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Thursday, September 4, 2008
The big news in the media is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, which is discussed this month in our “Pediatric Patient Care” column on page 38.   Intensified Public Awareness of MRSA It seems like MRSA has been around for quite some time, but now it is hot news and in the public eye. Newspapers, magazines, radio and TV are covering the topic. The schools are sending notifications home to parents when a child has a staph infection resistant to methicillin — even a very minor, limited one. Not surprisingly, my kids are asking me abou
Thursday, September 4, 2008
An official looking letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs arrived. “I am writing to inform you that a portable computer hard drive used by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is missing. The hard drive included demographic information and identifiers, such as UPIN, dates of birth, state license numbers, business addresses and what may be your employer identification number.” The letter, dated May 2007, reminded me of last year’s news story: the theft of a Veterans Administration computer that contained personal data on millions of veterans and active-
Thursday, October 6, 2011
An inside look at dermatology issues from Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD
Thursday, June 3, 2010
With the possible exception of antibiotics for infections, isotretinoin offers patients one of the few miracle cures in medicine. Curing a severe acne patient with isotretinoin is one of the highlights of being a dermatologist. Extraordinarily effective for patients with even the most horrible, scarring, debilitating acne, the drug is remarkably well tolerated. The common adverse event — dryness, nose bleeds, cheilitis, etc. — are mere annoyances that patients put up with quite well. There are a couple of side effects, however, that warrant serious attention. Real Isotretinoin Risks</