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Zika rates could grow in US this summer

May 04, 2016

So far, all of the Zika virus cases identified in the U.S. have been related to travel, but that’s likely to change soon. As warmer months approach, we expect to see the mosquito-borne virus spread locally in regions such as the Gulf Coast, home to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Time is the difference between death and recovery in a stroke

May 03, 2016

Three hours could be the difference between death, disability or complete recovery from a stroke. That's the ideal window of time for doctors to get blood flowing back to the brain.

Why do kids pass out? Syncope

May 02, 2016

As an ER pediatrician, it’s fairly common to see children and teens who have fainted and have come to the Emergency Department to find out what triggered this scary experience. Passing out can be a sign of a serious health problem, but in young people there’s usually little cause for concern and we can help them avoid another episode.

Comforting your child during a medical procedure

April 29, 2016

Going to the doctor’s office can be scary for your child. But there are ways you can support your child during a stressful visit without holding him or her down for a procedure. With some planning and help from you, your child’s appointment can go a little smoother.

Sleeping well despite chronic pain

April 27, 2016

Pain disrupts our sleep, and a lack of sleep increases our pain. It’s a vicious circle. If you have chronic pain, you may be nodding drowsily. While there may not be an immediate solution to your pain, you can partly manage it by managing your sleep.

A new look at MS and pregnancy

April 21, 2016

Doctors have known for years that most women with multiple sclerosis (MS) feel better and have fewer relapses when they are pregnant. Researchers have speculated that fluctuating hormones may be linked to this improvement in health. But studies on MS and hormones during pregnancy have had mixed results. I’ve changed my thinking on this and I’m embarking on new research that involves microchimerism.

Wondering what's next? Life after cancer

April 21, 2016
The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a support group for cancer patients interested in learning how to adjust to life after treatment. The support group After Breast Cancer: What’s Next? features a variety of topics ranging from stress management and fear of re-occurrence, to body image and sexuality.

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.