Category Respiratory

Post 120 – Whooping Cough an Epidemic in California

Saw an article in the Orange County Register saying the State of California has declared whooping cough, known as pertussis, an epidemic from Wikipediain the state. The article states, “As of last week, 3,458 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported to the state Department of Public Health in 2014, more than the total for […]

Post 117 – MERS Reaches the United States

About a year ago, I wrote about a new virus that was spreading across the Middle East.  In the past two weeks, news came of incidences of MERS-CoV in the States, now shortened to “MERS.”  Both were health care workers based in the United States and traveled to the Mid-East to provide services. First person […]

Post 105 – Ask Prof: How real is it on the movies when they twist someone’s neck to kill them?

How gruesome. Someone in one of my classes wanted to know if you could kill someone by twisting their neck like in the movies. Here is what happens from the anatomy-physiology side. They’re imagining that the neck breaks at C1 or C2, and sends pieces into the upper spine to cut off breathing or heartrate […]

Spotlight On: Tuberculosis

This week, an US Airways Express flight from Austin to Phoenix made news when a passenger was pulled off the plane because he just got on a no-fly list. He had active tuberculosis infection. Most people know about Tuberculosis from TB screenings (maybe you got it for school), called a PPD or Mantoux skin test: […]

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel

So I just came back from a trip and on the plane’s in-flight magazine, they had this huge article on deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and what it is and prevention. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep a copy of the issue, so here, I’ll provide general information and links. What is DVT? Air New Zealand has a […]

A Simple Guide to Strep Throat

I asked my students in Summer 2013 to write a short report on an illness or disease. Received a lot of great submissions. One of them, written by Marielle C., is reproduced below with permission: Abstract This paper is to inform students, who do not have any kind of scientific background, about the causes, treatments, and […]

Flu Season Links

It’s been fall for nearly a month now, but the weather has only recently gotten cooler here in Southern California. So it’s time to get prepared for the winter flu season. Here are some links on what the flu is and what the flu vaccine is: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/ http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm (sorry I don’t have time to […]