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Wear a Mask: The New Normal

The answer really has been in front of our faces all along (no pun intended). I’ve long appreciated the wisdom of foreigners at airports walking around with their masks. It’s r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 2, 2020

Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Risk of Acquiring COVID-19

Introduction It’s time for health self-empowerment in the fight to lower your risk of acquiring COVID-19. Here are ten specific recommendations to give you and yours the best cha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 1, 2020

Coping with COVID-19

Introduction How are you coping with COVID-19? This disease has produced and is producing more cases in the U.S. than any other country in the world. Therefore, it’s time to appr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 30, 2020

Why Isn’t There a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Introduction Creating a coronavirus vaccine seems like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? However, creating any vaccine is among the most complicated and arduous endeavors in medic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update, Actions and Next Steps

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses the latest on COVID-19 and discusses actions and next steps. Number of Cases The United States is now contracting 40% of the new cas
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 25, 2020

Actual Criteria for Coronavirus Testing

Introduction Do you have any idea about the actual criteria for coronavirus testing? Even if you don’t want to know, if you’re talking or visiting a physician, you shou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Good News Post

Introduction Would you believe me if told you there was Coronavirus good news? Even in the first of what is likely to be weeks of a shutdown of activity for many places across the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 21, 2020

Coronavirus Myths, Part I

Introduction Yes, Coronavirus myths are a thing. Coronavirus is not an all-powerful entity that spells the end of mankind. We just have to be diligent in attacking this pandemic. T
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 19, 2020

Combating Coronavirus: In Support of a Mobilized National Response

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser discusses combating Coronavirus in the midst of the current pandemic. Here’s the question of the day: What’s the best public health re
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 16, 2020

Handling the Wide Variety of Bites!

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser guide addresses the different types of bites that we need to address, especially in the summer. How many times have you been bitten so far? Th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2019

April is STD Awareness Month

Introduction Yes, April is STD Awareness Month, but you need knowledge that will keep you protected year round. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 29, 2019

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Introduction January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. To that end, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) boldly proclaims “No woman should die of cervical cancer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2019

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Introduction Ladies, have you ever been told that you get urinary tract infections (aka UTIs or “bladder infections”) because you didn’t wipe front to back instead of back to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 25, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Infections Vlog

Introduction This is a Straight, No Chaser Sexually Transmitted Infections vlog. The Straight, No Chaser vlog series presents “health care basics” to keep you safe, healthy an
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 15, 2018

Treatment of Food Poisoning

Introduction The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed prev
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 13, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Food Contamination and Foodborne Illness

Introduction This post is about food contamination and minimizing your risk of foodborne illness. Those of you who are regular readers of Straight, No Chaser may have heard me sa
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 11, 2018

Flu Prevention without Receiving the Vaccine

Introduction This post discussion flu prevention options. Many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”). There are various reasons for this decis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 5, 2018

Flu Myths and Questions

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses flu myths and address a few frequently asked questions.Every year 36,000 people die and over 200,000 are hospitalized each year due
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 4, 2018

World AIDS Day

Introduction Today is World AIDS day. This isn’t 1983. The mystery of how HIV infection is contracted has come and gone. Be knowledgable to be empowered. This is the first blog i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 1, 2018

Preventing and Treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Introduction This post addresses preventing and treating urinary tract infections. At some point, you’ve got to be on board with the notion that you need to prevent some of the t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 26, 2018
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