College and Meningitis
    August 9, 2001
    College and Meningitis

    When your child first packs up and heads off for college, it is a bittersweet moment. How horrible if meningitis were to make the separation permanent. The first year is the critical time. Freshmen li…

    Ear Piercing – How Early is Too Early?
    May 9, 2001
    Ear Piercing – How Early is Too Early?

    Many parents opt to wait on ear piercing until a child is able to make the decision for herself (or himself). Some parents find it desirable for their children to have pierced ears as babies. But how …

    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?
    March 30, 2001
    Beneficial Bacteria to Prevent Ear Infections?

    Dr. Greene's take on beneficial bacteria for ear infections... We know that active culture yogurt can prevent gastrointestinal infections. Could something similar work in the ears? (more…)…

    Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumococcal Bacteria Are An Ever Greater Problem
    January 2, 2001
    Antibiotic-Resistant Pneumococcal Bacteria Are An Ever Greater Problem

    Multidrug-resistant strains of pneumococci are common in the US and continue to increase -- especially in children under age 5 -- according to a report published in the December 28th, 2001 issue of th…

    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria
    November 7, 2000
    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria

    Dr. Greene's take on beneficial bacteria: The opposite of antibiotics are probiotics - a term coined in 1965 to describe substances that favor the growth of beneficial bacteria in the body. (more&hel…

    Could SIDS Be Contagious?
    November 1, 2000
    Could SIDS Be Contagious?

    Doctors first scoffed at the now-accepted idea that ulcers were often caused -- not by excess acids -- but by infections with the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Now evidence suggests that infect…

    A Yogurt a Day
    October 20, 1999
    A Yogurt a Day…

    We know that antibiotics can kill disease-causing bacteria, but they also kill some of the body's beneficial bacteria. This can result, among other things, in unpleasant diarrhea and yeast infections.…

    Fast Facts about Pertussis
    July 27, 1998
    Fast Facts about Pertussis

    Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough. Pertussis is caused by bacteria that attach themselves to the cilia (little hairs) that line the respiratory tract. These bacteria produce a potent toxin…

    Fast Facts about Meningitis
    March 20, 1998
    Fast Facts about Meningitis

    Bacterial meningitis can occur at any age, but 95 percent of cases are in children under 5 years old. Boys are more likely to get it than girls. (more…)…

    Cat-Scratch Disease
    November 10, 1997
    Cat-Scratch Disease

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The uncovering of the cause of cat-scratch fever (now called cat-scratch disease) has been one of the great mystery stories of modern medicine. The hallmarks of cat-scratch diseas…

    Fast Facts about Fevers
    February 8, 1997
    Fast Facts about Fevers

    Dr. Greene's take on fevers... Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections in humans thrive best at 98.6 degrees F (37C). Raising the temperature a few degrees can give the body the winning edge. …

    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine
    September 12, 1996
    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine

    The DTaP vaccine is a newer version of the older DPT vaccine. DTaP is designed to immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. (more…)…

    Fast Facts about Group A Strep
    August 7, 1996
    Fast Facts about Group A Strep

    More than 100 different types of Group A Strep have been identified. (more…)…

    Fast Facts about Septra
    July 29, 1996
    Fast Facts about Septra

    Septra and Bactrim are both brand names for a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. (more…)…