A young relative of mine has a 4-month-old baby. She asked me about peanut allergies and the best way to introduce her infant to peanuts. She had already talked to her pediatrician, but wanted more reassurance that she was doing the right thing.
Her anxiety is shared by lots of new parents who are terrified of peanut allergies.
Who can blame them? Peanut allergies among children have been on the … read on
I just watched a video from Healthcare Triage, a YouTube series created by Aaron Carroll, MD. Dr. Carroll is both a pediatrician and a healthcare researcher; his goal is to educate patients about how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and answer questions about common health topics.
This video focuses on an unfortunate reality in our healthcare system—roughly half of common treatments aren’t based on good research.
Although spring is usually associated with the most allergies, some of us suffer year round.
And allergies—to pets, feathers, dust, pollen, or fragrances—can really interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
Some people find relief with over-the-counter allergy medication, but I don’t like to use them. Not only are they expensive to use on a daily basis, but common side effects include dry mouth, dry eyes, and dry sinuses, … read on
The program is mostly targeted at parents of young children. After all, if we teach kids from an early age to enjoy healthy foods and understand how what they eat affects their health, they are much more likely to grow up to be healthy adults.
But any adult can benefit from the information … read on
There have been recent news reports that the over-the-counter heartburn drug, Zantac (ranitidine), contains trace amounts of a carcinogen, NDMA. That sounds scary, but the drug HAS NOT been recalled, and patients are not being told to stop taking it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to figure out why NDMA is present in ranitidine, and whether or not it’s a health risk.
I just ran across another article in a health magazine touting the benefits of tart cherry supplements or juice.
This particular article suggested tart cherries “significantly” reduced systolic blood pressure (the upper number). The author also wrote that tart cherries were linked to arthritis relief and exercise recovery.
Are they? Or are you better off saving your money?
Coincidence? No. A mild climate and lots of opportunities for urban hiking, kayaking, and biking keep us active. But I read more and more studies that associate green spaces with better overall health.