Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?

More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?

‘Kissing bugs’ and Chagas parasite explained

Recent reports suggest that the terrifying “kissing bugs” may be cause for concern for health officials in Dallas and statewide. “The beetle-like insects typically crawl out of walls at night, attracted by carbon dioxide people exhale while asleep,” writes Reporting Texas. “They bite the face and lips, gorge on blood, and defecate into the wound and transmit … Continue reading ‘Kissing bugs’ and Chagas parasite explained

As Ebola spreads in West Africa, Dallas-area doctors urge calm

Dr. Cristie Columbus, M.D., is an infectious disease specialist and the assistant medical director for epidemiology and infection control and prevention for Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and Baylor Scott & White Health — North Texas division. She joined other experts on Think on KERA-FM (90.1) for a discussion on Ebola. Listen to the show here. The … Continue reading As Ebola spreads in West Africa, Dallas-area doctors urge calm