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Mindfulness and chronic pain

April 20, 2016

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, mindfulness may provide some relief. Mindfulness in the broadest sense is the practice of focusing on the present moment as a way to reduce stress and pain. Sounds simple, right? For most people, mindfulness actually takes practice. But the benefits can be significant, especially for people with debilitating pain.

What is celiac disease?

April 18, 2016

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients. This disease occurs in genetically predisposed people and can be diagnosed at any age. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 100 people have celiac disease.

Esophageal cancer: a growing problem linked to GERD

April 13, 2016

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to shed some light on this uncommon but growing cancer.

Multiple Sclerosis patients by the numbers

April 11, 2016

How many people in the United States have multiple sclerosis? As it turns out, to answer this seemingly simple question is quite challenging.

Button batteries — a hidden hazard

April 06, 2016

Young children explore the world using all of their senses. As a pediatric otolaryngologist, I see children who inhale or swallow all kinds of things, including coins, peanuts and small plastic toys. Add button batteries to the list, and seek help immediately if a child swallows one.

Potential MS drug gets fast track designation

April 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted “fast track” designation for ibudilast, a medication that could help prevent damage to the brain in people with progressive multiple sclerosis.

Is it really broken?

April 04, 2016

Childhood bone fractures are a common occurrence. Many of these fractures are overt and easily identified on an X-ray. However, some fractures that occur in children can be fairly subtle on an X-ray and in their physical appearance. That’s where pediatric expertise can be helpful in sorting things out.

Patient Advocacy: Advocating for yourself or someone else

April 01, 2016

What is advocacy? According to Merriam-Webster, advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. When faced with a complex medical condition, be it cancer or any other major diagnosis, advocacy is essential to help patients and their families understand treatment options.

Can you go back? Life before and after MS

March 30, 2016

MS changes lives. What does this change look like? Should we accept it?

Seizures in children: What they mean, what to do

March 25, 2016

It can be very scary to watch a child have a seizure. Fortunately, for most children a seizure is a one-time experience. If not, a pediatric neurologist can help.