How to avoid burnout in youth sports

Brody On Health

Few would dispute the value to children of participating in sports, organized or otherwise. Being physically active and engaged in friendly competition is widely acknowledged to be good for children’s physical, mental and social well-being. It can foster discipline, cooperation and camaraderie as well as a good time. When I was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s and ‘50s, […]

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it’s aiming to erase a hazard linked to chronic illness. In a statement Monday, the U.N. health agency said eliminating […]

Sports injuries and overuse

First With Kids

With spring sports season upon us, parents have stepped up to the plate and pitched lots of questions in my direction. They want to know whether their young athletes can injure themselves from too much practicing, resulting in an overuse injury. An overuse injury is an injury that causes damage to a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon. This happens due […]

Time to think about ticks

CVMC Health Talk

Almost half the deer ticks in our region carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, so it’s important to be careful before and after venturing into tall grass or forests during the spring, summer and fall. Before heading into the woods, spray pants, legs and shoes with an insect repellent that contains 20 percent DEET. It comes in different strengths, […]

National Prevention Week is upon us

RRMC Health Talk

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. They are also the most costly and preventable diseases. Eating well, exercising and limiting alcohol use are ways to lower the risk of diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. Drinking too much alcohol causes 88,000 deaths each year, with more […]

Is it a cold or an allergy?

First With Kids

Mothers Day is a perfect occasion for a fragrant bouquet of flowers, unless those nearby are suffering from spring allergies. So how can we tell the difference between a seasonal allergy and a common cold? I’m itching to explain it to you. Allergies affect 40 million to 50 million Americans. Children with allergies will do a lot of sniffling and […]

Pearls of parenting wisdom

When it comes to parenting advice, you’ve got your homegrown experts, your celebrities, the granola-crunchy crowd and your “bad moms,” who write funny books about drinking and cursing their way through rearing children. Sometimes, though, there’s a mom who writes a book that revs on a great many of those cylinders. Count the real Rainbow “Bow” Johnson in that camp, […]

The debate persists over GMO foods

Brody On Health

It’s human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetic engineering of food and feed crops resulted in their resounding condemnation as “Frankenfoods” by many consumers, who seem as terrified of eating an apple with an added anti-browning gene or a pink pineapple genetically enriched with the antioxidant lycopene as I […]

Celebrating Nurses Week

Health Talk

Did you know that the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical professional for the past sixteen years in a row? National Nurses week was first celebrated in 1954 in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 100th anniversary of her mission to Crimea. This week is meant to honor the nursing profession and their commitment to protecting, promoting, and […]

Socks better than shoes for walking practice

First With Kids

Parents have been walking up to me with lots of questions about baby shoes. When does their baby need to be in shoes? What type do I recommend? I don’t want to be a heel on this one, so let me get to the sole of the matter. First of all, babies do not need shoes to learn to walk. […]

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