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Be a wise health consumer: How to avoid fraud and scams

March 22, 2017
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Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.

Why are you right- or left-handed? New science explains why

March 21, 2017
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If you’re like roughly 90 percent of people worldwide, you’re right-handed. And, obviously, if you’re among the remaining 10 percent, you’re left-handed. It’s simply a trait we’re born with, determined by a combination of genetics and other factors that hard-wire “handedness” into the brain.

Or is it?

A new scientific study has turned theories of right- or left-hand preference on their heads, so to speak.

What you should know about chronic kidney disease in children

March 21, 2017
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Over the past 20 years, chronic kidney disease, or CKD, in children has been gradually rising. This has made it increasingly important for parents to watch for signs of kidney disease and help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, there are now ways to slow the progression of renal disease and help prevent other complications.

The worst lies you tell your doctor

March 20, 2017
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Going to the doctor can be scary or embarrassing for patients -- and this can sometimes lead them to lie to their physician. A little lie can't hurt, can it? When it comes to your health, it certainly can. You could be preventing an accurate diagnosis and hurting your chances for a longer, healthier life.

Scary thoughts after having a baby? We can help

March 20, 2017
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“How did they let me leave the hospital with this brand-new baby? How will I keep him alive?” This is a common refrain voiced by new parents in the first few days after their baby is born.  Unfortunately, many new parents (mothers and fathers) experience intense anxiety that something bad will happen to their baby. There’s help.

When should you get checked for colorectal cancer?

March 20, 2017
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Colorectal cancer is rising among millennials, raising the question: Should people be screened earlier than they are now? Colorectal cancer can be prevented if polyps are caught early. Here’s when you should be screened if you’re at moderate or high risk for colorectal cancer. 

More teens using pot: What parents should know

March 17, 2017
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A recent study found that more eighth- and 10th-graders are using pot since Washington legalized marijuana. And more kids don’t think pot is harmful. But marijuana can hurt teens in lasting ways. Think IQ. Here are some signs your child might be using pot and how to respond.

How to help your child deal with stress

March 14, 2017
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A recent survey by the American Psychological Association says children are more stressed than parents realize, and that stress is affecting kids at younger and younger ages. Here are some signs that could mean your child is stressed and how you can help.

Can the Specific Carbohydrate Diet ease IBD? A new study gives hope

March 13, 2017
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Every week, patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis ask me what they should be eating to ease the abdominal pain, fatigue and other symptoms of these conditions. Until now, there has been very little evidence-based information to guide our discussions.  This recently published study, by our colleagues at Seattle Children’s Hospital, begins to answer those questions.

Treating a cough: What works and what doesn't

March 10, 2017
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Coughing from a cold or the flu is probably the most frustrating symptom we can have -- for children, their parents and even the doctor treating them. Here’s a guide for treating coughs by age.