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The best way to administer children’s medication

Imagine this. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning. You have to get up at 6:30 and your child hasn’t slept at all. He’s coughing and feels terrible. With sleepy-eyed desperation you shuffle to the medicine cabinet to get your wee one some cough medicine to help him feel better. In this time of distress you...
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What to know about research linking GERD medications and kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, were first introduced in the late 1980s revolutionizing the management of peptic ulcer disease.  They remain one of the most commonly prescribed medications today and are also available for over-the-counter purchase without a prescription for people with reflux. The recent observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week revealed...
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New Dietary Guidelines Focus Less on Fats, More on Added Sugars

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Agriculture (USDA) have just released dietary guidelines for Americans for 2015 to 2020. The guidelines for added sugars, saturated fats and salt have changed significantly. I think that the changes are good, although they may not have gone far enough. Specifically, the guidelines recommend a...
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Five simple lifestyle changes that lead to better health

Many of the problems we see daily among our patients can be managed and prevented by implementing simple lifestyle changes into everyday life. These changes can also help decrease the risk factors associated with diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week....
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A Vaccine that Can Prevent Cancer

Cancer continues to be one of the greatest health challenges we face in South Carolina, across the nation and around the world. One in three Americans will get cancer in their lifetime—1.7 million will be diagnosed this year and almost 600,000 will die of this disease. Many cancers seem to strike with little warning, have...
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Holiday coping tips for fractured families

Holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Throw in a separation or a divorce, and you’ve got ingredients for misery. But child psychiatrist Julius Earle, Jr., MD, has tips to help fractured families better cope through the holidays.
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Is a partial knee replacement right for you?

Partial knee replacements are currently in the news after former President George W. Bush recently underwent surgery. This is a positive event because many people aren’t aware that partial knee replacements are available and could be an option for them.
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Vaccines for infants and young children

Last year, around this time, I wrote a blog called Vaccines for your Teenager. In this blog, I want to talk more about the vaccines that help protect infants and younger children. I find that many parents are overwhelmed and not sure what shots their kids need or what diseases they help protect against. It...
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Sudden cardiac death in children

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as an abrupt, unexpected death due to a cardiovascular cause. Death typically occurs within minutes to 1 hour of the onset of symptoms. If the individual is successfully resuscitated, it is called “aborted sudden cardiac death.”
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Planning to run a half marathon?

This is the season when most of us resolve to live healthier by setting our sights on at least one fitness goal. If completing a half marathon is on your list, I wouldn’t be surprised. Over 1.9 million Americans completed a half marathon in 2016, and the event has been the fastest growing road race...
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