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Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips for The Newborn Addition to Your Family

You’re excited. You have a newborn, or maybe you’re a new grandparent caring for the baby for the first time. I get more ‘deer in the headlight’ looks from these folks than
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 12, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Lactose Intolerance – It's Explosive!

So I’m at dinner with a group of friends, and somehow the topic gets to lactose intolerance. For 15 minutes. They were really into it. At dinner! You know what it is. Everyone se
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 12, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Learn The Physical Signs of Child Abuse

We need an army to protect children against child abuse. I will intermittently be discussing various forms of abuse, but to start with, I’d like to help you recognize physica
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 11, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: When That Headache is More Serious Than a Migraine

All headaches are not created equal.  Earlier we discussed migraines, but there’s a lot more to headaches than those.  In fact, when you come to an emergency room with a histor
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 9, 2013

Straight No Chaser: Myth Busters Edition – Migraine Headaches Fact vs. Fiction

There are 30 million migraine sufferers in the U.S. alone.  Women are thrice as likely to have them, but both sexes have to address the issues raised by them.  Here are some impo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 9, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Can You Get Chicken Pox Twice? Emergency Room Adventures: Introducing Shingles

It’s another interesting night in the ER.  My nurses are hounding me because there’s a patient with a rash, and they don’t know what it is.  They’re so good that they rar
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 8, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Spider Bites – Emergency Room Adventures, Part I

And I thought I was done with stuff biting you for a while… Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. I recall the first time I saw a banana spider. The thing seemed to be as
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 8, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Alcohol Facts and Fiction – The Myth Busters Edition

I’m going to put my personal spin on an old favorite: Alcohol Facts vs. Fiction.  Here’s your six-pack (plus one for the road) of common myths just waiting to be busted. 1
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 6, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Drink Too Much?

It’s one of those Straight, No Chaser (literally) days.  I haven’t addressed substance abuse much yet (and you know I will), but the problems with most intoxicating substances
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 6, 2013

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 August 5, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Month

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month, which brings attention to the more than 118,000 people nationwide waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Of the these men, wom
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 4, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Trauma Quick Tips and The Week In Review

This week in Straight, No Chaser, we reviewed multiple topics related to Trauma, the #1 cause of death between ages 1-44.  Here’s the Week In Review and featured Quick Tips.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 4, 2013

Quick Tips on Elderly Falls

Introduction This post is about elderly falls Are all of you DIYers (do it yourself) ready for a weekend project to help a loved one? Here you go. First, let’s start with some no
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions on Treatment of Fire Related Injuries

Questions, you’ve got questions (Why are you so shy about posting them?).  Here we go.  Today, your focus is on the aftermath and treatment of fire related injury. 1)   W
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Roof Is On Fire – The Trauma of Residential Fires

As Trauma Week winds down on Straight, No Chaser, we work our way back home, which sadly is the site of most traumatic injuries.  In fact, about 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Gunshot and Stab Wounds

 Your Top Five Questions:  1. Why don’t the bullets always get taken out?  Removal of bullet may cause more damage than leaving them in.  It’s sometimes not worth the effo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 1, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Violent Crimes – Gunshot and Stab Wounds

Penetrating trauma (PT) is of such magnitude in this country that it is nearly impossible to do it justice in short form. This is primarily a medical blog, and as such I’ll defer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 1, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Who Let The Dogs Out? Animal Bites

Human Shark Week wouldn’t be complete without reviewing something getting bitten. Bow-Wow Ows Dogs bite almost 5 million people yearly, resulting in 800,000 visits to a healthcar
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 31, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Concussions Post-Script – A Neurologist's Thoughts

I’d like to welcome and thank my good friend and noted UCLA Neurologist, Dr. Charles Flippen, II to Straight, No Chaser as a contributor to this topic. His words: “Everyone
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Heads Up! Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussion), Part II

Your son is a star in Friday Night Lights (actually football, not the TV show) and has been concussed.  Amazingly, the most common question I get asked is not “Will he be ok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2013
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