Infectious disease

September 30, 2022

Exchanging 30 minutes of social media a day with exercise benefits mental health

According to a report in Medical News Today, replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce […]
September 29, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Primary or secondary prevention?

Dear Dr. Walt, I overheard two friends talking about preventive medicine. They were talking about primary and secondary prevention, but I’m not sure I understand the difference. […]
September 28, 2022

A new study shows that too much TV time really may harm your brain

HealthDay reported that older adults who get a lot of “screen time” may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what […]
September 27, 2022

Tuesday Patient Stories – Kissimmee Tales Part 8

For the next few months, I’m excerpting chapters from the first of two books about my early years in family medicine in Kissimmee, Florida – The […]
September 26, 2022

Have you heard about the polypill therapy that is very effective in heart patients?

A report in Cardiovascular Business revealed that taking a polypill – a single pill containing three different medications – not only improved medication adherence but was associated […]
September 24, 2022

Saturday Book Report – “At First Light” featured in Baton Rouge Advocate

Upon arising last Saturday morning, I found my phone was blowing up with messages and emails from around Louisiana informing me of a huge article in […]
September 23, 2022

Did you know ultra-processed food increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death?

CNN reported, “Eating a lot of ultra-processed foods significantly increases men’s risk of colorectal cancer and can lead to heart disease and early death in both […]
September 22, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Do Bad Genes Doom Me?

Dear Dr. Walt, I read your column and enjoy it, and you’re always harping on us readers to improve our health. But, my family has really poor […]
December 14, 2021

What doctors wish patients knew about long COVID

According to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA), most people with COVID-19 won’t become severely ill; however, a significant percent develop what is called “long COVID.”
December 17, 2021

COVID vaccination provides stronger protection than natural immunity

What provides better protection from COVID? A natural infection or a mRNA vaccine?
January 7, 2022

All adults under 60 should now receive the hepatitis B vaccine

The AP reports the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices “recommended that all U.S. adults younger than 60 be vaccinated against hepatitis B, because progress against […]
January 17, 2022

If you’ve had the COVID vaccine, your risk of severe illness or death from COVID is close to zero

Recent CDC research provided strong evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines protect dramatic protection from COVID breakthroughs causing severe outcomes or death. Out of more than 1.2 […]
January 21, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective throughout pregnancy

A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows there is little variance in the presence of antibodies in women who received a COVID-19 vaccine […]
January 25, 2022

Some say getting COVID is safer than the vaccine. They are wrong!

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is a far, far safer way to build protection than getting sick with COVID-19. The reason is simple: COVID-19 vaccination helps protect […]