Posts By Frank Gillingham, MD

Those of us who were practicing medicine back in the mid 1990’s recall the amazing “miracle pill”  Fen-Phen, a combination of two drugs called fenfluramine and phentermine, that resulted in rapid weight loss.  Its popularity was short lived, however, when it was discovered that the two medicines together could cause damage to heart valves and a serious lung condition called…

Last Thursday, U.S. health officials reported that after a full decade of decline, Europe and Africa reported an increase in the number of measles cases in 2010. Because of concerted immunization efforts in those areas, total cases declined from more than 853,000 in 2000 to nearly 278,000 in 2008, and remained stable in 2009. However, the number increased in 2010…

This week, research scientists from the University of Wisconsin and Erasmus University in the Netherlands announced that they were suspending research on new, more contagious bird flu strains for at least the next 60 days. The announcement was in response to growing concerns that the genetically engineered strains already developed by these virologists could get into the hands of bioterrorists…

Just as India celebrated a full year without a single new case of polio this month, Afghanistan and Pakistan officials released data that showed nearly a threefold increase in polio cases in 2011. Although the total numbers were rather small -- 76 (up from 25 in 2010) in Afghanistan and 192 (up from 80 in 2010) in Pakistan -- the…

In response to international criticism, with much of it coming from the United States, the Chinese government announced on Friday that it would initiate stricter air pollution standards for Beijing by the end of the month. Residents of Beijing, foreigners and natives alike, have long complained that the Chinese government routinely understates the severity of the problem, with many relying…

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Government announced on Tuesday that it had not only sponsored research to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to humans, but also implored two institutions who met with some success not to publish details of their findings. The concern, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci of…

The World Health Organization cialis online announced today that for the first time since the AIDS virus was discovered almost thirty years ago, there has been a worldwide decrease in the number of new cases. The remarkable drop of over 15% in the last decade can be attributed to increased education on the use of condoms, and improved access to…

Once one of the most feared contagious illnesses among college students and the military, the incidence of bacterial meningitis due to the Neisseria meningitidis strain has dropped significantly since the introduction of the Menactra meningitis vaccine (MCV4) in 2005. The American College Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics now strongly…

On October 18th the Pacific Institute, a non government organization based in Oakland, California that focuses on global water issues, released the 7th edition of The World’s Water, perhaps the most comprehensive analysis of global water challenges and solutions. To - condone hair with: this. Purse. I http://cialis7pharmacy-online.com/ You thick am purchase the saturated cialis online year will to it…

My wife got a good chuckle when she heard I was going to write a blog article on healthy international cuisine. After all, I am not exactly Julia Child around our house, as my version of a self prepared healthy meal is steak, Rice-a-Roni (the butter and herb version), and tossed salad with ranch dressing. I reminded her, however, that…

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