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What Does “Its Just a Virus” Really Mean?

By December 21, 2016 1 Comment

The other day I was looking at the website of a charity that helps hospitals and emergency rooms acquire much needed pediatric-specific emergency equipment. While on the charity’s website I read through some of their patient testimonials. There were so many compelling stories, some with happy endings and some that weren’t so happy. Not long after that […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines

When Are Frequent Illnesses Signs Of A Compromised Immune System?

By December 13, 2016 No Comments

It’s cold and flu season and around this time of year I start seeing parents in my office concerned that their child is “always sick,” and that there must be something wrong with their child’s immune system or that they have a “low immune system.” I don’t doubt these parents when they say that their […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Infectious Disease + Vaccines

Shorties: Is Merck Testing the HPV Vaccine on Babies?

By December 5, 2016 1 Comment

A store that I follow [on Facebook] just shared this article. [The article states that Merck — the company that manufactures Gardasil — will soon “push” all infants in the US to receive the HPV vaccine and is currently testing the vaccine on infants.] It seems highly unlikely to me that this is true, but […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

How to Prevent Bullying: Create Stronger Allies

By November 30, 2016 No Comments

As the mother of ten and seven year old boys, I’ve learned to live with a lot of noise. Sometimes it’s the sound of a loud toy, or the latest Pokémon episode streaming on Netflix, or footsteps careening down hallways and stairs.   More often than not it’s from brotherly squabbles over who gets to play […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens

How to Survive the Holidays Post Election

By and November 20, 2016 No Comments

No matter who you voted for in this presidential election, we certainly witnessed history. Since the early morning hours of November 9, emotions have run high, and stayed high. The election rhetoric from President-Elect Donald Trump was divisive, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself is a polarizing figure, which has lead people to […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health