Category Archives: In the News

World Cup Science

As the US prepares to play its first game in Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I had a chance to peruse the most recent Scientific American and several soccer related articles.  This is available online, and for the science oriented fan of the beautiful game it’s worth a look.  Here are a few… Continue Reading

This Month in the Medical News

Followers may have noted that I’ve not very much  posted in a while.  This is primarily due to spring migration.  As an avid birder, I have been spending nearly every free daylight hour, and some non-daylignt hours afield enjoying this miracle of nature.  The neotropic songbirds and Arcitc breeding shorebirds have been racing past to… Continue Reading

Should You Choose a Doctor with Poor Online Ratings?

Maybe so.  Common reasons for poor ratings of physicians online include refusal to prescribe antibiotics for viral illnesses and refusal to prescribe opioid pain medications upon demand.  Physicians are under pressure to “perform” well on patient satisfaction surveys,  to reign in the prescription opioid abuse epidemic and to limit prescribing of antibiotics for self-limited illnesses… Continue Reading

Should Deer Populations be Reduced to Control Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions in America, especially in the East.  An estimated >30,000 cases of Lyme disease will be diagnosed and reported in the U.Sl this year and many more cases will go undiagnosed or unreported. This issue is close to my heart because the daughter of a good friend continues her battle to… Continue Reading

DIY Hay Fever Therapy- The Time is Now

Do-it-yourself (DIY) management is now something many if not most hay fever sufferers can effectively accomplish. The approval of an over-the-counter nasal corticosteroid, Nasacort OTC in October 2013 makes this the first spring where the drug most of us prescribe as the mainstay of hay feverpre therapy is available without a prescription. This is an… Continue Reading

The Price of Success: A Hepatitis C Update

In the United States Hepatitis C recently passed HIV as a cause of death.  The USPSTF has recommended screening all baby boomers for Hepatitis C, i.e. those born between 1945 and 1965, with a category B strength of recommendation. This makes Hepatitis C screening a preventative service that is covered by all insurance policies without… Continue Reading

Another Endangered Species Due to Habitat Loss: Crab Lice

I’m a birder and have seen the populations of many species I’ve watched over the last 30+ years decline.  Many of these declines are felt to be due to the loss of breeding, wintering or migration stop-over habitats required by these species.  In the late 1980’s a trip to Grays Harbor, WA at the time… Continue Reading

Reaction to JNC-8 from a Practicing Family Doc

is Practicing physicians rely heavily on certain widely accepted guidelines to set goals and make treatment decisions for our patients.  Among the most respected and followed guidelines are those of the Joint National Committee on recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, often simply referred to as JNC.  The JNC came out with its… Continue Reading