Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot

As an emergency medicine physician, popular spectator events such as the Super Bowl usually mean little more than a temporary slowing in the rate of patient arrivals, especially among males, a phenomenon described in several countries in addition to the U.S. A recent Upshot post shows that the impact of widely popular spectator events extendsContinue reading “Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot”

The WSJ as purveyor of evidence on echinacea and flu

An article in this week’s Wall Street Journal‘s Health column–Can Echinacea Melt Winter’s Colds and Flu? –is illustrative of some limitations of the media’s role as a purveyor of scientific information.  Specifically, the writer opted to highlight two scientifically flawed trials, without mention of a  2014 Cochrane Database Systematic Review on the topic, a review that encompassed 24Continue reading “The WSJ as purveyor of evidence on echinacea and flu”

Times Square and Influenza

On this New Year’s Eve, I wanted to share this factoid from the CDC on the benefits of influenza vaccination in the 2014-15 flu season.  As you see the nearly one million people counting down to 2016 in Times Square, remember that the flu vaccine prevents that many people from needing medical visits in oneContinue reading “Times Square and Influenza”

Children’s Sinusitis Guideline in Iambic Pentameter

The American Academy of Pediatrics acute sinusitis guideline was too complex for limerickification, and even resisted sonnet format, so here it is in iambic pentameter. Nasal discharge’s mostly allergic or viral And thus needs only symptomatic care With no need for an antimicrobial trial Unless high-risk and flu virus is there.   Only think sinusitis as a cause InContinue reading “Children’s Sinusitis Guideline in Iambic Pentameter”