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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

Straight, No Chaser: The Drama of Motor Vehicle Trauma

‘Tis not my task to preach but to inform.   Maybe you think you’ve heard it all before, but let me lay it all out for you so you can truly be an informed consumer.  Forewarn
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 29, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Why is Life so Traumatic? (aka Human Shark Week!)

Introduction If there were a human equivalent to shark week, it would be TRAUMA WEEK!  That’s right.  Trauma has all the drama, excitement and tragedy as shark bites and often
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 28, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Saturday Quick Tips – The Tooth of the Matter is…

What would you do if your tooth fell out or got knocked out? Here’s today’s Quick Tips. 1) Most importantly, be quick about it. You have a loss of survival of about 1%
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 27, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Beat the Heat (and Not Just in Miami)

When a loved one dies, families often ask “Is there something I could have done?” Usually I give you information. Today I want to give you information and power to act
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Back From the Dead (aka The One Piece of Medical Equipment I Wish You Had in Your House)

Have you ever heard of an AED (automated external defibrillator)? Well, you’re about to. We’ve promoted CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) a ton over the years, but recent rec
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Asthma – Toothpicks and Snot (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2013
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