It’s 2015, and we’re talking about measles. Not Enterovirus. Not Ebola. Not RSV. Not influenza. Instead, we’re talking about a historical virus that was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000. Most pediatricians who began practicing within the last 15 years have never even seen the disease. Measles starts as a high fever followed by a cough, runny nose (coryza), red and watery eyes (conjunctivitis), and tiny white spots inside the mouth ...

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One of the cornerstones of the practice of medicine is finding imperfection in things. When the doctor encounters the patient, the latter expects the former to find out what is “wrong.” In fact, I often see a patient and find nothing wrong, and when I voice this out loud the parents often ask, “Are you sure?” I completed medical school over 7 and a half years ago. During that time I’ve ...

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Let’s talk about vaccine ingredients. I am reading less about vaccines causing autism (we all know that theory is utter nonsense, right?) and more about vague concerns regarding the chemicals in vaccines. To begin with, we are surrounded by chemicals. Water (H2O), caffeine (C8H10N4O2), sugar (C12H22O11) are all chemicals.  But perhaps it is the unfamiliar ingredients that people find intimidating. Let’s tackle the ingredients in the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine ...

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Measles Makes an Unwelcome Visit to Disneyland Health Alert after Disneyland linked to measles outbreak Mickey, Minnie and measles for nine Disneyland tourists The headlines from January 7th and 8th told an increasingly serious story about America’s vaccine civil war -- a story that was to explode in the weeks ahead. We’ve come to expect that kind of story to be uncovered by a major news network with expertly trained, ...

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shutterstock_83139061 A few weeks ago Bill Maher made a number of critical remarks about medicine and physicians. I sent Mr. Maher the following response in an effort to address his comments. I am sharing this with you in hopes that other physicians will also speak out in defense of our profession. Dear Mr. Maher, Let me start by saying that I have been a ...

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shutterstock_227904523 This morning, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook that was titled, “Dear anti-vax parents, we’re not mad at you. Sincerely, your doctor.” She had captioned it, “Maybe when all the vitriol and anger and judgment dies down, maybe we can start having conversations like this, instead.” The funny thing is that I had posted the exact same ...

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My father’s sister Mary died from measles when she was six years old. Her death haunted my grandparents for the rest of their lives. She was one of the thousands who died each year from measles before there was a vaccine to prevent this life-threatening disease. Her story has always stayed with me -- from my days as a child to my years in medical school. And once again I’m reminded of ...

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In a followup to his vaccine PSA, Jimmy Kimmel's crew take to the streets and absurdly ask whether vaccines should be a child's choice.  Priceless.

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Don't Like ICD-10? Don't Worry -- ICD-11 is on the Horizon. As U.S. physicians gear up to put the ICD-10 coding system in place by the upcoming Oct. 1 deadline, work is being done elsewhere on the coding system's next-generation product: ICD-11.
  2. Docs Struggle With Vaccine Spacing. Ninety-three percent ...

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Jimmy Kimmel gets doctors to say how they really feel about the anti-vaccine movement.  It's about f'n time.  

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