Dr. Ian Gives Us the Scoop on the Latest Health Headlines

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 10:24 AM, April 3, 2015

Aired April 9, 2015

Dr. Ian Smith is giving us the scoop on the latest health headlines, starting with measles.

Measles: Why does it seem like the measles are infecting so many people as of late? Dr. Ian explains that one major problem is less people are getting themselves vaccinated. Since measles is a respiratory disease, it can quickly spread and affect many people. Did you know it can live in the air for up to two hours after somebody with measles coughs? “The best way to prevent measles is vaccination,” explains Dr. Ian. “There’s no other way to prevent it unless you have your kid or you live in a tube or a vacuum because you’re going to come into contact.”

Lyme Disease: This disease was discovered in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut. It’s mainly transmitted through deer ticks, aka Borrelia burgdorferi. People bitten by ticks may see a bull’s-eye-like rash where they were bitten. Lyme disease closely mimics the flu virus, and if not diagnosed early on, it can affect the neurological system, the heart and can also cause arthritis. Watch the video above for proper tick removal techniques.