Doctors including myself encourage new moms to talk to their baby—a lot. The communication helps form a bond, develops the baby’s brain and grows multiple language skills.
A patient recently told me that Christmas music actually makes her sad—and she’s embarrassed to feel like a Grinch. If you can relate, you’re not alone.
Did you know the average adult gets two to five colds a year? That’s a lot of sneezes, coughs and sniffles. As you load up on over the counter medications or herbs, you may want to exercise another option—exercise.
Teen drug abuse is no laughing matter. But parents themselves may be writing a prescription for abuse.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the popular single-dose detergent pods are concerning poison experts after they were involved in around 10,000 exposure cases involving children in the last year, while only used in 7% of households in the US.
There’s news worth noting in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Two new studies highlight another weapon in possibly preventing it.
If you’ve decided to take fish oil, you can be fishing for the right advice on how to start. If you’re caught up in the confusion, I’ll let you off the hook.
Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: Family Update A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small Barb and I are teaching a Marriage Conference in Colorado Springs in January The Spiritual History Publication Updates 1) Article on Thrive Through Thanks 2) The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book 3) Letter of Thanks on Becoming […]
In what will, I suspect, be a surprise to many parents, it’s been reported that uninflated balloons are the leading cause of child suffocation.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
In a front-page story, the New York Times reports on Jorge Odón, “an Argentine car mechanic,” who developed an idea for extracting “a baby stuck in the birth canal” based on having seen a YouTube video on retrieving “a lost cork from a wine bottle.”
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.
According to Bloomberg News, “Obesity raises the chance of heart attack regardless of whether a person has the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, according to a study that challenges previous beliefs.”
A listener asked me, “Do I really need to worry about a mammogram? I’m barely forty.”
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.
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 […]
Few things make new parents more anxious than the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—otherwise known as SIDS.
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.
Can spending too much time with your friends be bad for your health? It may be—IF they’re all online.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
It tends to be a topic we think about as we age, but studies show we need to bone up on bone health with our kids.
USA Today reports, “The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop,” according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, which suggests that “obesity may be a key trigger.”
Americans live in the fast lane—working longer hours, taking less vacation days, and retiring later than most other countries. But is this the path to success or the road to ruin?