New CDC Report: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

In first federal guidelines on circumcision, the benefits are said to outweigh the risks. http://rt.com/usa/210863-cdc-circumcision-guidelines-comment/ ​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that years’ of research and mounds of medical evidence suggests the benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks. The CDC stopped short of fully advocating for circumcision in all circumstances this…

Ebola spreading rate compared to other diseases

Via Sploid by Jesus Diaz Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there’s no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average, an ebola patient…

Corticosteroid Therapy in Septic Shock

I was reviewing my ICU notes and was wondering the roles of corticosteroid therapy for sepsis/septic shock.  Here are the current summary for corticosteroid therapy for sepsis/septic shock according to uptodate.com: SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Summary Laboratory assays of plasma cortisol concentration and response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation are likely unreliable in critically ill patients.…