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 […]

This is a follow up to Post 110 with current information. From Reuters –  Measles cases have hit a 20-year high in the United States, a troubling increase fueled by international travel by people who have not been vaccinated against the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Between Jan. 1 and May 23 […]

Apologies for the delay in posting – last week was the end of term, deadline to submit grades for one college, then I flew out to Florida for a conference with other Anatomy and Physiology professors. Busy week! One of my students did a short presentation after lab practicals were done describing her dermographism. While […]

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 […]

I like that 60 Minutes features Health and Science “articles” – seems like almost every week. Couple of weeks ago, I featured people who couldn’t forget a day in their lives. This week it’s research right here in Orange County at University of California, Irvine, that sheds new light on factors that may allow us […]

Last month, the world was mesmerized when a 15-year-old Somali boy survived a flight in a Hawaiian Airlines wheel well for a flight from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. Right after the news broke, a student asks me during class… how?!  So in another one of my class tangents, we had a discussion to explore the […]

I have spotlighted a CBS News’ “60 Minutes” episode about people who have incredible memories. Well, the show did a follow up this past Sunday and revealed that since the last showing, they found kids who have this “illness.” Research is being done at University of California, Irvine. They found one child who has it […]