Acne and adolescents

More than 80% of teenagers experience acne. The bad news is that there is no cure. The good news is that it usually clears up as your teen gets older. Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by chocolate, fried foods or anything else in a teenager’s usual diet. It’s not the...
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When ‘adulting’ involves a cancer diagnosis

When one hears the terms “adolescent” and “young adult,” several things may come to mind. You may think about those in high school or college. Maybe you think about that whole period of time after college when you are trying to figure out how this whole “adulting” thing works. While there are many stressful factors...
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‘The smile we were meant to love’

On August 31, 2016 we welcomed our firstborn son, Grant Hugh Edwards. We had all of the first-time parent nerves, but with an extra dose of angst and concern, as we knew our Grant would be born with a bilateral cleft palate and lip. There is comfort in knowing of a challenge your child will...
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Is gluten-free right for your child?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Nearly 30% of Americans try to avoid gluten, and some stores have entire sections dedicated to gluten-free products. But are gluten-free products healthy for children? A recent study revealed that products labeled gluten-free are not nutritionally better compared to “regular” children’s foods. Approximately 88% of...
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Gun safety for parents

The safest home for a child is a home without a gun. Every day, 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. If a gun is present at home, parents can reduce the chances of children being injured by following some important safety rules: Store guns and ammunition...
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HPV vaccine: What you need to know

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. This virus can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, anus and genitals and is transmitted through sexual activity. There are more than 30,000 cases of these cancers each year – and most could be prevented with the HPV vaccine! The HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil 9) is approved by the...
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Summer travel safety tips

Many families count Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer! Summertime brings much excitement to families. Schools are let out, vacations are planned, and oftentimes with this, road travel! Before you plan that family vacation, hook up the new boat or camper, and hit the road with your family and friends, we want to...
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Immunizations: Keeping your child safe

The safety and efficacy of vaccines has been the subject of a lot of discussion in the news media, especially in light of recent measles outbreaks. Measles is not a mild disease—neither is polio, whooping cough, Hib or pneumococcal meningitis, or rotavirus. These are the kinds of diseases that cause a lot of suffering for...
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Sun safety for kids

Summer will be here before you know it! Parents and children alike are ready to spend their days outside – swimming, playing on the beach, picnicking at the lake or just hanging out together in the yard. With so many fun outdoor activities, remember to take care of your child’s skin. Most of us worry...
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Transitioning from pediatric to adult care

As your kids get older, you’ve probably considered whether it’s time to move on from the pediatrician who’s taken care of them all their lives. And teens coping with hormonal changes or in need of counseling about birth control or an eating disorder might feel out of place in a waiting room with babies and...
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