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Fifteen Tips to Care for Diabetic Skin, Part 2

Introduction This post provides diabetic skin care tips! In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the frailty of  diabetic skin and discussed how that sets one up for
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 14, 2018

Diabetic Skin Problems, Part 1

Introduction Today we begin a discussion on diabetic skin problems. Diabetic Skin Problems If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely notic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 13, 2018

The Day You Get Diagnosed With HIV

Introduction This blog focuses on the conversation physicians have with patients newly diagnosed with HIV. It is the seventh and final blog in the series on HIV and AIDS. To read
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 18, 2018

HIV and STD Risks From Sexual Activities Other Than Intercourse

Introduction – HIV and STD risks This blog focuses on your HIV and STD risks from sexual activities other than intercourse. It is the sixth blog in an ongoing series on HIV
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 17, 2018

HIV and STD Risks From Specific Acts of Sexual Intercourse

Introduction – HIV and STD risks This blog focuses on your HIV and STD risks from specific acts of sexual intercourse. It is the fifth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and A
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 16, 2018

What Are The Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

Introduction This is the fourth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS and focuses on symptoms of HIV and AIDS. To read a discussion of HIV being eliminated from the body, click
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 15, 2018

How Do You Contract HIV and AIDS?

Introduction Fortunately, this isn’t 1983, but HIV and AIDS are still far too common. Thankfully, we now know how HIV infection is contracted. Yet, HIV and AIDS awareness are
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 14, 2018

Do You Know the Definition of AIDS?

Introduction This is the second blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. Click here for the introductory blog. What is AIDS? After all these years, it’s still an interesting a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 13, 2018

HIV Awareness Month – Can HIV Be Eliminated From the Body?

Introduction It’s HIV Awareness Month. Certainly you’ve noticed there’s a lot less chatter about HIV lately. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 12, 2018

Flu Prevention

It’s time to get your flu shots! Of course, many people choose not to get the influenza vaccine (the “flu shot”) for various reasons, some more reasonable than ot
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 24, 2018

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
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