Health Notes

Charlie Sheen Announcement Brings Awareness to HIV

by Dr. Rudolf Kotula on November 18, 2015

Charlie Sheen HIVOn Tuesday, Hollywood icon Charlie Sheen announced to the world that he is HIV positive. In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY Show, he said he learned of his diagnosis four years ago.

Every time I hear a celebrity talk about their medical challenges – whatever they may be – I believe it’s a good thing. It brings awareness to issues we don’t often hear or talk about on a daily basis. Perhaps you weren’t aware about the incredible progress that has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Water-Borne Bug Strikes Douglas County Kids

by Dr. Rudolf Kotula on September 14, 2015

CryptosporidiumThe Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) says it’s investigating 31 cases of a nasty water-borne parasite making kids in the metro sick.

The parasite is known as Cryptosporidium, and there have been 25 confirmed cases locally just since August 1st. The median age is 11, but has struck people ages 1 to 38. Several of the patients attended daycares or visited water parks and pools while having the symptoms. The DCHD is now working with those facilities to treat the water appropriately and prevent others from getting the bug.

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Preparing for Your Trip to Cuba

September 8, 2015
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Cuba’s beautiful Cienfuegos Bay. Blog photos courtesy of Dr. Marvin Bittner. For decades, trade and travel to Cuba, our nearest island neighbor, was off limits to Americans. However just a few short months ago, the U.S. lifted its restrictions against this country just 90 miles off the Florida coast. Now, Americans have the opportunity to […]

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Tainted Cilantro Spreads Sickness

August 10, 2015
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Cilantro is a longtime favorite summer garnish. It’s used in salsas and salads to add a fresh lime-like flavor to any dish. But some cilantro has been bringing a little something extra to the family meal: human feces. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a partial ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico […]

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Eight Tips for Keeping Your Summer Foods Safe

July 16, 2015
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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, […]

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Pack These Travel Tips for Your Next Retirement Trip

June 5, 2015
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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 […]

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Tapeworms Cause Brain Infections in U.S. Patients

May 29, 2015
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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

April 16, 2015
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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

March 24, 2015
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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

February 19, 2015
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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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