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Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

There's been some recent noise about vaccines and autism. There is concern about the preservative Thiomeresal being unhealthy for newborns and leading to autism. While it true that the number of new autism cases have increased, so too have many other conditions affecting kids including asthma and ADHD. Did vaccines [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Bronchiolitis: The Basics

It's about that time of year where viral infections become more common. It's not the cold that causes the infections; rather the cold causes people to stay inside more often. Inside we are closer together and thus more likely to transmit infection. One infection which is fairly common among younger [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Males Are Not The Smarter Sex

If you are male and have had some alcohol you are more likely to punch a wall. Why? Well for one thing males have testosterone, which does enable males to propagate the species but at the cost of otherwise doing stupid things. In my career spanning many years I have [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

A Ray Of Hope For SIDS?

SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is a horrible and devastating event. About 3500 babies die each year in the United States from SIDS. No one knows exactly what causes babies to stop breathing but there are several behaviors which have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Babies [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|0 Comments

What About Meniscal Knee Surgery For Middle Aged Patients?

We all get old and guess what? with a little luck we all get there. One of the joys of middle age and beyond is arthritis. The knee is one of those joints prone to injury, especially with advancing age. One common injury is a meniscal tear, which involves damage [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Interesting Facts About Left Handers

Left handedness is relatively uncommon. About 10% of the population is left handed, which by the way includes me. Some are ambidextrous or able to use both hands. I am for sure not one. My right hand sits there useless and bored most of the time. Some positive things about [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

A New Device for Diabetes Treatment

Control of blood sugar 24-7 is the holy grail of diabetes treatment. Good control prevents immediate complications of high or low blood sugar and reduced long term problems of kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage. In other words better control means a longer healthier life. Insulin is one way to [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Startling Research: Drinking Alcohol May Lead To Sex

A recent Japanese study asked the difficult, previously unknown question of whether consumption of alcohol causes sexual disinhibition (ie lead to sex). Yes, I realize this is a very tough subject, one in which there is not much to go on. So these intrepid researchers recruited 258 Japanese college students [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Medical Nonsense in the Movie Dr. Strange

Hollywood has a way of glamorizing medicine and the film "Dr. Strange" is no exception. In the movie, Dr. Strange, who is an accomplished neurosurgeon suffers a debilitating car accident. His hands after surgery are left with nerve injury and this makes him unable to practice medicine. At his physical [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Basics Of Diarrhea

Diarrhea no pun intended is a messy subject. Most of the time it is a self limited infection, caused by bacteria, viruses or protozoa. At times however, the diarrhea may be heavy enough to lead to significant dehydration and dangerously low levels of such critical electrolytes such as potassium. To [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|0 Comments