Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room: What’s the Difference?

Sep 25, 2017

Knowing where to go when you are sick or after an accident can sometimes be tricky, especially when you need help after hours. Should you go to an urgent care center or emergency room? Read more... Source: The... [ learn more ]

What Happens When You Get a Concussion — and What Happens Next

Apr 29, 2017

A Michigan Medicine neurologist shares the right way to heal a ‘rebooting’ brain. When an unexpected injury to the head or neck occurs, whether from a sporting injury, car accident or some other collision, a concussion may result. Concussions are traumatic brain... [ learn more ]

Why Your Medicine Cabinet Needs a ‘Spring Cleaning’ This Saturday

Apr 28, 2017

A national event encouraging prescription drug disposal returns this weekend. A Michigan Medicine physician explains the benefits of timely cabinet cleanses and safe storage. Children are often the victims of accidental misuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more... [ learn more ]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Peanut Allergies in Babies

Feb 07, 2017

Scientists say early and consistent feeding of peanuts can help prevent peanut allergies in children. A food allergy expert explains what parents should know. Read more... Source: U of M Halthblog... [ learn more ]

Reasons to get a good night's sleep

Jan 22, 2017

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receives and, perhaps more importantly, rids itself of vital nutrients? New research... [ learn more ]

AAP: When Your Kids Should — and Shouldn't — Use Digital Media

Nov 03, 2016

In a new position statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics explains how parents and children should use digital devices. New guidelines announced by the American Academy of Pediatrics say parents need to pay attention not only to the amount of time... [ learn more ]

Sore Throat Relief the Natural Way

Oct 17, 2016

Sore throats can make us cranky and uncomfortable, and since viruses are the major cause of sore throats, there are no medications to make sore throats go away quickly.  However, there are certain natural remedies that will make your sore throat... [ learn more ]

Childhood Constipation

Oct 14, 2016

Constipation, defined as hard or infrequent bowel movements (3 or less a week), is a very common phenomenon during childhood. The most likely cause is diet, although some children inherently have a slow peristalsis leading to constipation. There are many... [ learn more ]

School Night Bedtime Tips Every Parent Should Know

Sep 13, 2016

A few more hours of shut-eye can make a big difference for kids, especially during back-to-school season. Poor sleeping habits can have far worse effects on children and adolescents than just irritability or a rash of midmorning yawns. Read... [ learn more ]

5 Signs Your Child Might Have Vision Problems

Sep 12, 2016

Uncorrected vision issues can interfere with a child’s ability to learn, which might lead to academic struggles or behavioral problems. That’s why parents should learn to spot warning signs of poor vision, says Christopher Gappy, M.D., a pediatric ophthalmologist at the... [ learn more ]

Our Nurse Practitioner got Published!

Jul 29, 2016

All Smiles: How to Prevent Tooth Decay by Monika Pis, PhD, CPNP Since the state of your children’s teeth and gums reflects their overall health, it’s important to establish good dental care as early as possible. However, if you have not already... [ learn more ]

Brain Fitness

Jun 12, 2016

While the World Health Organization recommends that people get no more than 10% (or even 5%) of their daily calories from sugar, kids typically eat more. In some countries, much more1. In the United States, for example, the average preschooler... [ learn more ]

Gum Disease Might Harm More Than Your Teeth

Jun 04, 2016

Gingivitis, the common gum disease, might be associated with esophageal cancer, according to a recent study. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan... [ learn more ]

A Fun Way to Ease Kids’ Anxiety About Medical Procedures

Jun 02, 2016

Children might feel nervous or scared in health care settings. A simple solution? Play. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan... [ learn more ]

How Diet Influences Mood and Mental Health

May 31, 2016

Brains do not live in a vacuum; they play by the same rules as other organs in your body when it comes to being healthy. It is important to understand the interaction between the body and the brain. We still... [ learn more ]

The Ugly Truth About Makeup

May 18, 2016

Did you know that that there are about 126 chemicals in 12 personal care products?  And the average person uses abut 30 personal care products, such as shampoos, hair conditioners, make-up daily... Janet Nudelman, Breast Cancer Fund's Director of Program and... [ learn more ]

Poor diet may increase risk of mental health problems in children

May 16, 2016

Yet another stury showed a link between bad diet and behavioral issues and possibly mental health issues in children. Findings of this study of 83,000 children revealed that an unhealthy diet was connected to poor mental health, such as anxiety,... [ learn more ]

Breath-holding spells in toddlerhood

May 15, 2016

Breath-holding spells are common in toddler-hood. They may be the result of conflict, frustration, or anger. Although they are frightening to watch for parents, generally they have no serious health consequences. What is a breath-holding spell?A breath-holding spell is when... [ learn more ]

Dental Q & A

May 09, 2016

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S.? It is five times as widespread as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever — but the good news is that tooth... [ learn more ]

Is sugar toxic?

May 08, 2016

Did you know that an average American consumes 130 punds of sugar a year?  It is 1/3 of a pound of sugar a day! Listen to the iterview with Dr. Rober Lustig, a pediadric endocrinologist, in which he explains why eating... [ learn more ]

Should You Shun Saturated Fat to Prevent A Heart Attack?

Apr 26, 2016

Do you worry about your cholesterol levels? Have you followed the nutrition advice of the American Heart Association to ban butter, embrace margarine, avoid eggs and use vegetable oil as your cooking fat? The diet-heart hypothesis, which holds that saturated fat... [ learn more ]

Invest in our children to create better future

Mar 22, 2016

Written by Tommy Schechtman, MD. Original article published in Palm Beach Post. A number of children still don’t have access to quality health care. More than 377,000 Florida children are uninsured, and about 28,673 of those children live in Palm... [ learn more ]

High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Brain

Feb 25, 2016

Excessive alcohol use can cause fat accumulation in the liver. Ultimately, This accumulation of fat may lead to liver failure that may actually prove fatal. But it turns out, that there is another form of fat accumulation in the liver that... [ learn more ]

Heart Disease: Reduce Your Child's Risk

Feb 15, 2016

Heredity is clearly an important risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, researchers are steadily gathering strong evidence about how diet influence development of diseases. Experts agree that healthy eating habits from an early age... [ learn more ]

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Feb 08, 2016

Heavy use of electronic media can have significant negative effects on children’s behavior, health and school performance. Those who watch a lot of simulated violence, common in many popular video games, can become immune to it, more inclined to act... [ learn more ]

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development

Jan 18, 2016

Baby laptops, baby cellphones, talking farms — these are the whirring, whiz-bang toys of the moment, many of them marketed as tools to encourage babies’ language skills. A new study raises questions about whether such electronic playthings make it less likely... [ learn more ]

Amber Teething Necklaces Pose Choking Hazard

Dec 09, 2015

Baltic amber necklaces, as they are known, have become popular as an alternative treatment to ease teething pain in infantBut...s and toddlers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and, increasingly, the United States. Retailers claim that when warmed by the baby’s... [ learn more ]

Preventing HPV-related cancers

Dec 05, 2015

Cancer cells themselves aren’t contagious among humans, as far as we know. But some contagious viruses, including human papillomaviruses (HPVs), can persist in tissues and eventually cause cancer or other diseases. In fact, HPVs are the only known cause of... [ learn more ]

Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2

Dec 03, 2015

Parents are often shocked when I tell them that pediatricians think it’s a bad idea for children to watch TV before age 2. Surveys tell us about 40% of infants are watching some sort of video by age 5 months,... [ learn more ]

Foods Causing The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Nov 04, 2015

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the U.S. in the past 30 years, and other industrialized countries, such as Canada and the UK aren’t far behind. While we are quick to point the finger at fast food and soda... [ learn more ]

How to improve you child's sugar level and blood pressure

Nov 01, 2015

Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are now being diagnosed in many children, probably as a consequence of the obesity epidemic. Scientists have just discovered that removing much of the sugar from youngsters’ diets, even if calories and... [ learn more ]

Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Oct 28, 2015

The Mediterranean diet has certainly garnered a lot of attention, and with good reason. Adherence to this way of eating has been clearly associated with reduced risk for a variety of medical conditions including coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer,... [ learn more ]

Hippotherapy: A new therapy for autism

Oct 19, 2015

The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word "hippo," which means "horse." It describes physical, occupational, or speech therapy that uses the multidimensional movement of a walking horse to stimulate the rider and help enhance balance, good posture, mobility,... [ learn more ]

Myths about Flu vaccine you don't need to fear

Oct 16, 2015

Brace yourself: the flu season is here! Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard. Flu and pneumonia combined consistently rank... [ learn more ]

Influenza Survival Guide

Oct 15, 2015

Influenza is the most common disease in the U.S. that can be prevented by vaccination. Yet, 5-20% of the population (about 15-60 million people) come down with this potentially life threatening respiratory illness. Annually, there are approximately 36,00 deaths related... [ learn more ]

Boost your immune system this flu season!

Oct 04, 2015

With the flu season upon us, all of us should take steps to get our immune systems ready to fend off germs. Boosting your immune system is a very good idea if you want to stay cold- and flu-free. Let’s... [ learn more ]

Natural relief of PMS

Aug 28, 2015

If you or your daughter fight PMS every month, read on! Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms such as mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression.  These symptoms reoccur in a predictable pattern, usually a... [ learn more ]

Insect Repellents

Aug 27, 2015

Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. One way to protect your child from biting insects is to use insect repellents. However,... [ learn more ]

Routine Childhood Vaccines are Safe

Aug 22, 2015

Routine vaccines for children aged 6 or younger are safe and not linked to increased odds of autism or leukemia, according to an analysis published in the journal Pediatrics and commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers... [ learn more ]

Sun protection is important from birth!

Aug 21, 2015

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s... [ learn more ]

How to Build an Essential Summer First Aid Kit

Jun 21, 2015

Every year the summer arrives with full force in my ER: cuts, ticks, poison ivy, infected bug bites, sunburns, eye injuries, broken bones, and all other kinds of summer fun gone wrong. Luckily, you can easily treat or prevent much... [ learn more ]

Sun Safety

Jun 14, 2015

It's good for children and adults to spend time playing and exercising outdoors, and it's important to do so safely. Simple Rules to Protect your Family from Sunburns. Read more... Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

How to Remove a Tick

Jun 04, 2015

Most tick bites are harmless.  The spread of disease by ticks is rare.If the tick is still attached to the skin, it will need to be removed.Covering the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish, or rubbing alcohol doesn't... [ learn more ]

After Measles, Children Remain Vulnerable to Other Potentially Deadly Infections

May 12, 2015

Children who survive a measles infection remain vulnerable to other potentially deadly infections for as long as two or three years after the measles infection, according to research published in the May 8 issue of Science.   So, to protect your... [ learn more ]

Measles erases immune protection to other diseases, scientist say

May 11, 2015

Michael Mina, a postdoc in biology at Princeton Unicersity with a team of scientists from Princeton University and Emory University obtained epidemiological data from the U.S., Denmark, Wales and England dating back to the 1940s. Using computer models, they found that the... [ learn more ]

Child Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?

Apr 20, 2015

Have ever wandered about: 1. Who decides what immunizations children need? 2. How are the timing and spacing of the shots determined? 3. Why are there so many doses? 4. Why is the schedule “one size fits all?” Aren’t there some children who shouldn’t receive some  ... [ learn more ]

What is heard immunity?

Apr 15, 2015

The term “herd immunity” refers to a means of protecting a whole community from disease by immunizing a critical mass of its populace. Vaccination protects more than just the vaccinated person. By breaking the chain of an infection’s transmission, vaccination... [ learn more ]

Immunity and Vaccines Explained

Apr 14, 2015

Our bodies are bombarded by bacteria and viruses. For those that make their way inside, our immune system is on guard, waiting not only to kill the invaders but also to create memory cells that will help defeat them more... [ learn more ]

The Deadliest Contagious Diseases

Apr 13, 2015

According to WHO, pneumonia is the world's leading killer of children, "more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined".  In 2012 alone, 1.1 million of U.S. children died of pneumonia. The good news is that vaccinations can prevent the disease. ... [ learn more ]

Botanical treatments in skin conditions

Apr 12, 2015

Do home remedies have a role in skin care? Dan Siegel, MD, Daniel Mark Siegel, MD, MS, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate and Director of the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship, says that dermatologists can find a lot of medicinal uses... [ learn more ]

Kids and TV

Apr 07, 2015

Research shows that children who are not exposed to entertainment screen time, such as TV, computers, and phones, were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. Technology is a part of... [ learn more ]

Calcium: Are You Getting Enough?

Apr 06, 2015

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies. It makes up about half of the body’s total mineral content. Therefore, we call it a macro mineral. This macro mineral plays a very important role in the development of strong... [ learn more ]

Vaccines: The NPR Panel Discussion

Mar 31, 2015

In 1966, scientists developed a vaccine for measles. By the year 2000, the disease was considered eradicated in the U.S., a major public health victory. Fast forward to today and cases of measles have reached a 20-year high. The reason,... [ learn more ]

Examine the science behind vaccines and learn why opting out is a risk

Mar 30, 2015

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the... [ learn more ]

Heart Disease: Reduce Your Child's Risk

Mar 27, 2015

Being heart-healthy is not just for adults. All children older than 2 years should follow a heart-healthy diet, including low-fat dairy products. Learn more about heart disease and kids here. Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

Tips for Poison Prevention and Treatment

Mar 16, 2015

Each year, approximately 3 million people—more under the agey of 5—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. Read more How to Poison... [ learn more ]

Are vitamin drinks a good idea?

Mar 04, 2015

Companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water, responding to a growing consumer demand for these products. Even though the amounts of added nutrients in these drinks are typically small, some nutrition scientists are... [ learn more ]

Peanut Allergies - What You Should Know About the Latest Research

Mar 04, 2015

For many years, experts thought that the best way to fight peanut allergy was to avoid peanut products in the first years of life—that's why in 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that any child at high risk... [ learn more ]

Are you getting enough sleep?

Mar 03, 2015

The National Sleep Foundation came out with sleep recommendation numbers, suggesting that adults should get an average of seven to nine hours of shut-eye and children much more. Here’s a breakdown of those numbers  read more...... [ learn more ]

Measles can be dangerous!

Feb 20, 2015

Measles can be dangerous especially for babies and young children. Symproms typically include...  read more... Source: CDC... [ learn more ]

How to Protect Your Children During A Measles Outbreak

Feb 10, 2015

Since December 2014, a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California has grown to more than 100 cases in multiple states. Most of the people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated against measles. This is a stark reminder... [ learn more ]

Opting out of vaccination is a recipe for outbreak

Feb 02, 2015

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children due to concerns about side effects can put others at risk -- even those who have been vaccinated. Gwen Ifill from PBS talks to Patsy Stinchfield of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota... [ learn more ]

New child booster seat law in Florida!

Jan 07, 2015

Children ages 4 and 5, previously allowed to ride in cars with just a seatbelt, must use child-safety or booster seats under a new law that took effect Jan. 1. According to the CDC, boster seats reduce the risk of serious... [ learn more ]

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Dec 02, 2014

Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace. Read more...... [ learn more ]

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 Poste

Dec 01, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per... [ learn more ]

PBS: These Six Disease You Should Worry About More than Ebola

Oct 20, 2014

As anxiety about Ebola mounts, PBS asked the experts which U.S. diseases we should be worried about, or at least more worried about than Ebola. Here are six, in no particular order. Read more... ... [ learn more ]

Why California faces pertussis epidemic

Sep 23, 2014

Hollywood, CA parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough. That kind of thinking ignores the way vaccines work, through herd immunity. A community can only be protected when 92 percent or more of a population... [ learn more ]

Doctors must talk about guns

Jul 30, 2014

Prevention is the best medicine and education is the best motivator. With more than 4,000 children killed by guns every year in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatric thinks it would be a crime not to ask about guns at... [ learn more ]

Sweat your way to a healthier brain!

Jan 09, 2014

Moving your body may be the best way to protect your brain. Physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting underway in San Diego. Read more... Source: NPR... [ learn more ]

Why is Whooping cough back?

Sep 11, 2014

Pertussis kills about 300,000 people each year worldwide, most of them infants. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infants under one year old not only are at greatest risk of death from the disease, but... [ learn more ]