cope with winter illness

  School has started and fall has arrived, which means the start of  the cold and flu season- that time of the year when we see widespread respiratory illness. By this, I means illnesses which cause some combination of Sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, body aches and headache. We call these by various … Continue reading How to cope with winter illness

Exploring health from head to toe

On this blog I want to INFORM, INSTRUCT, and INSPIRE us to explore the HEART of HEALTH. Let's do all 3 today by looking at 3 timely topics from 3 recent reports.   INFORMATION – about mosquitoes and the diseases they carry and spread to humans   World-wide, malaria affects more people than any other mosquito transmitted … Continue reading Exploring health from head to toe

Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

  "Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart. Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer." Nancy Gibbs, Time magazine, 2014     Dr. Kent Brantly, missionary physician to Liberia Dr. Kent Brantly … Continue reading Surviving Ebola, “Called for Life”- Dr. Kent Brantly

Sorting out sinusitis- a Q&A post

After my recent series about antibiotic use a reader asked a question about sinus infections. "How do I know if I need an antibiotic for a sinus infection?" It’s really a 2-part answer, so I’ll answer the second part first, it’s easier. If you have a bacterial sinus infection with more than mild symptoms, an … Continue reading Sorting out sinusitis- a Q&A post

How to navigate the antibiotic highway

Now that we’ve covered some basics about antibiotics, let’s get specific. What you want to know is- When do I need to take an antibiotic?       Experts consider as many as 50% of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States unnecessary or inappropriate. This causes  antibiotic resistance ,  avoidable side effects of the drugs, … Continue reading How to navigate the antibiotic highway

6 smart facts about antibiotics

We've already looked at how antibiotic resistance develops and why it's important. Now let's consider 6 more important facts about using antibiotics appropriately. Antibiotics save lives. “The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century. It’s hard to imagine a world before the development … Continue reading 6 smart facts about antibiotics

Listeria in the news again

Two major food companies are voluntarily recalling products that contain spinach that may have been contaminated with Listeria prior to reaching their facilities. The products are not definitely known to be contaminated and so far no illnesses have been linked to eating the products . Still, with even a suspicion, a recall is the safest … Continue reading Listeria in the news again