Category Archives: Infectious Disease

Persistent Cough Deserves Attention

People tend to ignore their own coughing if they feel relatively healthy. But a persistent, nagging cough could be a sign of serious medical issues. Listen now to learn more.

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Universal Flu Vaccine

universal flu vaccineWhat if we had a flu vaccine that didn’t need to be changed every year… a vaccine that would protect against all strains of flu? That is exactly what Dr Robert Belsche and his colleges at St. Louis University Center For Vaccine Development have been working on. Their research shows that immunity for multiple strains of influenza is possible with a single vaccine. What’s the significance of this for protection against worldwide pandemic flu? Will this protect us from Swine Flu… Bird Flu? Listen now as Dr Jim discusses these issues with Dr Belsche.

Swine Flu

Swine FluSwine flu is here. Cases are popping up from coast to coast. How serious is this? What are the symptoms? Who’s at risk? What can we do to treat swine flu? Can a pandemic or epidemic be averted? Today Dr Jim answers these questions and more. Listen now…

CDC website regarding Swine Flu

Let’s Talk Turkey… and Holiday Food Safety

foodsafetyIt’s a Black Friday of a different sort… running for a toilet every 15 minutes. You’ve been bitten by the food borne illness bug, aka- food poisoning.  A few simple steps can help you avoid food borne illness, but still allow you to enjoy those Turkey Day leftovers. Listen now to learn more…

Also check out the: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Website

Or US Food for the latest recalls and alerts.

Pneumonia Vaccine Reduces Risk of Heart Attack

heart attack vaccine
Headlines say that a simple pneumonia vaccine can reduce your risk of heart attack by 50%. If this true or have the media incorrectly interpreted the data?? Dr Jim sorts out fact from the myth. Listen now…

HERE is an excellent video showing what happens during a heart attack.

Salmonella and Tomato Recall

What no tomatoes?! How do I eat Mexican food without salsa? There are some tomatoes that have not been recalled. Which ones are safe?

What is Salmonella? No, it has no relation to salmon. What precautions can I take to avoid this disease? What are the symptoms of Salmonellosis?

Listen now for the answer to those questions and more…

Useful websites:
CDC – Salmonellosis
USDA Food Safety

Adult Vaccines – R U up to date?

We spend so much time arguing about kids vaccines that we often forget about the adults. Okay, everyone knows about Tetanus shots and Influenza, some know about the Pneumonia vaccine. But do you know all 10 vaccines that should be kept up to date in adults? Listen now to find out…

Useful link:
CDC recommendations for Adult Vaccination for 07-08

Travel Health – stay healthy and enjoy your vacation

How do I prepare for a trip? Do I need immunizations? What first aid items should I bring? How can I prevent illness while on vacation? What do I do if my family member or I become sick or injured while traveling?

Dr Jim answers these questions and more. Don’t forget to subscribe using the buttons to the right! Listen now…

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The True about the Flu – Influenza Myths and Facts

This episode, Dr Jim debunks many common myths about the flu. He gives you accurate info on how to prevent the flu and treat yourself or your family if you get sick.

When is it too late to get the flu shot? Can the vaccine give me influenza? Is there any treatment if my kids or I get the flu? Is the vaccine safe during pregnancy? For answers to these questions and much more, listen now…