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April 29, 2020
A critically ill patient receiving supportive care in the ICU

Most of humanity is now under some degree of social quarantine measures as the death toll from COVID-19 rises. As social distancing measures continue, many of you may be wondering why we don’t yet have a treatment for COVID-19. Today I’ll explain why treating viral diseases is so challenging and... Read More

March 13, 2020
CDC Map of countries affected by COVID-19, as of March 13, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) finally confirmed this week that COVID-19 is a global pandemic. The number of people affected worldwide is increasing rapidly. Should you be alarmed? I have been following the global health experts daily and here’s what you need to know:

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January 29, 2020
Are we on the verge of the next world pandemic?

The recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (designated 2019-nCoV) has exploded in the last several days.

What is Novel Coronavirus?  The CDC and world health organizations are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory... Read More

April 2, 2019
CDC map of states with measles cases as of March 28, 2019

Prior to the development of a measles vaccine in 1963, the CDC reported an average of 500,000 cases of measles and up to 500 deaths a year in the US, mostly in children. Measles was eventually declared eliminated from the US in 2000 as a result of a... Read More

December 14, 2018
The trek to the Lost City may include river crossings

The trek to the lost city in Colombia is amazing but still a challenging jungle expedition.  You will encounter a variety of conditions and terrain. I’ve compiled my list of top ten tips for packing and preparation. Bring... Read More

December 12, 2018
Ancient terraces of the Lost City in Colombia

 The “Lost City” (Ciudad Perdida in Spanish) is one of South America’s “hidden” gems, tucked away in the remote jungle of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. If you’re adventurous and fit, the trek to get there is an experience of... Read More

December 5, 2018
Lanes blocked off for Ciclovia

Hola! This is TravelBug's Norm Bizon checking in from South America. 

We arrived on a red-eye flight in Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá after a long layover in Houston and a flight delay.  My body cried out for some sleep, but after a few cups of good Colombian coffee I was ready to go... Read More

November 30, 2018
The new shingles vaccine is very effective at preventing shingles

Today I would like to answer some of the questions I have been getting from my patients about the new Shingles vaccine, Shingrix®.

Shingrix® was approved for use in October 2017. It offers up... Read More