Linda Pourmassina, MD
Internal Medicine physician.
Interested in the human side of medicine.
Category Archives: Public Health
My column on measles and vaccination appeared in this past Sunday’s Seattle Times. Here are some informative links to articles to help continue to inform/educate the reader on this important topic: CDC information on measles Benjamin Franklin’s story Infographic 5 GIFs … Continue reading
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. It really wasn’t that long ago that smoking was a way of life. As the author points out in this piece on why people smoke, … Continue reading
“I was also fearful as a new mom but as a student of public health, I understand the evidence-based research now.” – (author to be disclosed later in this post) The above statement was made in reference to vaccines a … Continue reading
It’s the Fourth of July and you’re ready to have your friends and family over for a barbeque. You’re setting up your grill and going down your checklist. Meat? Check. Buns? Check. Beer? Check. Meat thermometer….? What’s that? No thermometer? … Continue reading
Big news that just came out today: Zostavax (the immunization that helps prevent shingles) was previously approved for people aged 60 and older. The FDA has broadened the eligible age range to include 50-59-year-olds. However, please note that many insurance companies … Continue reading
A recent briefing by the King County Public Health Department addressed the recent retraction of Andrew Wakefield’s pivotal, but extremely flawed – fraudulent – article in Lancet. Recall that the initial 1998 publication implicated MMR vaccination in the development of autism … Continue reading
I recently went to the American College of Physicians Chapter Meeting in Seattle and came away with a lot of great information, including a significant change in immunization of adults against pertussis (whooping cough). When patients need a booster of … Continue reading