group photo of seven physicians
Health And Fitness

The “Black Box” Warning: Online Physician Ratings

September 27, 2017

Online rating sites are here to stay, and they’ll continue to rate doctors and hospitals, and people are going to continue to use them (Google just shoves the rating down your throat when you search. There’s no avoiding this.) Just remember the Black Box warning: physician rating sites may have some use, but they can have unintended side effects. They may mislead you into making a poor decision about your doctors, and that’s not good for your health.
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European History

The Black Death: Symptoms and Diagnosis of The Plague

September 21, 2017

In the late 1800’s, multiple outbreaks of the plague popped up in China and India. What resulted was not just the horrors of disease, but also a modern understanding of what the plague is, and how it spreads. […]

image of pre-teen girl who appears sad or concerned possibly about bedwetting issue
Health And Fitness

Bedwetting in Older Kids

September 20, 2017

[A]bout 3% of 12 year olds still wet the bed, at least sometimes…[K]ids don’t wet the bed because they want to wet, and don’t stop wetting the bed because they want to stop. Don’t create a bigger problem by blaming or by implying that kids can solve this problem by trying harder. […]

baby with surprised expression; breath holding in babies and toddlers is often a result of shock or sudden discomfort
Health And Fitness

Breathe Easy: Breath-Holding Spells in Toddlers

September 12, 2017

Near the top of a list of super-scary things for parents to see are breath holding spells. Your kiddo, typically a toddler, bonks his head or gets really mad about something. Then he stops breathing, turns white, and collapses on the floor. And looks dead. Really. Dead. It’s quite dramatic. […]

close up of a teething baby with a finger in his or her mouth
Health And Fitness

Babies and Teething: Beware Trendy Teething “Treatments”

September 5, 2017

A mom had purchased a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” from an artisan at a local craft show. Her 9 month old daughter wore it on her wrist, reportedly to help with teething symptoms, and occasionally chewed on it… She was found on routine screening to have a blood lead level about 10 times the safe upper limit of safety. […]

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