Child Health

Happy New Year and Flu Shots for All

Thank you Mr. President for getting your H1N1 influenza shot. I guess it took so long because you are not in a high-risk group, but I would have let you cut in line if it was up to me. 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccinations are available for all just in time for New Years resolutions. Make the resolve to take better ... Read More »

Vaccines: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

First the good news The 2009 H1N1influenza flu vaccine is now available to everyone. No more “high risk groups‚Äù, or “special groups‚Äù, or “age specific groupings‚Äù, the “rest of us‚Äù can now get access to the best prevention for the flu, but where? Locating a shot location can still be a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. The Flu.gov website still ... Read More »

Show off Your Skin: Psoriasis and Eczema

Recently, a friend of mine explained to me the physical, psychological and emotional pains of having psoriasis. She lifts her pant leg and with a grimace on her face, tells me “just look at this! What’s your first reaction?‚Äù Looking at the red patches, I thought to myself it looked like a rash or bad sunburn against her ivory skin. ... Read More »

World Pneumonia Day

pneumonia worldwide and the impact pneumonia has on people of all ages, but especially young children under age 5. Advocates will kick off the first annual World Pneumonia Day with a summit in New York City. More than 100 scientists, political leaders, public health organizations and donors will meet to discuss pneumonia prevention, treatment and protection for the world’s vulnerable ... Read More »

Do not be a Zombie this Halloween‚ Take Steps to Prevent the Flu

This Halloween we need to worry about a new body snatcher. No, it is not a blank-starring zombie roaming the streets looking for its next victim, but it is a highly contagious, serious and even deadly influenza called 2009 H1N1. Don’ let this frighten you into a catatonic state but rather take charge and fight back. Each year more that ... Read More »

Faces of Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome (AS) has recently made a very visible jump in the American public’s consciousness. Recently two TV reality shows have had contestants with this high functioning form of autism. Check out the stories of Heather Kuzmich a model that was catapulted to the top ranks of American popularity on America’s Next Top Model and of Zev Glassenberg a contestant ... Read More »

Concussion in Sports

A concussion is an alteration in mental status that may or may not involve loss of consciousness and is caused by a traumatic blow to the head. Concussions from sports are an epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A concussion can occur from any contact in a competitive sporting environment but a football collision is ... Read More »

Vaccine Safety

Vaccines are a great public health success story. The administration of vaccines has eradicated smallpox, nearly ended polio and greatly reduced the outbreaks of measles, pertussis and other illnesses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that ‚Influenza vaccination is the primary method for preventing influenza and its severe complications. 1580 is the first known year for an influenza pandemic. ... Read More »