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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.

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.

Colonoscopy – It’s not so scary!

March 23, 2016

As you may know (or if you don’t just tune in Katie Couric and she’ll remind you), March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. In a month full of days such as National Clams on the Half Shell day, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and National Ravioli Day, it’s hard to measure up.

Managing chronic pain with exercise

March 21, 2016

I can’t exercise because I hurt too much. Is this something you have said or heard from someone who suffers from chronic pain? Fact: If you do not exercise, you will hurt more.

Chronic pain and Neuroplasticity

March 09, 2016

Why do you continue to have pain long after whatever caused the pain is gone? The answer is that the pain has changed parts of your brain. These altered parts continue to send messages, prolonging the agony. And some parts of your brain, such as the hypothalamus, may have shrunk and no longer work as well.

HPV vaccine proves effective yet vaccination rates remain low among teens

March 04, 2016
A new study reports that the HPV vaccine, which targets the sexually transmitted virus responsible for cervical cancer, has, since its introduction in 2006, reduced the virus’ prevalence in teenage girls by two-thirds. A reduction rate of two-thirds is quite remarkable; however, a further decline in the prevalence of HPV is possible and can be achieved simply by redirecting the HPV conversation healthcare providers have with patients and their parents.

Good nutrition crucial before head and neck cancer therapy

February 26, 2016

Good nutrition is crucial for any patient undergoing cancer therapy, but many head and neck cancer patients struggle to get the nutrients they need as they prepare for treatment. A large proportion of patients with head and neck cancers present to their doctors with significant weight loss. Sometimes, the weight loss is unexplained. But more often, there is a clear reason for it.