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Severe Infections In Childhood Linked To Lower IQ

Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Julia Calderone Published: May 22, 2015 11:16am ET on LiveScience. People who have had an infection that made them so sick they had to be ...

What We Should Do About Fears of Germs on the Subway

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"They're finding bubonic plague on the subway!" a friend recently said to me. "How afraid should I be?" Some subway riders are scared. The disco...

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...

Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives.

Why My Friends and Family Slut Shamed Me for Contracting an STI

Ed Coffin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

I got the same response from nearly everyone I told. They would all mention something sort of like this: "I'm glad to hear you got treated, but you should really be more careful and use protection."

This Hand Dryer Study Will Have You Saying 'Ewwww'

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Science

In the supermarket, it's paper or plastic. In many public restrooms, it's paper towels or electric hand dryers--and a new study from England adds to a...

Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper...

In the Time of Ebola, We All Need a Little Robot

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.

The Task of the Modern Psychotherapist

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

The "good enough" psychotherapist adapts theories to relate and collaborate with clients to support their growth and help examine obstacles that interfere with their constructive goals.

Knowledge About Ebola Empowers Us

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Oftentimes people do not realize that our fear overwhelms us because ignorance overtakes us. Often, others -- maybe the media -- play on our fears to get our attention about a disease, but do not do a good enough job to educate and empower us.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

The Hot Zones: A Year in Review of Travel Illness

Dane Steele Green | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

No one likes to think about getting sick on a vacation, and the fact is that most of us never will. However, 2014 has thrown up some very lurid headlines about just such a subject.

4 Ways A Little Stress Can Be Good For You

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Stress, when harnessed properly, can have numerous benefits for the body and mind. But in order to use stress to our advantage, it's important first to understand what exactly causes it and, if everyone tells us to avoid it, how it can actually help us.

Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is a lot more work to do. Some states are doing much better than others in tackling health care-acquired infections. Lagging states need to learn from leading ones. Progress is not uniform across the different types of infections.

Of Lyme Disease, and Lemonade

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lyme is common, but no more so now than before this report -- this is simply recognition of what has been, not a portent of some new threat to come.

10 Things That Can Kill You in the Hospital

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Hospitals have recognized these medical errors as a significant problem, and they are taking steps -- such as hand hygiene compliance and surgical checklists -- to make care safer. But if you or your loved one needs medical care now, be on the lookout for these errors.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Keep Patients Safe

Peter J. Pronovost | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Peter J. Pronovost

Can you imagine that most doctors learn little about the third leading cause of death in medical school?

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Suit: FDA To Address Antibiotic Overuse In Livestock, Protect Public Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.23.2012 | Green

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must act on scientific knowledge that the overuse of antibiotics in food animals has contributed to the rise of ...

Cell Phones: A Biological Part of You

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Cell phones change economies, communication, education, human brains and inner-human ecology. Treat them with respect -- as biologically part of your hand. Keep them clean.

Hospital Drug Shortages Present Deadly, Costly Crisis

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | Healthy Living

TRENTON, N.J. -- A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15...

Why Are Hospitals The Worst Place To Be When You Are Sick?

Judith Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith Johnson

I can only hope that healthcare reform will eliminate the reasons why nurses and other healthcare workers repeatedly giggle dismissively as they say that hospitals are the worst place to be if you are sick, that they are hotbeds for infection.

'Germ Inspectors' Help Prevent Hospital Infections

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BALTIMORE — This is no ordinary intensive care unit: Every doctor, nurse, friend or loved one must cover their clothes with a bright yellow gown...

Study: Nose Treatment, Body Wash Drastically Cuts Hospital Infections

Reuters | Gene Emery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

searchers in the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were able to cut the risk of a common bacterium by nearly 60 percent by first looking for signs of...

Beyond the X-Ray: Radiology and The Use of Imaging Guidance For Tissue Sampling

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

There are precautions to take with any invasive procedure. These are some things to keep in mind when undergoing tissue sampling.

Swine Flu - Don't Panic

Barbara Dehn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Be well, and try not to panic. The Swine Flu can be a very serious infection, but there are few cases in the US and all of the people infected have recovered or are recovering. Stay safe by taking precautions.