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Netflix and…worry?

An ex-student on study abroad in Spain sent me an email about a new documentary on Netflix called “Resistance.” I watched it, and it is a thoughtful overview on antibiotic resistance that may help people who don’t really understand (or … Continue reading

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Fun fact for the day: Humans are 8% retrovirus

In class, I used the incorrect statistic (remember: 73.6% of statistics are made up) and have come here to clarify. Over the course of evolution, we have been bombarded (read: infected) by viruses that integrate their genome into OUR chromosomes.  … Continue reading

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Carolina, we are looking at you….study investigates inappropriate prescriptions

A study conducted by the Carolinas HealthCare System investigated almost 449,000 visits to  urgent care, family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric practices. They focused on “outpatient visits for common upper respiratory conditions that should not require antibiotics.” The take-home: There were … Continue reading

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I am not the only one who can get snarky about handwashing.

I love Katherine Smith Lockler. She is the Florida ER nurse who Has. Just. Had. It. Up. To. Here… with people who don’t understand how the flu is spread, or how to prevent themselves from getting the flu. News agencies around … Continue reading

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We don’t deserve antibiotics

First isolated and produced by Chain and Florey in 1942 , penicillin was used in 1943 to save tens of thousands of lives in World War II. Tens of thousands of lives. Antibiotics are wonder drugs. We have grown complacent of … Continue reading

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Really great website on how herd immunity works and DATA on Vaccines

This is taken from NOVA and PBS regarding how herd immunity works to protect. This is a great article discussing vaccines and vaccination. But most importantly is the accumulated evidence compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This lists study after … Continue reading

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For the people who believe that Measles is not dangerous…

I present the heartbreaking data coming in from Bangladesh. There has been an extensive outbreak in a remote village, where 88 children were infected with measles. Of those, 53 required hospitalization and nine children have died. The outbreak started just … Continue reading

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Dirt is good- New book detailing why you should NOT be worried about microbes

Great article from NPR on new book by Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist from the University of Chicago. Click here to read article. In short, don’t worry about being so clean. The hygiene hypothesis-being too clean inhibits your immune system’s ability … Continue reading

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Thank you John Oliver

I have lectured on this for the last decade, but thank you for John Oliver for summing up and explaining why vaccines are safe will save lives and what herd immunity is. Please watch John Oliver’s Vaccine summary on YouTube

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