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Straight, No Chaser: Violent Crimes – Gunshot and Stab Wounds

Penetrating trauma (PT) is of such magnitude in this country that it is nearly impossible to do it justice in short form. This is primarily a medical blog, and as such I’ll defer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 1, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Who Let The Dogs Out? Animal Bites

Human Shark Week wouldn’t be complete without reviewing something getting bitten. Bow-Wow Ows Dogs bite almost 5 million people yearly, resulting in 800,000 visits to a healthcar
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 31, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Concussions Post-Script – A Neurologist's Thoughts

I’d like to welcome and thank my good friend and noted UCLA Neurologist, Dr. Charles Flippen, II to Straight, No Chaser as a contributor to this topic. His words: “Everyone
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Heads Up! Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussion), Part II

Your son is a star in Friday Night Lights (actually football, not the TV show) and has been concussed.  Amazingly, the most common question I get asked is not “Will he be ok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Trauma Quick (Finger)Tips – Give Me the Finger!

What you’re seeing is not a five-finger salute gone bad. It’s an all too often occurrence: amputated fingers. Believe it or not, 90% of reattached fingers are done so successfu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 28, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Saturday Quick Tips – The Tooth of the Matter is…

What would you do if your tooth fell out or got knocked out? Here’s today’s Quick Tips. 1) Most importantly, be quick about it. You have a loss of survival of about 1%
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 27, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Beat the Heat (and Not Just in Miami)

When a loved one dies, families often ask “Is there something I could have done?” Usually I give you information. Today I want to give you information and power to act
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Back From the Dead (aka The One Piece of Medical Equipment I Wish You Had in Your House)

Have you ever heard of an AED (automated external defibrillator)? Well, you’re about to. We’ve promoted CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) a ton over the years, but recent rec
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Asthma – Toothpicks and Snot (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2013
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