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Just a Little Prick

Published: September 25, 2010

The scientific community has won a battle that favors reason over fear. On August 27th, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling denying that a link exists between childhood vaccinations and autism. Will this put an end to the debate? Probably not. A recent study shows that one in four parents thinks that vaccines can cause autism. read more »

And Speaking of Gut Bacteria

Published: September 25, 2010

A better understanding of the ecosystem we all carry inside us is going to allow us to produce a healthier GI tract, which will have positive effects on many areas of health. Health food stores are now selling “pro-biotic” products, and while this practice seems great in theory, the research is only now getting done to confirm or deny the specifics read more »

FDA appears poised to get off its fat behind

Published: September 16, 2010

Finally it appears that long overdue action is imminent on the national scandal of antibiotic use in animal feedlots. Doctors have long sought to limit our use of antibiotics to avoid the development of resistance; a grave concern, given that bacteria like the flesh eating staphylococcus aureus have already developed resistances to all forms of penicillin read more »

A Fever All Through The Night

Published: August 17, 2010

A medical story from our pals at the New Scientist Magazine tackles the subject of fever. In the July 31st edition, an article by Robert Mathews dishes out the facts on some new concerns arising from recent studies. Fever is something we are all familiar with. You wake up one morning feeling groggy and tired, so you consult your thermometer, which confirms read more »

Weighing In: Dr. Aguilar on Whooping Cough

Published: August 11, 2010

Dr. Doug hosts the radio program Radio Parallax, which can be heard in the Davis/Sacramento area on KDVS 90.3FM on Thursday evening from 5-6PM. Recently, Dr. Doug interviewed his friend and fellow physician Dr. Gary Aguilar about his contraction of the debilitating bacterium B. pertussis, the cause of the disease known as whooping cough. This firsthand read more »

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