Posts By Frank Gillingham, MD

On the quiet London street corner of Broadwick and Lexington stands the John Snow pub with a commemorative plaque honoring the medical detective work of Mr. Snow, who identified the Broad Street water pump as being responsible for an outbreak of cholera that ravaged thousands in 1855. Today, all patrons of the John Snow can enjoy a pint of local…

Every year more than 4,000 Americans drown in lakes, rivers and oceans, including hundreds in international waters, online cialis primarily in resort areas such as Mexico and the Caribbean. Most of us have never encountered a drowning swimmer, and based on fictional portrayals we have a very inaccurate impression of how a drowning swimmer behaves. Instead of flailing about Are,…

Last week the British Medical Journal The Lancet reported that a new bacterium resistant to almost all antibiotics, coined New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1 or NDM-1 has emerged from India and Pakistan, and infected patients in Canada, the United States, Australia, Sweden, and a number of other countries. Labeled “superbugs” by medical authorities, these bacteria resist strong antibiotics that are administered only…

The pronouncement last week by WHO Director General Margaret Chan that the H1N1 pandemic is officially over apparently ignores the latest reports from India. Health officials in the world’s second most populous nation say that the number of new H1N1 cases for the week of August 2-8 reached a new peak for the current season with 942 cases resulting in…

After weeks of fighting a losing battle, Russia may finally be getting a grip on the drought-driven wildfires that have destroyed over half a million acres within 250 miles of Moscow. It was not until last weekend that the government was able to declare “it was putting out more fires than were appearing.” The spiraling disaster revealed incompetence and corruption…

In an eerie throwback to a bygone era, the Peruvian minister of health reported on Monday that a 14 year old boy had died and that at least 31 others had become infected with the plague last week. The vast majority were of the bubonic (lymph node) type - spread by fleas - while a small number suffered from the…

Mononucleosis - better known as “mono” or “kissing disease” is a common viral illness that afflicts thousands of young adults each year. Although usually a benign condition, with symptoms of fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes - particularly in the neck - mononucleosis can occasionally lead to much more serious problems, and rarely even death, particularly in…

As if budget woes are not enough, last month the State of California officially declared a statewide whooping cough epidemic. With recorded cases 400 percent higher than last year, including almost 1000 cases in 2010 with five infant deaths, state officials now believe that California is headed for the highest incidence of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in over…

A recent article in the Washington Post detailing criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic, suggests that “much ado was made about nothing” and that the WHO was unduly influenced by drug manufacturers who stood to gain from widespread panic over the spread of the novel H1N1 virus. Yet in a separate, sparsely circulated…

Last month we addressed dengue fever’s reappearance in the United States. Since last summer 28 cases have been reported. Though this disease is a little known entity in the United States, it is the most common vector-borne viral disease in the world, causing an estimated 50--100 million infections and 25,000 deaths each year. Dengue is now the leading cause of…

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