Category Archives: infections

Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics. Does this surprise anyone?!

Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics.  Does this surprise anyone? JAMA Internal Medicine recently published a study including 2.7 million urgent care visits, 48,000 retail clinic visits, 4.8 million emergency department visits and 148.5 million medical … Continue reading

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HPV

I took notes at the Nevada Family Medicine meeting when expert Dr. Trudy Larson spoke about HPV. Here are the take-home points… Who gets HPV? 80 % of adults have a strain of HPV. “HPV happens.” There are 40 subtypes … Continue reading

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How to pick a probiotic?

How to pick a probiotic? Did you know that in 2012 3.8 million adults and 300,000 children were known to be taking probiotics?!  This is a 400% increase in 5 years. What does a probiotic do?  It transiently changes the … Continue reading

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How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!

How is the flu hitting your region? Nevada is in the RED!  (See the attached USA flu map of influenza-like activity for the week ending January 13, 2018) What can you do?  Get the flu vaccine.  Stay home if you … Continue reading

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Wear condoms! 2016 was an all-time-high year for sexually transmitted diseases.

Wear condoms! 2016 was an all-time-high year for sexually transmitted diseases.  Did you know that more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the US in 2016.  Chlamydia was the biggest offender, with 1.6 million … Continue reading

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Fecal transplant, anyone?!

Fecal transplant, anyone?  Yes, this is a viable treatment.Fecal transplantation is used to treat an intestinal infection called Clostridium difficile or “c. diff.” The clinical spectrum of C. difficile infection can vary from asymptomatic or mild diarrhea all the way … Continue reading

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When is a sore throat something worse?

When is a sore throat something worse?  A peritonsillar abscess is a deep infection of the head and neck.  THIS is the something worse I am talking about.  The diagnosis is made by clinical presentation and examination by your physician. … Continue reading

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