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Are you predisposed to these genetic diseases?

July 27, 2017
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Whether you are predisposed through your relatives or because of your ethnic background, the truth is that some diseases are impossible to avoid. While this might be tough to take, the good news is that medicine is an ever-changing field so it's likely that treatments or programs are or will be available should you ever be confronted with genetic disease. There are many genetic diseases, though some are more common than others. Here's a glimpse into the most common genetic diseases today:

Organ donation: Know the facts

July 26, 2017
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Although 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 51 percent actually sign up as a donor. You can help fill that gap by donating an organ.

Equip your child for a lifetime of physical activity

July 21, 2017

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Time spent in childhood doing active play is valuable, helping to build lifelong habits. As caregivers and parents, we all want kids to grow up to be active, healthy adults. However, meeting the daily recommendation of at least one hour per day of physical activity may seem unreachable or too structured. As a registered dietitian, I suggest families approach physical activity the same way as healthy eating; by teaming up with their child.

Is it sarcoma or just a lump?

July 20, 2017
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July is sarcoma awareness month, and while it is less common than other cancers like breast, prostate, and colon cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that 12,000+ sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2017. Many of us may have heard the word “sarcoma” at some point, and may even know that it’s related to cancer. But what is it, and should we be worried about it?

Are 'psychobiotics' the real deal?

July 19, 2017
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Reports in the past few years suggest that probiotics – the good bacteria you find in a cup of yogurt with “live and active culture” – can lower anxiety and improve your mood by actually altering your brain chemistry. As it turns out, this may be just another tale of mice and men.

The power of positive parenting

July 17, 2017
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Resilience and grit are the new character buzzwords that portend to predict future success among children and adolescents. But knowing the resulting characteristics we want to cultivate in children is simply stating the "what." It's also critical to show parents the "how."

Can a relationship lead to better skincare?

July 14, 2017
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As we move through the summer months, applying protection from the sun becomes increasingly necessary. A recent study published by the Oxford University Press discovered that individuals in relationships were more likely to care about sun protection if their partners were also concerned about it. What does this mean for individuals who are single? Can a relationship really lead to better skincare and ultimately better health? Let's take a deeper look:

Oops, children should not be drinking juice after all

July 13, 2017
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The AAP now strongly recommends your children not drink juice before age 1 and ditch the sippy cups. Our expert weighs in.

Fat-shaming begins early in childhood, and it hurts

July 12, 2017
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You’ve seen these kids. They stand apart at recess, with no one to talk to while other children hang out in small groups, run around raucously or play games. Or you may have seen them at lunch, sitting conspicuously alone, head down, at a long empty table. That’s what it looks like to be fat-shamed and shunned by your peers when you’re an obese child. This rejection starts as early as first grade, according to a recent study. Schools can intervene, but the best help starts at home, a Swedish psychiatrist says.

Can I trust a pediatrician who doesn't have kids of their own?

July 07, 2017

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“Doctor, do you have kids?” Early on in my career, I took offense to this perceived jab at my abilities and professionalism. It was as if not having children of my own was a “ding” against me. But I get it. I too would raise my eyebrow if I was assigned an overweight dietician or a thrice divorced marriage counselor. I mean, how much could I possibly trust someone who doesn’t have personal experience?