Archive for the ‘Prescription Medications’ Category

The antibiotic casebook

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The practice of medicine on the front lines is a challenging mixture of science and art. At times it is like doing stand-up improvisation. Your patients present with a previously unknown scenario and you have to react without rehearsal in immediate real time.  As a practitioner you are being pressed by increasing regulations and pushed toward statistical goals apparently representing “good care.” Patients at the same time are demanding all of the new treatments and investigations available (as presented on the Internet and in the lay press).  Many of our patients fit easily within these practice parameters but many do not and it is with the latter in mind that the following scenarios are offered here and in the next two issues. The names and antibiotic flavors are fictitious but the stories are as real as daily practice. Many of you will be able to immediately put your own names on the participants. (more…)

Anthrax Found at US Supreme Court Mail Facility

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The US Supreme Court became the latest victim of anthrax on Friday when a filter from its off-site mail inspection warehouse tested positive for the bacterium that causes the disease, court officials said.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the air filter, which was not attached to the ventilation system, had been taken from the off-site facility on Monday. (more…)

Bush Plan Rx Discounts for Seniors. Part 2

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Administration officials said that competition between PBMs will force them to offer a range of discount options to Medicare patients. Some plans will offer seniors larger discounts and fewer drug choices, while others will offer slight discounts on a more expansive list of available drugs or a higher join-up fee.


Bush Plan Rx Discounts for Seniors. Part 1

Monday, January 9th, 2012

President George W. Bush Thursday fired the opening salvo in the latest round of debate over a proposed Medicare prescription drug benefit by announcing a new plan that will allow seniors to sign up with private companies to get discounted medications.


Smelling Foul Odor after Head Injury

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Q.Several months ago, my husband fell 13 feet, landing on his back and head. He was unconscious for about 20 minutes. Four days after the accident, his brain swelled and severed nerves resulting in a loss of taste/smell. Ever since, the only odor he perceives is a constant foul odor (rotting garbage), which is always making him sick. We have seen several doctors who have never heard of this and don’t know what to do to make the foul odor go away or what may be causing it. Can you offer any help? (more…)

Ignored: Lupus and the Man

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Although lupus is primarily a women’s disease, men get this chronic autoimmune disease as well. In this article I talk about what lupus does to men mentally and physically.

Approximately 10% of the lupus population is male. Lupus is known as a “female disease” as a result, there is a misconception that men with lupus are less masculine than other men. There needn’t be-just like females, males with lupus look perfectly normal. They have normal male characteristics and have normal sex drive, performance and fertility. Homosexuality is not any higher in men with lupus than without. While their numbers are fewer, lupus tends to hit men harder physically and emotionally. (more…)

Medicines to Relax the Muscles

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

A torn muscle may be very crippling and have a bad influence on your everyday lifestyle, however there are things you can do to help the problems of a torn muscle. As with many medical issues, you must always talk to your doctor if you feel very bad pain, because there may be a reason that there is some other underlying problem. If you suffer from a torn muscle, give some of these safe, effective remedies a try to help relieve some of the pain and swelling related to the torn muscle.

Blood Pressure: How to Measure and Interpret Results

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

You may not have thought much to blood pressure and its implications until you are diagnosed with high or low blood pressure. Complete comprehension of the ramifications of this medical issue requires an understanding of blood pressure basics.

Antibiotics and Bacterial Infections. Additional Information

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This is the beginning of a month when people typically begin getting sick. People may not get sick exactly this month, but winter is on its way.

Review this passage for additional information… Of all medications prescribed by doctors today, antibiotics are by far the most popular. These medications are ordered to cure infections. The antibiotic functions by attacking and damaging or killing the bacteria that is causing your infection.