Do you Need an Antibiotic? What are they, What do they do, and How do they do it?

I love getting messages from readers, and G.L asks some very good questions about how modern medicine works. So good in fact, that I have decided to share them with you and to devote this month's post to antibiotics.  “Dear Dr. Davis, I read your blog and I have a question you might be able …

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Climate Disruption, Forest Fragmentation: How Reduced Biodiversity leads to Increased Disease Load from Zoonosis.

Recently, an exchange on social media concerning Lyme disease and ticks prompted a good deal of disinformation, which was followed by several text messages to me asking such questions as, "Can ticks really carry rabies?" or, "Is there a vaccine for Lyme disease?" At a time of climactic change, we are seeing a rapid rise in …

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Bullies, Bullying, and the Long-term Consequences.

Recently, one of my followers on LinkedIn and a reader of my Medical Science Blog messaged me to ask my opinion on bullying. While I have not practiced psychology for some years, I had some experience in this capacity, although from a more personal standpoint. Any child growing up in the 1960s and 1970s most …

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Inoculations or Masks. One Epidemiologists View.

Recently, I was asked by a Healthcare Provider in my State my opinion concerning a company policy. There has been some issues around the influenza policy of this healthcare organization, where healthcare workers can either get the seasonal vaccination or wear a mask for the season. As an  epidemiologist, what were my thoughts on such …

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Could we blow up the world with nuclear weapons?

Ever since the latest ruler of North Korea began testing missiles; the threat of detonation of nuclear devices is more often on the minds of the public. Simply stated, as long as these weapons of annihilation exist, so too will the temptation to use them. Although military experts speak of the survivability of what they …

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

During the late teens and early 20’s of the last century, the War to end all wars (a misnomer if there ever was one) had ended, and the Spanish Flu (that originated in Kansas) had run its devastating course. Perhaps no period in American history saw such abrupt changes to society as the period of the …

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On Being a Disease Detective

  Recently, I was asked what a disease detective did. While I considered my response, a situation came to mind from a few years back that captured the process perfectly. The following events are true, the names of been changed to protect the innocent, namely me. Shifu: This can't be right, it must be a …

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