Methadone ain’t good for you

I know that this would seem obvious, but Methadone has been used for years to help get folks who are addicted to narcotics get off of narcotics. It was used as a bridge.  Well, it seems that the methadone bridge isn’t safe. A recent study looked at patients...

Measles

Had you told me that I would be writing about measles 20 years ago, I would have laughed at you. Measles was on its way out. We have an effective vaccine and a wonderful vaccination program. Yet, here we are. A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland, of all...

The flu is very bad this year

The flu is widespread and ugly this year. From CNN: The United States has officially surpassed the “epidemic” threshold with this season’s flu virus, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates...

Hypoxic infants – More cooling isn’t better

For some reason, we think if a little is good then more has to be better. Over the years, we have slowly figured out that more isn’t necessarily better. Antibiotic treatment is probably the best example. A short course of perioperative antibiotics has clearly...

FDA Approves Gay Men as Blood Donors

This is a safe and thoughtful decision: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended dropping its blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual donors in favor of a less restrictive policy. The proposed policy change, which will be offered for...
Distracted Drivers

Distracted Drivers

Yet another study shows us that we are not teaching our teenagers the correct driving habits. We need fewer distracted drivers. It is getting harder and harder to focus on driving as our cars are transforming into personal entertainment centers with Wi-Fi and DVD...

Depression leaves many out in the cold

As a trauma surgeon, I see patients at their worst. Sometimes that isn’t that bad. Sometimes it is awful. Mental illness is something that we, as a nation, don’t really want to confront. There are Americans who have mental issues and they need health care....
Vets and PTSD

Vets and PTSD

One of the areas of healthcare in which we have to do better is mental health. PTSD is a bear. For the most part, we really don’t have the answers. From WSJ: Nightmares of a friend dying beside him in a bunker years ago now waken Donald Vitkus. “There is stuff...

Cervical Cancer – We need to do more

We need to do all that we can to decrease the rates of cervical cancer in the US. This means HPV vaccines. If taking one or two shots can decease your risk of cervical cancer, why wouldn’t you do that? From LAT: Rates of cervical cancer vary substantially from...