Monthly Archives: June 2009

Helping Your Child Accept a New Pair of Glasses

Some children may resist wearing eyeglasses, despite the resulting improvement in vision, school work and even extracurricular sports. So, here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic. More Information:

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In summer, kids need real play time

According to a wonderful report in USA TODAY, if you’re looking for ways to get your children to move more this summer, show them the games you played as a kid, such as chasing lightning bugs, jumping rope, playing kickball, … Continue reading

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Should a new mom rush to lose those extra pounds gained during pregnancy?

Most new moms will weigh more after delivery of the new baby that they did prior to becoming pregnant. And, most new moms are concerned about these extra pounds. So, is it safe or harmful to try to lose these … Continue reading

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Bone Density Scans May Be Useless in Osteoporosis Drug Therapy

Healthcare professions should not bother with bone mineral density (BMD) testing in postmenopausal women during the first three years of drug (bisphosphonate) therapy for osteoporosis, Australian researchers reported this week. More Information:

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First Review of Dr. Walt’s First Novel – It’s called a “fast-paced super thriller”

My first novel, co-written with my dear friend, Paul McCusker, will be out in mid August. It’s called “TSI: The Gabon Virus” and will be published by Simon and Schuster / Howard Books. We’ve just received our first professional review … Continue reading

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Swine flu has summer camps scrambling! What’s a parent to do?

Cuts and bug bites, sprains and bruises aren’t all that children are at risk for at summer camp this year. News reports from around the country indicate that Swine flu is spreading through dozens of camps. Some have shut down. Some … Continue reading

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Rear-Facing Car Seats Safest for Kids Up to Age 4

A new recommendation published in the British Medical Journal suggests that children up to the age of 4 are safest if placed in such seats when riding in a car. The British experts say most parents are too quick to … Continue reading

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If You Want to Get Fat, or Have Trouble Losing Weight, then Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast is a big no-no if you are trying to lose or maintain weight because it leads to high-calorie cravings later. Now researchers think they know why that happens. More Information:

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12 Ways to Live Longer

When I wrote my book, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, I included information on how people can make decisions that will affect the quantity and quality of their lives. Here’s a redux of a number of studies on longevity … Continue reading

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Have Expired Medications? Don’t flush them away!

It’s not at all uncommon for people to flush unwanted or expired medications down the sink or toilet. However, more and more health groups say this is harming the environment. So, what can you do? More Information:

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AMA adopts new policy on anti-aging and bioidentical hormones

The American Medical Association (AMA) says there’s no scientific proof to back up the claims of anti-aging or so-called ‘bioidentical’ hormones. And, quite frankly, I have to agree. More Information:

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Could ADHD medications cause sudden death in children?

A new study, published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry, concluded  that indicated that “the stimulants may be associated with sudden death.” If your child or teen has been prescribed stimulant medications for ADHD, what should you do? More … Continue reading

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Choosing Baby’s Changing Table

A changing table can be invaluable in helping parents with frequent diaper changes. But it should be properly constructed to safely support baby’s weight. More Information:

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New Moms, Protect Your Back. Be careful when bending or lifting.

New moms have enough on their minds without worrying about throwing out their back. So, what can you do to prevent a back injury? More Information:

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Vitamin supplement dramatically lessens risk of miscarriage and birth defects

Taking a multivitamin before and during early pregnancy has just been shown to be associated with a dramatic 57% reduction in the risk for miscarriage. If you are a woman who is sexually active and not sterile or infertile, whether … Continue reading

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Lying to your doctor may endanger your health and life

Have you ever told a fib to your physician? Perhaps a little white lie? Have you been less than honest about your social habits? Or, you past medical history? Did you know this could endanger your health . . . … Continue reading

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Over 90% of online pharmacies may be violating FDA regulations

Buying prescription medications from online pharmacies may seem cheap and easy. But cheap and easy shouldn’t be your top priority when it comes to your health. While there are plenty of legitimate U.S. Internet pharmacies that follow the law and … Continue reading

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Trustworthy consumer websites for PRESCRIPTION drug info

How can you make informed choices about prescription drugs? For one thing, don’t get all your drug information from ads or labels! So, where can you turn? More Information:

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Trustworthy consumer websites for NATURAL MEDICATION info (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)

How can you make informed choices about natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)? For one thing, don’t get your information from ads or labels! There is almost no regulation in the U.S. on these products. So, where can you turn? … Continue reading

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An easier way to diagnosis diabetes is announced. I highly recommend it.

A blood test physicians use regularly to check the average blood sugar levels in people with diabetes is now being recommended as a tool to diagnose the disease. And, the test is much more convenient for patients, as it does … Continue reading

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When it comes to fast food, how can you make better choices for you and your family?

Fast food may be inexpensive and convenient, but it is often high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt. Being highly processed, it may be low in many essential nutrients. And, it’s typically very low in fiber. So, what’s a parent … Continue reading

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Are your teens having trouble getting to sleep? Many are too caffeinated!

According to a new report in Reuters Health, caffeine-fueled teens are texting, web-surfing, and gaming for hours into the night, which is affecting their alertness and ability to function during the day. What can you, as a parent, do about … Continue reading

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Updated pregnancy weight gain guidelines

As a family physician, I had the honor and unmitigated privilege of attending the birth of over 1500 babies in my career. Each one was a special experience for me. And, as you can imagine, mothers-to-be always had tons of … Continue reading

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Larimore Family Newsletter – June 2009 Edition

Family Update Dr. Walt Named in “Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors” Dr. Walt Finally on Facebook Publication Update New Title for Dr. Walt’s First Novel: The Gabon Virus Dr. Walt writes chapter for Joe Gibbs’ new book: Game Plan … Continue reading

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Yet another study suggests television viewing may impair children’s language development

As most parents will admit, nothing can occupy a child quite like the boob tube. What shocks most parents to learn is that more than a half dozen studies now suggest that the TV babysitter has a steep price: the … Continue reading

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More reasons to consider having your vitamin D level checked – you may think better and have less arthritis

Low vitamin D levels may impair thinking and adequate vitamin D levels may help prevent knee osteoarthritis, according to two studies released this last week. Both of these studies, added to the others I’ve discussed in this blog in the … Continue reading

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Most Children are Vitamin D Deficient Also

Vitamin D deficiency is a growing problem in the United States. A 2004 study reported that 42 percent of otherwise healthy adolescents in a primary care setting were vitamin D deficient. Among infants, dark skin pigmentation and breastfeeding without supplementation … Continue reading

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Install Smoke Alarms at Home – How to put them in properly

According to the Home Safety Council, smoke alarms are an inexpensive, yet vital, way to alert you and your family in the event of a fire. More Information:

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Taking Care of Baby’s Dandruff (called ‘cradle cap’ in infants)

Like adults, babies also develop dry, flaky scalps. The condition is known as “cradle cap” in infants. What can you do to treat it safely? More Information:

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New research questions low-dose aspirin prevent heart attacks and strokes

BBC News reports that “low-dose aspirin should NOT routinely be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes,” according to research published in the Lancet.  So, if you are on a daily aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or … Continue reading

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