If you’re trying to lose weight, the list of diets to choose from can lead you searching for comfort food. How do you know which one is really the best? It turns out, the answer is up to you. Continue reading
One recent Thanksgiving my wife and I sat around the table with a small group of family and friends. One of them asked if we could practice a tradition her family had done for years. Continue reading
If you love those holiday smorgasbords, but are already stressing about the added pounds you’ll have to sweat off come the beginning of next year, I’ve got some great tips for you to consider.
The AP reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that “four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach bleeding earlier this year,” and that all four “were treated with vitamin K and survived.” In each case, the parents had refused a routine vitamin K shot, due to “a belief that the shots weren’t necessary or cause leukemia.” Continue reading
Maybe you feel like the listener who wrote, “I want to eat healthier over the holidays, but feel like taking away the traditional food takes away the fun.” Continue reading
Do you ever feel like some of the things you say to your teen fall on deaf ears? That may actually be true … Well, sort of. Continue reading
A listener asked me, “Do I really need to worry about a mammogram? I’m barely forty.” Continue reading
The Washington Post points out in its “Answer Sheet” blog that children with head lice are usually kept out of the classroom until the issue is resolved, but a number of schools across the nation are changing such policies. Many health and school officials believe that “kids actually are contagious well before anyone realizes they have lice, so the damage has already been done.” Continue reading
Thinking about retirement? How about using some of that extra time to pump some iron and get your heart pumping. Sound crazy? Well, it’s never too late to exercise. Continue reading
Prior to 2007, thousands of children were seen in ERs around the country after taking over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough and cold medications (CCMs) that they should not have taken. Then, October 2007, manufacturers voluntarily withdrew OTC CCMs from the US market. Until now, we didn’t know for sure how much this helped. Now, the data are in and the news is fantastic.
Few things make new parents more anxious than the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—otherwise known as SIDS. Continue reading
They’re in your carpet, clothing, pillows, your child’s stuffed animals—even in your bed. And they could be affecting your asthma or worsening your allergies. Continue reading
News that the FDA plans to eliminate artificial trans fats, which are found in many baked goods, and are said to be responsible for thousands of heart attacks and deaths, met with wide approval from nearly all health experts, including me. Continue reading
Can spending too much time with your friends be bad for your health? It may be—IF they’re all online. Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times reports that after analyzing “the menu offerings from 18 fast-food chains” geared toward children, including 5,427 possible meal combinations, researchers found that only one percent of those meals, just 33, “met the recommended nutrition guidelines set by the Institute of Medicine.” Continue reading
Julia Ioffe (a Russian-American journalist and blogger, whose writings have been published by The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic and Russia!) has come down with the 100-day cough, also known as whooping cough or pertussis and her career has been immobilized because of the whoops for the last 2 1/2 months. In a recent article in the New Republic, you may be surprised to find out who caused her misery — Jenny McCarthy and other anti-vaccine zealots. Continue reading
Treating low testosterone may be all the rage these days among men of a certain age. But men bothered by a midlife dip in energy and sex drive may want to think twice about bumping up their “low T” with a testosterone supplement, a new study says. The research, published in JAMA, links testosterone therapy to higher heart risks.
Below is an article I wrote, along with my friend, Reg Finger, MD, MPH, on the impact that the anti-vaccine zealots are having here in Colorado. The article appeared in a publication of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the CAFP News. It’s written for professionals, but my readers here will enjoy it. Continue reading
A listener asked me, “As patients, can we ask our doctors about their spiritual beliefs?”
When shopping for vitamins, it can be hard to make the right choice. There are piles of products and a bevy of brands—and is there really a difference? The truth may be a hard pill to swallow. Continue reading