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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.

Not sleeping well? Here's what to do

March 08, 2017
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This is National Sleep Awareness Week, so it's a good time to review healthy sleep habits. I see a lot of adults and teens in my clinic who are chronically tired and have trouble sleeping — both falling asleep and staying asleep. Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep.

Breakfast and kids: Why this meal matters

March 06, 2017
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Most of the 20 to 30 percent of children and teens who skip breakfast may think it’s no big deal, but the long-term consequences can be serious enough to warrant a big family discussion. Research may help you convince your kids to eat breakfast.

Does your child seem depressed? Exercise can help

March 02, 2017
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Does physical activity help children and young adults fight depression? A study from Norway says, yes. The findings back up what I see in my pediatrics practice and should encourage parents to make sure their children have plenty of time to play and run around.

When healthy weight loss takes more than a makeover

March 01, 2017
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Recently the world tuned into WE tv to watch June Shannon, aka Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, reveal her body transformation from 460lbs to a size 4. While many people viewed the makeover from a vanity standpoint—seeing weight loss as simply a fashion statement--the truth is that obesity is a serious medical concern.

Exciting new frontiers in treating head and neck cancers

March 01, 2017
There’s some good news in the treatment of head and neck squamous cell cancers: New treatments are moving us closer to directly targeting and destroying these cancers and easing the debilitating side effects that hurt some patients.

How to help your picky eater learn to enjoy new foods

February 28, 2017
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Busy parents are familiar with this scenario: After a hectic day working and taking care of the kids, you throw together a meal that is quick and healthy. You’re immediately met with resistance by your little ones. While there is no “right” way to handle picky eating, some general guidelines may help you keep this unfortunate hassle from escalating into a more significant problem.