Infectious Diseases

Father's Complicated Case of Pneumonia

April 22, 2019

Father’s Complicated Case of Pneumonia

By ShastaJade ShastaJade

It’s been 2 weeks since my dad was transferred to UCLA hospital. (Currently there in the ICU). This has been a very complicated case and the following will explain why. Upon arrival at UCLA an assessment took place, many different test and scans were taken. Checking all organs and organ systems (All of which came […]

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Tags: and MRSA, infections, patient stories, physical therapist, Sepsis, speech therapist, Staph Pneumonia, stroke


Ask the Doctors - Do antibiotics increase the risk of colon polyps?

September 24, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do antibiotics increase the risk of colon polyps?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly revolutionized medicine, saving countless lives against multiple types of bacterial infections.  However, with antibiotics […]

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Tags: antibiotics, Ask the Doctors, bacteria, colon polyps, colonoscopy, Dr. Robert Ashley


Ask the Doctors - Does zinc help with colds?

September 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does zinc help with colds?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: Does zinc help with colds? First, let’s look at zinc’s impact in general. Zinc is an important element needed for a healthy immune system.  The link between zinc deficiency and infections was first noted in the Middle East 50 years ago.  Some zinc-deficient patients had such severe immune dysfunction that they died by […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, colds, Dr. Robert Ashley, zinc


Ask the Doctors - What is 'rat urine disease'?

September 7, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What is ‘rat urine disease’?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: Our youngest daughter is starting college in New York City this fall and on top of all the empty nest emotions my husband and I are dealing with, a friend has warned us about something she saw on the news called “rat urine disease.” What is it? Should we be worried? There’s nothing […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, leptospira, leptospirosis, rat urine disease, rats


Ask the Doctors - How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

August 27, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two different organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitides.  Streptococcous causes nearly 50 percent of meningitis […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bacterial meningitis, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningitis, Neisseria meningitides, Streptocooccus pneumoniae, vaccinations


California: State's big population means more mosquito-borne infections

July 2, 2018

California: State’s big population means more mosquito-borne infections

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

  Despite its dry, temperate climate, California had more mosquito-borne infections than any U.S. state from 2004 to 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The California numbers are primarily attributable to the state’s large population (more than 39 million) and strong public health reporting system, said Dr. Claire Panosian […]

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Tags: Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Aedes sierrensis, Anopheles freeborni, Asian tiger mosquito, chikungunya, Culex pipiens/Culex quinquefasciatus, Culex tarsalis, dengue, Dr. Claire Panosian, Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Est Nigh virus


Ask the Doctors - Do I really need to be screened for hepatitis C

June 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do I really need to be screened for hepatitis C

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

My doctor recommends that I be tested for hepatitis C, and I’ve also seen commercials urging people to get tested for the virus – but I have no risk factors for Hepatitis C. Is it really necessary to test me for it? Hepatitis C is one of many viral illnesses that affect the liver. The majority of people who become acutely infected […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hepatitis C, hepatitis C screening, interferon


Ask the Doctors - Should adults be vaccinated against measles?

May 24, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should adults be vaccinated against measles?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: I’ve been reading about measles outbreaks in the U.S and abroad. Are these new cases really all that dangerous? As an adult, should I get vaccinated? Measles is an ancient and highly contagious respiratory infection. It has inspired fear and dread from its earliest written references, which date all the way back to […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, measles, measles complications, measles symptoms, measles vaccination, measles virus, rubeola, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis


Ask the Doctors - Does vaccination in the fall prevent flu in the spring?

May 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does vaccination in the fall prevent flu in the spring?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: If I received the flu shot in September, am I still protected from the flu in March?   That’s a very good question – and the answer depends, in part, on your current health. The flu season normally lasts from November to March, but it can begin in October and even end in […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, chronic illness, Dr. Robert Ashley, flu shot, flu vaccination, immunity, influenza, seasonal influenza


Ask the Doctors - How worried should we be about polio outbreaks elsewhere in the world?

April 16, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How worried should we be about polio outbreaks elsewhere in the world?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: I heard about a polio outbreak in Nigeria. Might there be an outbreak here in the U.S.?   Polio is a crippling, and sometimes fatal, infectious disease that was once common in the United States. Caused by the polio virus, the disease was widespread among children. During the 1940s and ‘50s, outbreaks caused […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, International travel, polio, vaccinations