When to Accept Help

By Dr. Alan Peterson As a family doctor over many years, one gets to know, and in some cases, become one with families and patients. One such older couple was seeing me for the common medical issues in the elderly– hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, etc. They would always come in together, which many times helps the … Continue reading When to Accept Help

Food Deserts in America: Not Just a Geographical Issue

What are food deserts? The phrase food desert might conjure up a lot of conflicting thoughts. And there are an equal number of ways to define a food desert. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) determines if a geographical location is a food desert by two criteria: poverty and geographical distance to a supermarket. … Continue reading Food Deserts in America: Not Just a Geographical Issue

The Different Nature of Two Vaccines

COVID-19 and Rabies—Part 2 Last time, we left off talking about how the rabies vaccine, created in the late 19th century by Louis Pasteur, raises surprising ethical conundrums that do not arise in the case of the COVID-19 vaccine. To briefly recap, rabies is a disease that is nearly always fatal once symptoms appear, but … Continue reading The Different Nature of Two Vaccines

Vaccine Series: COVID-19 and Rabies

Vaccines from Two Different Worlds Rabies has an interesting place in our society. It is universally feared, yet it is exceedingly rare. Between 1960 and 2018, there were only 125 cases (about 2 cases per year) in the United States. Why does rabies cause so much alarm? Aside from the severe symptoms the disease can … Continue reading Vaccine Series: COVID-19 and Rabies

Launch Vaccine Series: An Introduction

With the recent news of a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public, it seems more valuable than ever to take a whirlwind tour of the history of vaccines and the current development of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that was developed in less than one year is remarkable, not only because of the speed … Continue reading Launch Vaccine Series: An Introduction