Infectious Disease

March 14, 2011

If you’re going to take echinacea for the common cold …

In a recent blog, “Echinacea demonstrates little benefit in treating common cold,” I told you about new research suggesting echinacea is NOT effective for reducing cold symptoms.
April 25, 2011

If you’re 50 or older, get the shingles vaccine

This is a good news story for anyone fifty years of age or older who wants to avoid the pain or after effects of shingles. If […]
May 11, 2011

Alternative Medicine and Children – Part 6 – Vaccination and Alternative Medicine

The anti-vaccination movement has no better friends than in the alternative medicine world. In the Massachusetts study mentioned in my last blog, less than one-third of […]
June 15, 2011

Feds issue warning to makers of unproven STD treatments

The AP reports, “Federal health officials are cracking down on bogus pills and supplements that their makers claim will cure or prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like […]
June 16, 2011

Pediatric society rejects ‘personal belief’ exemption for vaccination of kids

Research has shown that children who are exempted from vaccinations have a 35-fold higher risk for measles, a 23-fold higher risk for pertussis and a nine-fold […]
June 20, 2011

CDC: US experiencing largest measles outbreak in 15 years

Measles – a disease that was declared eliminated in the USA in 2000 – is again breaking out across the country. Who do you think is […]