You don’t need a test to diagnose the flu

Influenza season is in full swing. Most areas of the US are seeing widespread influenza activity.Though some patients can become very ill, and even die most do well. The main purpose of this post is to encourage you to use clinical history and physical examination to allow you to make the diagnosis of influenza, especially when disease prevalence is high. The bottom line is that you are smart, and if you think it is the flu you are probably right.

By |2019-01-08T11:19:35-04:00January 8th, 2019|Infectious Diseases|

A concise video synopsis of David Schnadower’s study on probiotics in gastroenteritis from the New England Journal of Medicine

In an effort to better disseminate high quality and high impact research I am delighted to present to you this video that I recorded with James Gray and David Schnadower from Cincinnati Children's. I provides a quick synopsis of the recent study on probiotics in gastroenteritis and offers advice on how you can discuss this issue with parents.

By |2018-12-13T16:22:58-04:00December 17th, 2018|Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Video|

A discussion about probiotics for gastroenteritis with David Schnadower

Check out this in-depth interview with the lead author on the recent New England Journal paper on the use of probiotics in gastroenteritis. David Schnadower was kind enough to sit down with me and James Gray, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow from Cincinnati Children's to talk about the study and its implications for the care of children with infectious gastroenteritis.

By |2018-12-10T13:20:21-04:00December 12th, 2018|Infectious Diseases, Podcasts|

Romaine calm! Some information about E. coli O157:H7

The recent report of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 secondary to romaine lettuce may to to parental fears - specifically hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Fortunately the risk of transmission is low. But, just in case you have someone who is worried and seeking reassurance - or actually needs a work up I wanted to provide some information.

By |2018-11-22T15:39:24-04:00November 23rd, 2018|Infectious Diseases|

A podcast on acute flaccid myelitis

Acute Flaccid Myelitis is a rare but serious disease characterized by rapid onset of muscle weakness. Diagnosis also requires an MRI with lesions in multiple spinal levels or CSF pleocytosis. cases have been reported over the past several years and though a specific cause is unknown strains of enterovirus are suspected culprits.

By |2018-10-18T09:55:57-04:00October 18th, 2018|Infectious Diseases, Podcasts|
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