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Straight, No Chaser: Lowering Your Risk for Infection

There are things you know, there are things you know but don’t really know, and there are still other things that you think you know that you don’t know at all. When it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What is MRSA? Causes, Prevention & Treatments

One of the things that’s changed a lot from when I first started practicing medicine is people show up every day to the emergency room for mosquito and spider bites.  The lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Sealed with a (Wrong Type of) Kiss – Zoonotic Diseases

It’s interesting how we take animals for granted. Many of us touch and handle them, play with them. Some people keep their pets in their faces, allowing them to kiss and lick the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding Mosquito-Bourne Diseases

Sometimes things occur so frequently that you become sensitized to the real danger they present. This thought occurred to me when I saw Bill Gates talking about efforts to elimin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Emergency Room Adventures – The Risk of Rabies

Depending on the circumstances of your life, sometimes risks are theoretical, and other times risks become occurrences… You can’t make this stuff up. It’s another bu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Animal Bites

We love our pets, and animals in general. Is there one about which a movie hasn’t been made? In most cases they are sources of entertainment, if not love. Unfortunately, they
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Human Bites

The votes are in, and it appears that Jaws (from James Bond fame) found the previous post, well… biting.  Here’s your questions and answers about human bites: 1)  
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Human Bites

I have had weird experiences with humans biting humans, as have most physicians. There are several different types of human bites, which can range from harmless to surgically serio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

There’s nothing pleasant in talking about bedbugs, but’s it is even worse to have to deal with them, so let’s get you some information to help you prevent and address these b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Travelers’ Diarrhea

This is the time of year in the U.S. when you wished you were somewhere else. (Hawaii, Africa, Australia or Mexico for a nice cruise, anyone?) Unfortunately, sometimes when you tra
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Step on a Nail? What Happens Next?

What would you do if you stepped on a nail? What if the nail was rusty? Does it make a difference if you were wearing shoes? Is stepping on a nail dangerous? Why does everyone pron
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 4, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Living With An Incurable Sexually Transmitted Infection

You’ve requested it, and it’s only fair. We’ve spent a lot of time discussing sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs, STIs). It’s reasonable to discuss living w
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Treatment of Pubic Lice (Crabs)

There’s no dishonor in needing help. A pubic lice infestation is one of many types of conditions that can lead to a complete disruption of your life. These are full-time parasite
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 24, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Unfortunately, there’s no pleasant way around this topic. I hope the topic doesn’t make you crabby. There is a story of legend in the medical community regarding the trends
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What To Do If You Suspect a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

It’s been a long and productive sex week here at Straight, No Chaser. We’ve run the gamut of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other genital conditions, and li
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 22, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cervical Cancer – The Sexually Transmitted Cancer

Let’s put this take home message up front: here’s a pretty good demonstration of the value of vaccines. I hope that each of you resolves to get any children you care f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Toxic Shock Syndrome

Straight, No Chaser has addressed Staphylococcus (aka Staph) infections on several occasions; in fact, Staph is the microorganism that is responsible for all those MRSA (methicilli
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: About Cold Sores and Herpes

Some of you are consumed with fear. Maybe for some it’s stricken with guilt. In any event this topic is simply another example of not being adequately armed with the knowledge yo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: STDs – Questions About Herpes

If you’re in a room, look around. Look to your left, then to your right. Look behind and in front of you. Then look deep inside yourself. Statistically, one of the people you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Sexual Assault (Rape) and What To Do If You’re a Victim

In this series on sexual assault (aka sexual violence, rape), I’m going to lean on best practices largely provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 19, 2018
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