Dr. John Fleming’s Story Archive

Winterize!

When you think about winterizing your vehicle this winter, consider protecting yourself as well. Being cooped up inside more during the winter months puts us at risk for many respiratory illnesses, and disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (or pneumococcus) is a specific threat. This bacteria causes thousands of … Read More

It’s Flu Season – Don’t let it be Open Season on YOU!

How bad will this year’s flu season be? It’s impossible to predict, and thus the only safe thing to do is get protected now. Which camp are you in? It seems there are two groups of people on opposite sides of the fence regarding flu shots. There are those that … Read More

Swat!

The first human cases of West Nile virus were reported last week in Indiana’s Madison and Huntington counties. This isn’t unexpected at this time of year, and Indiana joins 44 other states reporting West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes, birds, or humans. WNV was first isolated in 1937 from a … Read More

He said, NSAID

You might have heard about some new warnings about NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These are a popular group of medications that many of us use to combat fever, headache, and various muscle and joint aches and pains. Included are the common over-the-counter (OTC) medications ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen … Read More

“Baby” Aspirin – Not for Babies!

Aspirin is an effective headache and fever reducer in adults, and aspirin can help alleviate the pain from arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems. Aspirin can also help prevent certain types of clots that can form in arteries of the heart and brain. You may have heard that, unless otherwise contraindicated, … Read More