Ebola’s Here. Should You Be Worried?

The country’s first Ebola patient—Thomas Eric Duncan, who was visiting Dallas from West Africa—has died. But the fact that he was mistakenly sent home when he first showed up at a Texas hospital complaining of symptoms, does not exactly inspire confidence in our healthcare system. Especially considering that CDC director Thomas Frieden said in a Tuesday news conference that “we’re stopping [Ebola] in its tracks in this country.” I mean, you gotta wonder: Can we be sure? After all, Duncan told a hospital nurse that …

Change of Advice on Pneumonia Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that people age 65 and older get two pneumonia vaccines — the traditional shot as well as a newer version that can offer additional protection. An immunization advisory panel to the CDC voted 13-2 in August to recommend that those 65-plus get the newer vaccine, called Prevnar 13, even if they already have had the current version, Pneumovax 23. Those who have not gotten a pneumonia vaccine yet should …

Por qué los adultos diabéticos -y todos-nos debemos vacunar

Como ya les he contado, mi esposo es diabético Tipo 1 (insulinodependiente) desde niño. Y si bien es ésta una enfermedad crónica, tratamos siempre de encontrar en ello algún aspecto positivo para poder seguir adelante disfrutando de la vida con salud en nuestros años maduros. Uno de esos aspectos es que tenemos que llevar un estilo de vida saludable y no olvidar los cuidados preventivos indicados por el endocrinólogo. Digamos que nos cuidamos bien. Por eso son muchas las visitas …

Los jabones antibacterianos: ¿Ahora sí­ funcionan?

Las opiniones de los expertos en materia de higiene y salud pública siguen encontradas en cuanto a la efectividad del uso de jabones antibacterianos para garantizar la salubridad general y prevenir la transmisión de virus, gérmenes y bacterias, sobre todo en la cocina durante la preparación de alimentos. Mira también: Jabones antibacterianos, ¿son necesarios? Si bien a finales del año pasado la Administración de Medicamentos y Alimentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) informó que no existí­a evidencia contundente para …

Hospital Infections Kill 200 Patients a Day

Patients go to a hospital to get better, not to get an additional infection that makes them sicker or even kills them. Yet every day more than 200 Americans will die from an infection they developed during their hospital stay, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although the CDC’s newest data show some improvement in the number of these hospital-acquired infections, they are still a major problem. According to the government’s survey of 183 hospitals in 2011, …

The Surprising Risks of Antibiotics

The next time you find yourself asking for an antibiotic to treat a nasty cough or sinus infection – or accepting one when your doctor offers it - consider this: Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics and putting patients at risk, sometimes giving patients three times as many antibiotics as are warranted, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This practice can cause harmful side effects and lead to infections that kill thousands of Americans …