More on Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Here’s a nice article on exactly what the coronavirus is and why it is so dangerous. Human coronaviruses (HCoVs) have long been considered inconsequential pathogens, causing the “common cold” in otherwise healthy people. However, in the 21st century, 2 highly...

Coronavirus 2019

There seems to be a bad outbreak of a new virus in China. Here’s what we know – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China....

More on Vaping

        I truly believe that the primary purpose of government is to protect the people. Now, you can construe that any way that you would like. So for me it includes protecting from foreign threats and domestic one like companies taking advantage...

New Cystic Fibrosis Drug looks Promising

Cystic Fibrosis is an awful disease. (like any of them are good.) For the most part, treatment is about managing symptoms and keeping the lungs from building up with mucus. Now there is a new drug that offers hope. A new cystic fibrosis therapy dramatically improved...

Anti-Vaccine misinformation

We, the medical community, have ignored the anti-vaccine community for decades. We were smug in our knowledge that the facts were on our side. Well, now, we have a measles outbreak. Is it the worst ever? No. But we had the measles on the run. We had several diseases...

ICU Transfer may reduce mortality

This seems like a no-brainer. Some elderly patients may benefit from early transfer to the ICU. From Medscape (need subscription): Transfer to an intensive care unit (ICU) may yield greater benefits with increasing age and increasing severity of illness, according to...

No Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce In a very unusual move the Food and Drug Administration has removed Romaine lettuce from the food shelves.   From WaPo: Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a food...

Gun Violence Is Killing Us

When you look at the statistics for gun violence in the United States, they are actually better. About 20 years ago, we had more homicides in the United States than we had Americans dying in automobile crashes. Almost 13,000 Americans died in 2016 because of firearm...