Category Archives: Infectious Disease

Coming in One Week — The National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

Launching across the U.S. on Tuesday, April 6, is my 38th book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.

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Officials worry about measles in places with low vaccination rates

The Wall Street Journal reports that US public-health officials are worrying about possible outbreaks of measles in parts of the country in which there are low rates of vaccination.

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Mild winter leading to earlier appearance of ticks

The New York Times, “While entomologists say that the mild weather in much of the country this winter is unlikely to spawn a tick population explosion this spring and summer, they suggest that just like humans and dogs, the pesky … Continue reading

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Physicians “taking tougher stands” against vaccination refusals

USA Today reports that “many pediatricians … are taking tougher stands with parents who refuse vaccinations.”

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Symptoms may say sinusitis, but scans usually disagree 



Infection and even inflammation were NOT reliably present in the scans of patients with classic sinusitis symptoms.

 Chronic sinusitis can be difficult to diagnose precisely and sometimes even more difficult to treat.

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New guidelines recommend NOT using antibiotics for sinus infections

These studies have seemed to surprise many of my patients, but most seem to accept it. The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reports on Wednesday, “the Infectious Disease Society of America issued new guidelines … calling for a halt to … Continue reading

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Amateur piercings, tattoos increase risk for hepatitis C

Reuters reports that according to an analysis conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, tattoos and piercings made by amateurs may increase the risk for hepatitis C.

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Study: 20% of body piercings become infected

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe, although about 20% of piercings become infected,” according to … Continue reading

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Exclusive breast-feeding best for baby: Experts

Breast-feeding exclusively is recommended for a baby’s first six months of life, followed by continued breast-feeding along with food until a baby is at least 12 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms in a new policy statement.

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Whooping cough vaccine recommended for seniors

The AP reports that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted “to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven’t gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult.”

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AMA supports universal flu vaccination of healthcare workers

American Medical News reports, “The push for mandatory flu-vaccination policies for health professionals and other employees at health care organizations has picked up steam in the last two years.”

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Antibiotic may not be best treatment for sinus infections

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “A study released (recently) adds to the growing body of science suggesting that with some infections, including those of the sinuses, antibiotics aren’t the best course of treatment.”

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CDC study finds more food-borne illness outbreaks caused by raw milk

USA Today reports on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that “unpasteurized milk, touted as the ultimate health food by some, is 150 times more likely to cause food-borne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk and such … Continue reading

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Seven states move to create opt-out alternatives for child immunizations

USA Today reports, “Lawmakers in seven states are considering legislation that would make it easier for parents to opt out of mandatory immunization requirements for their children, sparking debate among public health experts and some parents.

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Prescription shampoo approved to treat head lice

Sklice Lotion, a prescription-strength shampoo to treat head lice, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people six months and older.

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CDC says flu season is just beginning

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that the flu season may finally be starting up. So, it’s NOT too late to get your family immunized.

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Are Neti pots dangerous for your health?

Neti pot users had a scare after recent news about two deaths from amebic brain infection in people using a neti pot. But this does NOT mean that nasal irrigation with a neti pot is unsafe.

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CDC recommends hepatitis B vaccine for adults with diabetes

Here’s a practice changer for me. HealthDay reports, “Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for ALL unvaccinated adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aged 19 to 59.”

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How to avoid airborne infections on planes

Scott McCartney writes in the Wall Street Journal “The Middle Seat” column about how to avoid contracting airborne infections during air travel.

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Only SOME zinc supplements have the dose proven to shorten colds

Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration?  “Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective.” says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com.

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Cranberry juice reduces recurrent UTIs in children

Reuters reports for children who have been treated for a urinary tract infection (UTI), drinking cranberry juice every day may reduce the number of recurrent infections.

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Study reveals bacteria counts on public restroom surfaces

We all know public bathrooms are coated with bacteria, but what kind are they, and how did they get there?

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Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when

A new Cochrane Review finds that zinc supplementation CAN reduce the duration and severity of a cold SOME, but ONLY if it’s started early on.

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Busted: Top five flu myths

‘Tis the season for colder weather, impending family gatherings, holiday preparations … and sick days caused by colds and the flu. Along with flu season comes the age-old bits of wisdom from our grandmothers (and their grandmothers). What’s correct and what’s … Continue reading

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Cold and Flu Old Wives’ Tales Debunked

Was mom’s stay-well advice right? Don’t go out with wet hair. Rest. Cover your mouth when you cough.

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Chicken pox vaccine dramatically reduces death rates

The Wall Street Journal reports in “Aches & Claims” that the Varivax chicken pox vaccine has reduced mortality by 88%, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

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Doctors warn against mailing chickenpox items

This was a new one to me. The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Some parents, hoping to avoid giving their kids the chickenpox vaccine, were arranging through Facebook to pay strangers to send them “[licked] lollipops, spit, or other … Continue reading

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If you don’t vaccinate your kids, should your kids be kept away from school, team sports, and youth groups? I vote “yes”!

I’ve told you in the past that when parents choose to not vaccinate their children, not only are their children at risk, but so are other children in the community. Here’s more proof of that.

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Those around babies need whooping cough vaccine

The whooping cough vaccine has been a rite of childhood for decades, but rising rates of the disease have health officials urging pregnant women and all adults who will be caring for the baby to step up to the needle … Continue reading

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Vaccinating younger children for flu reduces doctor visits

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for children six months of age and older. We know that the flu shot not only prevents colds and other infections (like ear infections), but now it has been shown to reduce visits to … Continue reading

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