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Face Masks Curb COVID
Laurie Wiegler

Masks help curb not just transmission, but also the novel coronavirus's reproduction rate. Read more >

The Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Neil Wagner

A vaccine that stimulates the immune system is creating immunity to COVID-19 in mice. Read more >

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19
Neil Wagner

International airports have a major role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. What travelers need to know. Read more >

Does a Virus Trigger Alzheimer's?
Alice G. Walton

People with a common childhood virus may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease years later. Read more >

Water Pick
Neil Wagner

Choosing a water filter for your home is trickier than you may think, but they really can make a difference. Read more >

STDs on the Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

There was an "epidemic" rise in the rates of several sexually-transmitted infections last year, all treatable. Read more >

Bad News, Boomers
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby boomers are supposed to have a one-time screening for hep C. So why aren't they getting it? Read more >

Codeine and Kids: A Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

It is too easy to overdose a child without meaning to. A report in Pediatrics explains why. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? Read more >

FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >

Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >

The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >

Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >

FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

There were 27 cases of dengue in 2009. Genetic modification may stop mosquitoes' transmission of this deadly virus. What else will it do? Read more >

Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >

Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >

Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >

Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >

From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >

Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >

Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >

Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >

Keeping an Eye on Contact Lenses
Barry A. Weismman, D.O., Ph.D.

Fit matters and is harder to achieve than you might think. Infections can happen. They're your eyes. Read on. Read more >

Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >

Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >

Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >

From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >

Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >

Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.

Joel G. Breman, M.D.

Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Modern medicine's battle against cervical cancer is a tale of two worlds. Read more >

Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.

Meggan Mackay, M.D., M.S., and Peter Barland

Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.

Giant Cell Arteritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

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