Tag Archives: disease

Dog food may be putting your best friend at risk for a fatal disease

There may be a link between the food your pooch is eating and potentially-fatal heart disease. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday they’re investigating whether certain dog foods cause dilated cardiomyopathy, which can lead to congestive heart failure. There have been 560 reports of dogs diagnosed with the condition, many of which were “breeds… Read More »

Mumps – is it the forgotten disease?

There has been a sharp increase in cases of mumps this year in England – but the viral illness which can cause swollen glands (and, more rarely, testes) has been around for a very long time. Way back in the 5th Century BC, Hippocrates is thought to be the first person to have recorded the… Read More »

Why this physician chose to specialize in infectious disease

Forgive the autobiographical nature of this post, but here’s a recap on how I started down the path to becoming an infectious disease (ID) doctor. To begin, understand that my first year of medical school was rough going. In hindsight, this wasn’t surprising. After majoring in English during college (with a minor in the Harvard Lampoon to develop… Read More »