Posts By Frank Gillingham, MD

Today, August 19th, marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual celebration of those selfless people around the world who volunteer their time and talents to help relieve the pain and suffering of those less fortunate. The United Nations recognizes this day as an opportunity for adobe creative suite 6 design & web premium the public to learn more about the humanitarian…

Each year in mid winter, the World Health daily cost Organization (WHO) selects the influenza strains that will be used to develop the vaccine for the following flu season. The viruses are chosen based on which viruses are prevalent, how they are spreading, and how well the previous season's vaccine might protect against any that have been newly identified. This…

After decades of debate, the FDA has finally released guidelines for sunscreen products that will help protect consumers against both sunburn -- caused by ultraviolet B rays, and skin cancer and aging -- caused by more dangerous ultraviolet A rays. The guidelines also set limits on acceptable sun protection factor (SPF) levels. New regulations will require manufacturers to specifically address…

Although it has been over a month since the first case of enterohemorrhagic E. coli was reported in Germany, officials in that country have yet to identify the source of the outbreak. Although both Spanish cucumbers and sprouts grown by German farmers have been implicated, further tests have failed to substantiate initial claims. The inability to positively identify the source…

Scientists continue to work to identify the source of the new deadly strain of E. coli bacteria that has infected over 2,200 people in 12 European countries. "This is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before," Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at WHO, told The Associated Press. The new strain has "various characteristics Is into…

An unusually toxic version of the “Montezuma’s revenge” bacteria known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, or EHEC, is sweeping Europe this week and is now thought to be responsible for at least 17 deaths and over 1,500 cases of severe illness known as “hemolytic uremic syndrome.” The World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of the E. coli illness have been reported…

Recent events in Japan, along with the pervasive terrorist threat of “dirty bombs” loaded with radioactive material, have brought radiation sickness -- its detection and treatment -- to the world’s center stage. Attacking radiation sickness requires the same diagnostic and treatment developments that have helped us deal with other illnesses. Diabetics, for instance, have access to sophisticated blood glucose monitors…

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