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Posted by: drmolly in vaccines, prevention on
Aug 31, 2010
Starting last June after a teenager returned from a trip to the United Kingdom and unwittingly carried the mumps virus with him, infecting many of his summer camp friends, the illness has continued to spread. Located primarily in New York and New Jersey near New York City, more than 1,500 cases of mumps have been identified. Most of the kids with the infection are school aged and around 75 percent-85 percent were fully vaccinated.
Posted by: drmolly in prevention, obesity on
Aug 31, 2010
The past few weeks have been filled with information about kids and obesity, including one study that gives encouragement to families with predictable bedtimes and family dinners.
Pediatrics published a study that showed preschoolers who are normal weight are more likely to live in households where they get adequate, predictable sleep, eat family meals together and limit screen time (TV and computer). These kids are obese at rates of about 14
Oakland County has seen an increase in chicken pox cases reported - and this is no surprise given the decreasing rates of vaccination. Because it has been years (maybe since your own childhood) since you last saw anyone with chicken pox I thought it would be a good idea to remind you what to look for.
Varicella is the chicken pox virus. When I was a kid, practically everyone had the itchy, feverish illness before they were teenagers. Starting in
Over the last month, the number of kids I've seen in the office with flu-like symptoms has decreased dramatically. What a relief for families! The downside is that parents now feel blase about getting their kids under 10 the second H1N1 vaccine, a necessary step to ensure immunity.
Most parents aren't even asking me, they are just deciding to forgo the second shot. The few who are asking are reluctant to get it given the fact that the illness
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is also known as corn syrup, isoglucose and fructose on package labels and has been undergoing scrutiny for the last several years.
Back in the '80s when the low fat craze started, HFCS began to be added to everything as a relatively easy way to add flavor and moisture to lower-fat products. Seemed like a great idea at the time. Corn is in abundance in the United States and corn syrup is cheap and easy to add
Cold sores are a pain in more ways than one. They are ugly, of course, but for many they are numerous enough inside the mouth to cause difficulty eating and sleeping.
Cold sores are actually a viral eruption caused by herpes simplex - yep, that herpes, the one that can cause problems on any mucus membrane including the genitals and mouth. There are two strains of the herpes simplex virus. For a long time we thought type 1 infected the mouth
Posted by: drmolly in technology, prevention, infant, formula, feeding, diet, complementary or alternative treatment, birth control, attention, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I recently got back from a five-day meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which hosted its annual National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Boy, did I learn a lot! I will have fodder for blogs galore!
I love this meeting. More than 7,000 pediatricians from all over the world attend and there are hundreds of lectures, workshops, plenary talks and meet the expert sessions on topics ranging from genetics to orthopedics to
In my office I have had a lot of families very willing and eager to have their kids get the seasonal flu vaccine but questions and concerns linger about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine (aka swine flu) and whether it is really necessary given the mild nature of this strain of influenza thus far. There is a lot of misinformation and fear-mongering about this year's vaccine and I hope to set the record straight.
Q: I've heard this swine flu
When I was a kid there weren't a lot of beverage options at mealtime; milk was the only liquid offered. In doing this, my parents were unknowingly setting me up for a lifetime of strong and healthy bones. Today things are different.
When I ask school-aged patients what they drink at meals, few say they have a glass of milk with lunch and dinner. More often than not, they are drinking water, sometimes juice, and once they are teenagers, soda
Tongues are funny things. Sometimes they will look like they have patches of the top layer of skin removed (geographic tongue); other times they will look like a ripe strawberry with a very red, somewhat swollen background and the papillae of the tongue looking like the seeds (as seen in strep infection), and one of the most common appearances in infancy is a tongue with a white fur-like coating.
Not all white tongues are problematic.
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