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Health & Wellness

The Latest on the Peanut Butter Recall

The peanut butter recall has been all over the news the past couple of days.  With the amount of information coming at us at such a fast pace, it can be confusing and overwhelming.  Here is a summary of the information we have so far:   The Salmonella outbreak is tied to the Peanut Corporation of […]

New concern over Vicks points to importance of reading labels!

News came out today that researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are concerned that Vicks VapoRub may cause airway inflammation that can restrict breathing.  This comes after an 11-month old girl was treated for sever respiratory distress after Vicks was placed directly under her nose. While I"m not trying to discredit the researchers, […]

How Can We Question Finding Cures For Childhood Diseases?

This week an article came out in Newsweek questioning whether there is any real benefit to banking a baby’s cord blood.  They painted a picture of one company in particular, Cord Blood Registry, as pushing “marketing hype” and suggested that a few “anectodal” stories of the successful use of treating children with their own stems […]

More Warnings on the Dangers of Childhood Obesity

A study was just released by The American Heart Association which finds that the arteries of obese children and teens may have as much plaque build-up as those of a 40-year old.  This is startling and just another warning sign of the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in this country.  Approximately one-third of kids in […]

Say “Boo” To The Flu

As I predicted, just a few weeks into the fall and my entire family has already had colds, stomach viruses or some variation.  While this is annoying, it's certainly not as problematic as when it develops into the flu.  In fact, according to the Centers For Disease Control, over 20,000 children under the age of 5 […]

Should Flu Shots Be Mandatory?

Many parents in New Jersey are up in arms over their state's requirement for children to receive a flu shot before being allowed to enter pre-school or daycare.  So far New Jersey is the only state to require this vaccination.  Will other states follow suit?  Here are some facts from the Center for Disease Control […]

Halloween Tips on Treats and Safety

Halloween candy can put you and your child in a sticky situation when it comes to their teeth and braces.  It comes as no surprise that the days following Halloween are the busiest of the year for orthodontists. There are safe alternatives to the traditional Halloween candy.  Hand out stickers, temporary tattoos, pretzels or fruit […]

No Cold or Flu Medicine for Kids Under 4 — Is this enough?

As if last year's warnings about the dangers of giving cold medicine to kids wasn't confusing enough, the drug companies have just released a new warning advising parents not to give cold and flu medicine to children under the age of 4.  The expands from last year's recommendation for kids under 2.  If the FDA […]