January is National Birth Defect Prevention Month. Birth defects include abnormalities of body structures, metabolism or function. Most birth defects are the result of both genetic and environmental factors. Genetic causes can include gene defects or chromosome abnormalities over which we have little control. In addition, many environmental factors can play a role in the
Asthma is a very common condition affecting people of all ages and approximately 10% of the population. Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways of the lung. The triggers for asthma vary from person to person and can include allergies like pollen or dust, respiratory infections like cold viruses, influenza or pneumonia, exercise, irritants
It’s flu season…. or is it just a cold…. The cold weather months bring with it viral “cold” season. Although it is common to refer to any winter time febrile illness as the “flu” or throwing up illness as the “stomach flu,” much of the illness in your home this winter will be non-influenza viruses.
Depression is a serious and important medical condition that has an estimated prevalence of 4-8% in the adolescent population. This is probably an underestimate given the fact that some signs and symptoms of depression are mistaken for normal “teenage” behavior and that many teens are hesitant to report symptoms. Yearly checkups with your pediatrician throughout
Winter is upon us and with it children are likely to bring the flu or other illnesses home from school. Before you know it, the entire house can often be coughing and nose blowing and valuable days and weeks are lost from school and work. How can you prevent your house from becoming germ infested?
It’s back-to-school time! For most parents this is an exciting time of year- until they realize that the sleep schedule that their children were keeping over the summer won’t cut it once school starts. It’s not uncommon for children to go to bed and wake up later in the summer (and over holidays); the key