Health Notes

Eight Tips for Keeping Your Summer Foods Safe

by Dr. Sasan Gholami on July 16, 2015

In the summer, we talk a lot about the bugs that bite – causing itches and diseases that are less than fun. But have you thought much about the bugs inside your favorite summer feasts?

Outdoor picnics and grilling can mean prime time for dangerous food-borne bacteria. The most common ones we see include salmonella, norovirus, E. coli, listeria, campylobacter and clostridium perfingens. They can cause food poisoning and can result in illness, hospitalization and even death.

Staying healthy means taking a few extra picnic precautions. Here are my top eight tips for keeping your favorite summer foods safe:

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Pack These Travel Tips for Your Next Retirement Trip

by Katina Granger on June 5, 2015

No matter where the destination may be, many people look forward to seeing the world once they retire. What many don’t consider are all of the precautions you should take to make sure your trip is both enjoyable and safe.

Health and safety should be at the top of your travel “to-do” list. So what do Methodist Physicians Clinic doctors want you to remember as you prepare for your trip? Here’s a short list of what you should consider next time you wander far from home:

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Tapeworms Cause Brain Infections in U.S. Patients

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As summertime grilling season gets underway, the CDC is sounding the alarm about a danger that could be lurking in your dinner meat. There’s been a massive spike in the rate of tapeworm infections in the brains of patients here in the U.S. The brain infections, called neurocysticerosis, begin when cysts harboring larvae from pork […]

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Travelers Bring Home Antibiotic-Resistant Bug

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With dangerous “superbugs” already making headlines, add another drug-resistant bacteria to the list causing concern among physicians. This one is infecting travelers, and then spreading quickly once they get home. The bacterium causing concern is known as shigella sonnei, and it’s behind some 500,000 cases of extreme diarrhea in the U.S. each year. But now, […]

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Nothing “Super” about a Superbug

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They are potentially deadly bacteria with no current way to stop them, wreaking havoc within the bodies they infect. While antibiotics have been used for years to knock out harmful bacteria that make us sick, superbugs are drug-resistant, meaning antibiotics won’t help. A dangerous superbug called CRE (carbapanemase-producing Enterobacteria) has been making headlines for infecting […]

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Think Spring… and Spring Break Safety

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It’s that time of year again, when the winter doldrums have us all dreaming of escaping to someplace warm. For some, that means planning for a spring break getaway just a few weeks from now. When it comes to travel planning finding a swimsuit that fits shouldn’t be the only thing on your “to-do” list. […]

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Measles Strikes Douglas County

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First Disneyland, now Douglas County. The Douglas County Health Department has confirmed a case of the measles. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus, which spreads by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It’s so contagious, any person exposed to it who isn’t immune may likely catch it. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red […]

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Vaccines Put Outbreaks on Ice

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Score one for viruses, germs and the importance of vaccines. When it comes to disease, no one is immune. Just weeks ago, an outbreak of mumps sidelined several professional hockey players in the NHL. More than a dozen players were infected with the disease and with an incubation period of 14 to 18 days, more […]

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AIDS Diagnosis Means Ongoing Care

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Today, more than a million Americans are living with AIDS. It’s a pretty staggering number. But now consider this: As of two years ago, only 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control. And approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in […]

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Keeping Foodborne Bacteria Away from your Holiday Plate

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The holidays are a time for sharing with family and friends. But the last things you want to share are bacteria, parasites and viruses. Without great care, unfortunately, holiday meals and gatherings are a breeding ground for things that can make people sick. Foodborne illnesses are all too easy and quickly spread. Each year, an […]

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