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Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2017-18 and a Quick Influenza Primer

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released its recommendations for the upcoming flu season. There is no equivocation in these recommendations, and we strongly support your com
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 5, 2017

Straight, No Chaser In the News: Enacting Laws to Enforce Childhood Immunization

In the news is vaccination. Again. A decision by the State of California now bars parents from citing religious and other “personal-belief exemptions” for opting out of childho
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Sealed with a (Wrong Type of) Kiss – Zoonotic Diseases

It’s interesting how we take animals for granted. Many of us touch and handle them, play with them. Some people keep their pets in their faces, allowing them to kiss and lick the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding Mosquito-Bourne Diseases

Sometimes things occur so frequently that you become sensitized to the real danger they present. This thought occurred to me when I saw Bill Gates talking about efforts to elimin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 27, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Emergency Room Adventures – The Risk of Rabies

Depending on the circumstances of your life, sometimes risks are theoretical, and other times risks become occurrences… You can’t make this stuff up. It’s another bu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 26, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Animal Bites

We love our pets, and animals in general. Is there one about which a movie hasn’t been made? In most cases they are sources of entertainment, if not love. Unfortunately, they
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Human Bites

A boxer’s fracture is a misnomer because boxers don’t get them.  This describes a fracture at the base of the small finger (5th metacarpal), often caused from poor form throw
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 23, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Human Bites

I have had weird experiences with humans biting humans, as have most physicians. There are several different types of human bites, which can range from harmless to surgically serio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

There’s nothing pleasant in talking about bedbugs, but’s it is even worse to have to deal with them, so let’s get you some information to help you prevent and address these b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 21, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Travelers’ Diarrhea

This is the time of year in the U.S. when you wished you were somewhere else. (Hawaii, Africa, Australia or Mexico for a Valentine’s Day cruise, anyone?) Unfortunately, somet
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 15, 2017

Straight, No Chaser In The News: HIV Vaccine Awareness and Update

The first (and at that point only) vaccine developed to date that has shown any significant effectiveness was demonstrated to be so in Thailand back in 2009. It was shown to cut th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Living With An Incurable Sexually Transmitted Infection

You’ve requested it, and it’s only fair. We’ve spent a lot of time discussing sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs, STIs). It’s reasonable to discuss living w
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 8, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What To Do If You Suspect a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

It’s been a long and productive sex week here at Straight, No Chaser. We’ve run the gamut of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other genital conditions, and li
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 7, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Cervical Cancer – The Sexually Transmitted Cancer

Let’s put this take home message up front: here’s a pretty good demonstration of the value of vaccines. I hope that each of you resolves to get any children you care f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 6, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: About Cold Sores and Herpes

Some of you are consumed with fear. Maybe for some it’s stricken with guilt. In any event this topic is simply another example of not being adequately armed with the knowledge yo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 5, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Questions About Herpes

If you’re in a room, look around. Look to your left, then to your right. Look behind and in front of you. Then look deep inside yourself. Statistically, one of the people you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 4, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Treatment of Pubic Lice (Crabs)

There’s no dishonor in needing help. A pubic lice infestation is one of many types of conditions that can lead to a complete disruption of your life. These are full-time parasite
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Unfortunately, there’s no pleasant way around this topic. I hope the topic doesn’t make you crabby. There is a story of legend in the medical community regarding the trends
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Straight, No Chaser has discussed several sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at length, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes. One thing that often gets overlooked
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Gonorrhea

Some of you are old enough to remember when Gonorrhea was called ‘The Clap’, but do any of you know why it was called that? Read on for the answer. In the meantime, rea
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 28, 2017
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