Active Body-Builder Comes Close to Death Due to Late Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

Meeting John Scirica in August of 2012, it would be hard to accept that he was 64-years-old, let alone that he was near death from a rare case of bilateral pulmonary embolism.  The condition left the pulmonary arteries in both of his lungs blocked from blood clots that very likely traveled there from his leg. …

Severe Influenza Season of 2017-2018 is a Somber Reminder of Why Flu is One of the World’s Greatest Public Health Challenges, according to CDC

On February 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  published the statistics of influenza hospitalizations and fatalities for the week ending January 27, 2018, or Week 4 of the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which brings the total number of …

Sepsis in the News, Part 4: Larger Study Planned to Validate Vitamin C benefits in Sepsis

This is the fourth and final post on the topic of the small study published in the journal CHEST, which concluded that, “early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine (VCCT), are effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction, including acute kidney injury, and in reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis …

Sepsis in the News, Part 3: As Public STEM Literacy Declines, So Does the Number of Simple Stories in Science

While the public rarely notices remarkable medical innovations, why did the overworked and skeptical U.S. healthcare media give wall-to-wall coverage to a theoretical sepsis cure involving vitamin C in a study with fewer than 100 patients?  It took nearly a decade for forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu to finally get the attention he deserved for his …