1. Zika Virus

    For about a year we’ve been hearing about a “new” virus affecting the health of infants: Zika. This Flavivirus originated in Uganda and was first isolated from rhesus monkeys in 1947. It was named after the Zika forest nearby. Like other infectious diseases, the ease of international travel ha…Read More

  2. West Nile Virus

    On NPR this morning, the local Northern Colorado affiliate brought us a story about the high numbers of reported and suspected West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in Fort Collins this summer and Larimer County has issued a Health Alert to all area healthcare providers. There have been 35 batches of trapped …Read More

  3. Summer’s Great Except for One Thing: Mosquitos!

    As a pediatrician in Fort Collins, Colorado and a 4 Tesla Mosquito Magnet, I’ve wondered whether any of the botanical products out there work against the littler biters or whether I better stick with DEET despite the toxicity concerns. Also, what about all of the legends we hear about mosquitos an…Read More

  4. Influenza

    Yes, it’s that time of year: time to get vaccinated for influenza. Influenza has been reported north of Denver this week. It is hard to predict at this time if we will have an early start to this year’s influenza season. Influenza cases typically increase in January, but can be as early as Novem…Read More

  5. Ten Tips for Picky Eaters

    Every parent has wrung their hands with worry about their child’s eating habits. Too much. Too little. No veggies. No variety. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, for almost all of these picky eaters, they grow just fine when we look at their growth charts at their office visits. Still, we’d …Read More

  6. Ear Infections

    As a pediatrician in Northern Colorado, one condition I diagnose and treat every day is otitis media — the medical name for an ear infection.  I am not alone, concern for an ear infection is the leading reason children visit the doctor.  By age 3, 80% of children will have had at least one ear i…Read More

  7. Plague

    When you hear “Ring Around the Rosie,” what do you think of? Yersinia pestis is its scientific name.  This infectious bacteria is better known as “the plague.”  It wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the 1300s after spreading from Asia along trading routes.  There, the plague w…Read More

  8. Recent Breastfeeding Study

    The LA Times, BBC, NPR and other news outlets highlighted a recent study on breast feeding that suggests minimal behavioral or intelligence benefit for breast fed infants when assessed at age 5 years. This study stands in contrast to several others over the years that did show large differences in t…Read More

  9. Update on Sickle Cell Anemia

    Dr. Hobaugh’s Health Headlines: A Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia? Over the last 70 years, the medical advances made possible by improvements in materials science, molecular biology and manufacturing have revolutionized healthcare for both patients and physicians. Antibiotics, mechanical ventilation, …Read More