Medical, Scientific & Academic

A few selected projects on subject matter I enjoy and can translate into jargon-free language easily understood by non-academic readers.

5 tips for preventing swimmer's ear

Now that you know a lot more about swimmer’s ear and how to treat it, here are some tips that may prevent the condition from developing the next time your holiday plans or family routine include fun on the water. Earwax protects against foreign objects entering the ear canal and helps repel water. Its acidic pH also helps prevent the overgrowth of microorganisms. Removing the wax removes the moisture barrier, leaving exposed wet skin vulnerable to infection.

Understanding vaccines: HPV (Gardasil, Cervarix)

As parents, we face a number of new vaccine options. Because we didn’t grow up with these new vaccines or learn about them in school, they are not always well understood. And, since some of the new vaccines often are not part of national immunization schedules, a lot of parents wonder how necessary they are and if the extra expense is cost effective. Over the next weeks and months, we’ll be posting about some of these newer immunizations. We’ll start today by sharing some basic information.

Resisting Antibiotics

When Professor Alexander Fleming noted the powerful effect of penicillium notatum mold on a lab dish of staphylococcus bacteria back in 1928, a new era in medical treatment was born. Infected wounds and previously life-threatening or debilitating illnesses, including many childhood diseases, soon became treatable—and survivable—as scientists developed a range of powerful antibiotic drugs. For those of us raising families now, the magnitude of this advance is difficult to imagine or overstate.

About Malaria

Malaria is a serious illness. It is generally most dangerous for children and pregnant women. Mosquitoes are not the cause but the carrier (vector) of malaria. Certain mosquito species inject a tiny parasite into the human bloodstream when they bite. The malaria parasite attacks the liver and, in some cases, the nervous system and brain, particularly if the disease is not treated promptly. Muthaiga Pediatrics recommends a two-step approach to malaria prevention for all families living in or visiting areas of East Africa that are less than 2,500 feet above sea level.