Vaccines save lives
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year vaccines and immunology are probably on many more people’s minds than usual – for obvious reasons. While medical professionals and researchers work tirelessly on developing and testing a COVID-19 vaccine (amongst others), let’s briefly remind ourselves how far we have come in such a brief segment of human history. 224 years, 40 vaccines The first vaccine, developed in 1796 for smallpox, was not put into mass production until many years later – but was a monumental breakthrough in Medicine. It took almost another 100 years before th...
Source: GIDEON blog - August 6, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: News Source Type: blogs

Travel tips: What you need to know before, during, and after you go abroad
Summer may be winding down, but travel isn’t! Getting ready for a big trip abroad can be a lot of work — especially for people with health concerns. This travel tips checklist can pave the way for a smooth journey. Before your trip   Check for travel advisories You should be aware of health or political circumstances relevant to your destination(s). The US Department of State has a number of resources for the traveler, including postings on health and security alerts for specific countries.   Check the CDC’s traveler health information There is a wealth of information here, includ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

Tropical Travel Trouble 010 Fever, Arthralgia and Rash
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog aka Tropical Travel Trouble 010 Peer Reviewer: Dr Jennifer Ho, ID physician QLD, Australia You are an ED doc working in Perth over schoolies week. An 18 yo man comes into ED complaining of fever, rash a “cracking headache” and body aches. He has just hopped off the plane from Bali where he spent the last 2 weeks partying, boozing and running amok. He got bitten by “loads” of mosquitoes because he forgot to take insect repellent. On e...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda McConnell Tags: Clinical Cases Tropical Medicine arthralgia dengue fever rash Source Type: blogs

Have you heard of henoch-schonlein purpura?
I sure don’t remember this condition in nursing school! Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) is a disease involving inflammation of small blood vessels. It most commonly occurs in children. The inflammation causes blood vessels in the skin, intestines, kidneys and joints to start leaking. The main symptom is a rash with numerous small bruises, which have a raised appearance over the legs or buttocks. Although HSP can affect people at any age, most cases occur in children between the ages of 2 and 11. It is more common in boys than girls. Adults with HSP are more likely to have more severe disease compared to children. HSP ...
Source: Nursing Comments - October 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Stephanie Jewett, RN Tags: Advice/Education Caregiving General Public Nursing/Nursing Students Patients/Specific Diseases blood in urine children diarrhea HENOCH-SCHONLEIN PURPURA inflammation of blood vessels joint pain joint swelling kidney disease loss Source Type: blogs

Profit over Safety – Centers for Disease Control Names 271 New Vaccinations
Conclusion How many vaccinations will be considered to be a sensible number? If all of the vaccinations currently under development are deemed a success, how many of them will be added to the schedule? As there is little research to determine which ingredients are in the vaccinations listed as “under development” by the CDC, many parents are concerned about their toxicity and how best to protect their children. I will leave you with the wise words of Robert F, Kennedy Jr: “Vaccine industry money has neutralized virtually all of the checks and balances that once stood between a rapacious pharmaceutical ind...
Source: vactruth.com - August 3, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Christina England Tags: Top Stories Christina England Logical Centers for Disease Control (CDC) World Health Organization (WHO) PhRMA Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Source Type: blogs

The sense of superiority by those who are pro-vaccine
Thanks to the measles outbreak, the news is full of stories on vaccines and anti-vaxxers. The blogosphere and Twitterverse and all the other social media dimensions are buzzing with invective against ignorant unvaccinated savages and their backward science denial. For the record, I’m a pro-vaccine physician. My children have been and are vaccinated, despite being unsocialized homeschoolers. I’ve had my own share of needles; Physicians are mandated to have hepatitis B, influenza, and all the other standards. As a former Air Force officer, I also enjoyed the singular delights of typhoid and yellow fever immunizat...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 19, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update Satellite — 03-25-2014
Patients gone wild. Really wild. 70 year old Brookdale Hospital nurse Evelyn Lynch gets knocked to the ground by patient Kwincii Jones and has her head stomped. She was knocked unconscious and suffered severe facial fractures. Also underwent brain surgery, so it is likely she suffered a brain bleed or has brain swelling as well. Congratulations to the antivaccination movement for increasing the worldwide incidence of pertussis and measles. Measles and mumps are now “crushing” the UK. Patients with “religious exemptions” to receiving vaccinations were reportedly the source of one recent California p...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - March 25, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

Media release: Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report
This study, then, provides information that until now we have had to infer from travel-acquired illness in other groups. The study uncovered a number of surprises for travelling Canadians and Canadian immigrants. For example, travel to visit friends and relatives carries a particularly high risk of illness. Serious diseases, like malaria, malaria or enteric fever, are in fact common imported illnesses. And diseases significant to public health, like hepatitis B and tuberculosis, are common as well among returning travellers. “In order to maximize opportunities for prevention of these types of potentially serious infe...
Source: Open Medicine Blog - - February 11, 2014 Category: Medical Publishers Authors: Carlyn Zwarenstein Source Type: blogs

Dangerous Contamination in Vaccines Causes Sinking Profits for Big Pharma
Conclusion Pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi Pasteur have demonstrated a lack of commitment to following the proper procedures for manufacturing vaccines (which are already chemically laden with dozens of dangerous substances) in a manner free of contamination. Their sales representatives market these products in existing and emerging markets in unethical ways. If these products are really so amazing and safe, why do drug representatives have to bribe doctors to prescribe them to their patients? When billions of dollars are at stake in profit margins, can you trust pharmaceutical companies to keep your child’s saf...
Source: vactruth.com - November 13, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Missy Fluegge Tags: Missy Fluegge Top Stories Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Sanofi Pasteur truth about vaccines Vaccine Contamination Vaccine Safety Source Type: blogs

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 100: Getting Old
This week, FFFF is getting old – with its hundredth edition. The jokes are starting to sag, the factual reliability gave way long ago, but there is still a glimmer in its ancient roving eye. And this week the funtabulously frivolous focus is on… old things. Question 1. What is the world’s oldest surviving medical text? Reveal the funtabulous answer! expand(document.getElementById('ddet626372142'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink626372142')) Even in 1900BC, legal disclaimers were amazingly convoluted. The Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus. The Kahun Papyri were discovered near El-Lahun, Egypt in 188...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - June 5, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Jo Deverill Tags: Arcanum Veritas Education Featured Frivolous Friday Five Health Medical Humor FFFF old Source Type: blogs

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 100: Getting Old
This week, FFFF is getting old – with its hundredth edition. The jokes are starting to sag, the factual reliability gave way long ago, but there is still a glimmer in its ancient roving eye. And this week the funtabulously frivolous focus is on… old things. Question 1. What is the world’s oldest surviving medical text? Reveal the funtabulous answer! expand(document.getElementById('ddet1416813207'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink1416813207')) Even in 1900BC, legal disclaimers were amazingly convoluted. The Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus. The Kahun Papyri were discovered near El-Lahun, Egypt in 1...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - June 5, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Jo Deverill Tags: Arcanum Veritas Education Featured Frivolous Friday Five Health Medical Humor FFFF old Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update — 02-11-2013
Patients gone wild. Also, a perfect example of why doctors shouldn’t play security guard. Iowa man attempts to leave emergency department, doctor doesn’t allow him to do so. Patient then slams doctor against wall and puts doctor into a choke hold before being pulled off and restrained. Who gets paid to study this stuff? “Researchers” find that number of ED visits for pubic hair grooming injuries is on the rise. I had a couple of snarky comments, but I’ll have to leave those to you all. Possible hope in battling drug-resistant superbugs? Scientists discover how to manipulate genes in bacteria t...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - February 11, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs