The Gut-Brain Axis and Its Relationship to Health

Introduction to the Gut-Brain Axis Everything is connected. At a large scale, this is true when thinking about our planet: our choices influence our environment, which affects the plants and animals of our ecosystem. Ultimately, the systems come back to influence us once again. These same effects occur locally: the actions and kindnesses we should … Continue reading The Gut-Brain Axis and Its Relationship to Health

More than Just Skin Deep: COVID and the Skin

by Dr. Shahrzad Alimohammadi and Edited by Dr. Christopher M. Cirino The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic erupted in early December 2019 and spread worldwide in the ensuing months. SARS-CoV-2 causes mild to severe respiratory infections and gastrointestinal, neurological, and dermatological complications (Li et al. 2020; Singh et al. 2021). Skin manifestations in COVID may appear in … Continue reading More than Just Skin Deep: COVID and the Skin

What is Leptospirosis? Why is it on the Incline in Philippines?

From January to June of 2021, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported a spike in leptospirosis cases compared to the same time in 2020 (589 compared to 520)

59 year old with Meningitis, Lung Cancer, Confusion, and Brain Lesions

59 year old with Meningitis, Lung Cancer, Confusion, and Brain Lesions Written by Charis Bush, OMS IV, edited by Christopher Cirino, DO MPH Case Report: A 59-year-old male presents with 7 months of headache and nausea, along with 30 lbs weight loss in that time period. He was found to have an abnormal screening chest … Continue reading 59 year old with Meningitis, Lung Cancer, Confusion, and Brain Lesions

Case Report: 37 year old with injection drug abuse and endocarditis

  Case Report: 37-year old with injection drug misadventure   A 37-year old presents with confusion and mental status change. He had injected heroin and was found in a homeless camp with a decreased level of consciousness and concern of overdose. History was limited.  He has a history of methamphetamine/heroin injection drug use. Upon arrival … Continue reading Case Report: 37 year old with injection drug abuse and endocarditis

COVID Resources Page: Hyperlinked Articles and Questions

COVID-19 Hyperlinked Articles with Key Points Below is a summary of Key Points along with their hyperlinks. I have also listed the questions which can be hyperlinked directly into the site #1 COVID:  Can a novel coronavirus epidemic be contained? Key Points Addressed in Article Introduction Information to the COVID-19 Outbreak What are Coronaviruses? Other … Continue reading COVID Resources Page: Hyperlinked Articles and Questions

COVID: Amid the Rising Caseload in the United States, the Country Braces Itself

Key Points Addressed in this Article 1. What does "flatten the curve mean" 2. How is a virus like a natural disaster? 3. What are the features of social distancing? 4. What does a PCR mean and how sensitive is it? 5. What are the benefits of Scaling up Tests? 6. What other tests can … Continue reading COVID: Amid the Rising Caseload in the United States, the Country Braces Itself

Fear in the Age of Coronavirus: Reasons why COVID-19 is hitting our self-preservation nerve

Key Points Addressed in Article Characteristics of COVID-19 disease that creates fear We sat and watched the Chinese government implement its draconian measures on the Wuhan, Hubei province and the rest of the country.  We saw leaks of photos and videos capturing these harrowing times.  Healthcare workers strained to meet the needs of the surge … Continue reading Fear in the Age of Coronavirus: Reasons why COVID-19 is hitting our self-preservation nerve

In a Nutshell: Protect Yourself from Viral Infections (+ COVID-19)

Key Points Addressed in Article  What is Coronavirus?  How is COVID-19 spread?  How Can I prevent the spread or protect myself?  Can I get a viral infection after handling a package from someone who was infectious or that was delivered from a country where there is a high caseload? What are the signs of symptoms … Continue reading In a Nutshell: Protect Yourself from Viral Infections (+ COVID-19)

Pandemic COVID-19: Applying Early Lessons Learned

Key Points Addressed in Article  Challenges with Containment related to Transmission: cough, personal cloud  Challenges with Case Fatality Rates  Importance of Protecting High Risk Populations Including Healthcare Workers and Long-term care Residents  COVID-19 and Outbreak of Fear   The novelty of the novel COVID-19 outbreak has passed. Sure our imagination that drums up images of … Continue reading Pandemic COVID-19: Applying Early Lessons Learned