Beyond the Headlines: Going In-Depth About the Zika Virus

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is one of two types of mosquito that could spread the Zika virus in the United States. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Zika virus is in the news. It’s an infection you get from certain types of mosquitoes, and it’s linked to a sometimes devastating birth defect called microcephaly. More on that later. Here are the latest facts on the disease and why you should care. […]

By | April 12th, 2016|Critters, Infectious Disease|3 Comments

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It was inevitable that the virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, would come to the United States. Friday, the CDC announced that it has hit our shores through at least one known infected person. You may have seen this announcement being reported in the media. Here’s some information to help you put the news into context. […]

By | May 3rd, 2014|Infectious Disease|8 Comments

H1N1: Your Flu Questions, Answered

Bonus post for the week, published now due to timeliness. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The flu is in full swing, and this year, H1N1 is back. The virus previously known as swine flu, which caused the 2009 pandemic, is causing most of the infections in 2014 too. H1N1 is a particularly bad strain, and people are hearing all sorts of things about it—and have all sorts of questions. So I asked via Facebook and Twitter what you want to know. You responded with a lot of great questions. In this video, I answer many of the ones specifically about H1N1. For even more answers about the flu, scroll down. (If the answer to your question isn’t here, I apologize. I addressed as many as I could.) […]

By | January 15th, 2014|Infectious Disease|16 Comments

When Every Breath Hurts: What to Do

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Breathing is so natural, so automatic. The only time we notice it is if we’re not getting enough oxygen or it’s painful to breathe (or if you start thinking about it, like you are right now). If breathing is painful, we start holding our breath or breathing less deeply, which makes us want to breathe even more. If this happens to you and you can’t get medical help, you’ll want to know how to stop this cycle. There are some simple things that can help, but in the end, professional treatment may be the only thing that fixes it. Depending on the cause, you may need quick treatment for more than just painful breathing anyway. […]

By | November 20th, 2012|Infectious Disease|129 Comments