September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and parents have been weighing in to ask me about the benefits of weight loss surgery for their teenager who is significantly overweight. Let me scale up some information on this topic. The Statistics One-to-two percent of US teenagers are severely obese. While sticking to a doctor-approved diet […]

September 20 is National Backpack Safety Awareness Day. Follow the tips that follow to keep your child or children healthy and safe.  With the school year started, many parents are buying school supplies. One item to pay attention to is the quality and size of the back pack you purchase for your child. Why Backpack […]

The third week of September is Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week. Car crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children. These deaths and injuries can be prevented by use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Parents and caregivers are sometimes confused. Questions range from “what seat should I buy before I […]

Parents are reading lots about vaccinations, some of it factual and some less so. Let me take my best shot at doing some myth-busting when it comes to separating vaccine fact from vaccine fiction. Before I start, I do want to remind everyone of the key fact that vaccines help to prevent many serious infectious […]

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Childhood obesity continues to be a problem. According to the Centers for […]

Learn more and register for the Rare New England conference on September 23, 2017. The theme is “Improving Health Care Experiences in the Rare Disease Community with Information and Support.” The focus will be on services and resources available to the rare disease community. RNE’s mission is to bring together New England patients, families and providers touched by […]

Parents of girls who play sports have been teaming up to ask me about something called the “female athlete triad.” Let me see if I can put some points on the educational scoreboard in helping everyone learn about this topic. The female athlete triad occurs in teen girls who play sports or exercise intensely. The […]