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Posts Tagged ‘virus’

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Monday, November 28th, 2011

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I believe it, especially as it pertains to rashes and pediatric illnesses. My iPhone has become a handy tool in educating parents in my practice, online and via social media. (more…)

Stomach ‘Bug” Going Around

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

It is beginning to be that time of year when our office picks up the case pace as  viruses that have been dormant all summer long begin to appear and have a stronghold on the community. (more…)

Too Many Antibiotics Prescribed!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Are you enjoying the sounds of the season? I am but what I’m also hearing is coughing, sneezing and wheezing.  It’s upper respiratory season and I’m seeing a lot of viral illnesses. (more…)

A Little TLC Goes A Long Way

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I can tell that I am maturing, not by the new “character lines” I see popping up (hate that), but rather by the way that language and jargon continues to change. I really have tried to stay up with new acronyms such as LOL, or POS, or even “keep it on the DL”. (more…)

Rotavirus Vaccine Success

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I’m happy to read another vaccine success story which was recently published in JAMA. Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in children worldwide and in the United States accounted for about 50% of acute gastrointestinal hospital admissions during the “rotavirus season” which typically runs from November – June depending where you live. (more…)

Where The Germs Are

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

We’re officially in the flu and cold season and germs are pretty much everywhere. Now is the time to be diligent about washing your hands and making sure your kids are washing theirs. Want to know where the “germiest” places are? Get your sanitizer ready and follow me. (more…)

HPV Vaccine for Boys

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hot off the presses! I just received an email from a friend who attended the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meetings at the CDC in Atlanta. The ACIP voted to “recommend the routine use of the human papillomavirus quadrivalent vaccine (HPV4) in boys aged 11 to 12 years.” (more…)

Baby’s First Cold

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I find myself in the office each day amid a host of babies who are finally succumbing to their first colds. I walk into the room and see their little runny noses, their red rimmed eyes and hear their frequent coughs, while simultaneously see them sitting on their mom or dad’s laps, playing with a toy and making good eye contact with the parent. (more…)

Stop the Debate Over HPV Vaccine

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

It must be providential that on the day following the Republican presidential debate I attended a conference on adolescent health care which included several lectures on sexually transmitted diseases. (more…)

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is Back

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

I have been seeing a lot of cases of “hand, foot and mouth disease” (HFM) in the office. This illness is usually caused by a Coxsackie virus A-16, a member of the enteroviral family. These viruses are typically seen in the summer and early fall. Don’t worry, this illness is not related to “hoof and mouth” disease seen in animals. (more…)