Zika seems like it’s constantly in the news, and it can be nerve-wracking to know just what to do about it. Should you worry, even if you don’t have plans to travel to Brazil or South America? UW Health’s infectious disease specialist Dr. Nasia Safdar along with resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provide some background about the zika virus.
It’s that time of year. People are trying to lose any extra weight they may have put on over the holidays. Also, with spring break right around the corner, patients are coming to my clinic asking, “How can I lose weight quickly?” Or, the hope may be to clear the body of toxins that have accumulated with all the processed foods or alcohol consumed recently. Many people turn to a “cleanse” or a “detox diet”.
Wisconsin basketball has captivated the state over the past few years. The Badgers have enjoyed deep runs in the NCAA tournament, culminating with back to back final four appearances in 2014 and 2015. It is not just college players and fans that love basketball. By age 9, and through age 17, basketball is one of the most popular competitive sport played by boys and girls. A survey done through the United States Tennis Association from 2006-2010 found that 40% of adolescent boys and 25% of adolescent girls play competitive hoops.
While most of us don’t have a problem talking about ear infections, pneumonia, or strep throat, talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be a difficult conversation to start and is often considered a taboo topic. Herpes is one of the infections at the top of that list, despite the fact that it’s an infection that can be spread both through sexual and non-sexual contact and that is quite common. Since knowledge is power (and prevention!), today we’re going to spend a little time getting to know more about herpes.
Believe it or not, we are very lucky to experience winter in Wisconsin; snow and cold temperatures being part of that definition. I personally like to be able to put away my bike and take out my winter toys as it gives me something different to do for the season. But to be completely honest, I was not a winter fan until I learned how to dress correctly for the weather. I can now be outside for the day, regardless of the temperature.
Here are a few tips on how to stay warm: