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June 15, 2016
School is out for the summer and our calendars are filled with vacations, activities and appointments. Make sure you’ve also set aside time for your kids to choose unstructured activities that let their imaginations soar and help them learn about the world. Free play is central to a child’s learning and growth, especially when they are under 7, and has many hidden benefits.
June 10, 2016
Loud noise. The lawnmower, the vacuum cleaner, your motorcycle. Loud noise is all around us, yet much of the time we are so used to it that we don’t give it much thought. But at high levels, the force of sound vibrations can damage tiny cells inside our inner ear. Here’s how to protect your ears.
June 09, 2016
New guidelines have been published for celiac disease and introducing gluten to an infant’s diet. They include key points on breastfeeding and a go-slow approach.
June 09, 2016
From the advent of reliable anesthetics in the mid-19th century until only a few years ago, conventional open surgery involving a long incision had been virtually the only tool for curative treatment of cancerous and pre-cancerous tissues of the GI tract. Since then, we’ve moved to minimally invasive surgery. Now, we are moving a step further.
June 06, 2016
Doctors often tell patients with liver disease that they shouldn't use acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Acetaminophen is broken down by the liver and can form byproducts that are toxic to the liver, so this warning is not completely without merit. But take it from a hepatologist, acetaminophen is the best option for pain relief for people with liver disease. Read on to learn why.
May 30, 2016
Anticoagulants and antithrombotics, commonly known as blood thinners, are used for a variety of medical conditions. They are particularly useful in preventing strokes and heart attacks in many people. But they also can cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, which can be life threatening in rare cases.
May 25, 2016
Many children have bowed legs or knocked knees. Read on to find out what is normal and when you should seek advice from a pediatric orthopedic doctor.
May 23, 2016
A lot of people look to spring as the time to finally tackle dust bunnies and an overflowing closet or toy box. This extra cleaning energy should also extend to your medicine cabinet.
May 23, 2016
The FDA just finalized its new Nutrition Facts Label, which will now include the amount of added sugar found in packaged foods. While this is great news, parents still need to be vigilant when it comes to sources of hidden sugar in foods. This blog highlights key points to remember.
May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.