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It seems like all I do is write “back-to-school” articles. I probably don’t but it sure seems like it.
We need, once again, to update you on back-2-school immunization strategies because – as nearly every telephone triage system in the world claims – “options have recently changed.”
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We can treat the results of a “peanut allergy attack” but not prevent the issue. How could we? We don’t have a clue what is making such a health crisis now that didn’t occur 20-30 years ago.
There is no immunotherapy or pills to prevent it. Bee stings we know about. They cause anaphylaxis crises too. We’ve found that deliberately injecting miniscule amounts of bee sting venom into an allergic person (under controlled conditions of course) and then slowly increasing the strength of the injection can eventually help the person “get over” the sting allergy – or at least make it less severe.
Well, apparently they’ve been experimenting with a similar thing for peanuts. A skin patch – like a nicotine patch to stop smoking – with tiny amounts of peanut allergen is worn on the arm or somewhere. And, eventually, over time (perhaps a year or so) the persons reactions diminish to some extent.
Like the doc said in the video: “the patient is probably not going to be able to eat a peanut butter sandwich” but just making the reaction less extreme will give a very welcome buffer to what is a literally a life threatening event.
Most of you let your children participate in sports so it’s critical that you know this. Bear with me, it’ll be fun – and something you want to talk to the coach about.
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Researcher in children’s lying
Are children poor liars? Do you think you can easily detect their lying? Developmental researcher Kang Lee studies what happens physiologically to children when they lie. They do it a lot, starting as young as two years old, and they’re actually really good at it. Lee explains why we should celebrate when kids start to lie and presents new lie-detection technology that could someday reveal our hidden emotions.
Mr. Lee has devoted his career to understanding the development of social cognition and behavior.
With an international team based at the University of Toronto, he investigates the neurological and social basis of emerging social behaviors in young children. His two-pronged research focuses first on how and when children develop the capacity to lie, to detect lies and to feel guilty about it afterwards.
The second focus of Lee’s research is facial recognition, which has led to revelations of when children develop the ability to distinguish races and has helped explain why some people occasionally see Jesus’ face on a piece of toast.
We found that regardless of gender, country, religion, at two years of age, 30 percent lie, 70 percent tell the truth about their transgression. At three years of age, 50 percent lie and 50 percent tell the truth. At four years of age, more than 80 percent lie. And after four years of age, most children lie. So as you can see, lying is really a typical part of development. And some children begin to tell lies as young as two years of age.
Medicine is a profession which responds to human misery by discovery and the innovation of solutions. We’re “hampered” in some ways, of course, by ethical considerations for how we treat humans.
For example we don’t go around concussing peoples heads, removing their limbs with explosions or injecting poisons to see how they damage their developing brains. For that we must wait until people do that to themselves or others – like in war, football… and now open, legalized marijuana use!
Talented Artist – Unusually Giving Performer
However, also doing just what he does, at the same time he’s enjoying performing he shows that he is confident enough in his own talent and position to have no hesitation whatsoever letting others share his limelight. It takes very little of his time, diminishes his own “stardom” not even a little and yet builds up someone else and gives an experience that will fill personal journals for a lifetime – “The day I sang with Josh Grobin.”
Showing a confidant and giving attitude, highly unique to performers of his generation, Josh has a segment in many of his performances where he talks personally with a fan (possibly screened in advance) and sings a few bars with them, of a song they select. On occasion, more often than you’d think, the “amateur” surprises everyone and gives a riveting performance.
To see that kind of kindness in a performer is inspiring — especially to one who notices all types of “parenting” wherever I see it.
Daily medical news, that’s how often it comes across my desk and trying to winnow the fruff while gleaning the critical information for you is a bit time consuming. There are millions of professionals all trying to add their legacy of understanding to the mix of medical care and just one of me.
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The slogan “Back to Sleep” which revolutionized infant sleep methods has been changed to “Safe To Sleep” to broaden its scope and bring other causes of sleep-related infant death “into the fold” for research. Perhaps you already knew that, the slogan has been registered as a trademark of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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A summer injury is best to be avoided if we want to make the most of the sun, fun and time out of school. Fortunately, most all of the common ones are preventable if we are but forewarned and take a few precautions.
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This beleaguered house plant may look like one of yours, it does mine and there are millions of them in households everywhere because of their interesting foliage and color; but, it is one of the seven most common poison plants for kids.
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Pediatric Concussion Management
Getting Back in the “Game”
This video is another one of Dr. Mike Evans productions where he explains in clear language what a concussion is and how it is treated. More specifically how a child should help themselves heal so they can have the best chance of returning to full activity levels – always the goal.
It is an updated version of his previous video (still available) which includes all the new information we’ve learned about the topic over the last several years of player observation and research – and that’s a lot!
You’ll also note that this post adds to the growing collection of articles I’ve written in this series about concussion in children and teens; which not only reflects the fact that concussion makes up a huge percentage of cases of morbidity and death in the US, but that it’s also largely preventable and therefore unnecessary – as well as one of the hottest topics in medical research these days. Give all of them a look-see, the links are in the box below.
[The web site www.allkids.org/ has more information or, better yet, you can contact your own school’s administration for information about your local return to learning policies.]
It’s called Acne Vulgaris, and for most children in the throws of the crisis called Puberty the name pretty much sums up how they feel about it. It is the most common skin disease of any and pretty much hits 80% of us at some time or another.
The issue is that our skin has “pilosebaceous units” all over it, made up of a hair Read more →