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Mythbusters: Does This Cause Cancer?

Merely “living life” these days has become something like walking through a mine field just trying to exist and avoid all the known pitfalls to your basic health – UV, asbestos, benzene and on and on.

We just get rid of tobacco and the horses’ proctums weasel in E-Cigaretts through Read more →

Return to Learning after Concussion

Return to Learning
Following a Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which doesn’t show up on an MRI or CT scan. Therefore, even though there is no apparent structural damage there often is significant damage to the brains ability to do its work (functional/process damage).

The student athlete shown in the video was surprised about how substantially his memory and other skills were shown to have diminished following his concussion. As it turns out the treatment of his “physical injuries” were actually less significant than what needed to be done to completely “make him better.”

Both physical and cognitive rest is essential to allow the brain to heal. While return to play protocols are mandated by the Florida High School Athletic Association (and other entities), return-to-learning policies are established by local school districts and even vary between different areas of the same state – or schools within the same district (if they have them at all).

This video highlights the effects of TBI-concussion and the importance of returning to learning in a structured manner. The web site has more information or, better yet, you can contact your own school’s administration for information about your local return to learning policies.


Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents

Concussion 101
a Primer For Kids and Parents

The “Concussions 101” title is used by Dr. Mike Evans for his short video because it covers the basic information that kids and their parents need to understand when they’ve had a concussion – sort of like the “101” courses you take in college do.

Dr. Evans is a “family practitioner” – [we pediatricians don’t hold that against him] – who has a way with little video segments and has “hit the nail on the head”[oops, poor analogy, sorry] – with this short summary.

Oh, this is not the complicated medical stuff that we doctors worry about; it’s merely three of the things which are sometimes considered so “simple” that nobody thinks to talk to you about them!

  1. We don’t wanna make things worse – we follow “return to activity” protocols to prevent life-long secondary damage.
  2. We can’t predict from the beginning what will happen or how you will do – “we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”
  3. Communication – people presume you’re ok because they can’t see your brain; so, you need to be clear and honest about how you’re feeling.

Your brain is You. Everything you’ve gotten good at is stored in there; all your memories, all your skills for figuring things out for school or life are built into your brain.

Take care of your awesome brain after your concussion!

Pediatric Brain Injury – Improved Outcome With Early Nutrition

Ok, this is technically just bizarre and I’m not sure how to really present it; BUT, this issue about brain injury is just so compelling and important (if it’s true) that it clearly must not go unsaid.

The bizarreness comes because a “back-door” finding in a “brain injury and hypothermia” study showed a substantial finding about an “un-related” issue: feeding!
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Talking To Girls About Menstruation

Talking To Girls About Periods, Menstruation and Hygiene
Being “period positive”

It’s been so long ago now that most current young parents probably don’t even remember all the fal-de-rah that occurred in this country (US) back when “sex-education” was introduced into the official school curriculum.

Now it’s so official in the U.S. school system that most everywhere it has changed from the original “opt-in” side-bar to a teachers lesson plan into a fully-integrated, several-day portion of the curriculum only avoided by taking “opt-out” methods through official protocols.

Completely leaving out parental rights and religious issues, not discussing puberty issues with children robs them of a chance to prepare, avoid embarrassment and, as in the case of menstruation, take steps to practice adequate menstrual hygiene and avoid illness and serious complications.

Aditi Gupta, a native of India, knows all too well these current issues and described them in her current TED talk revealing that three out of ten Indian girls still don’t know about the issue at the time of their own first period. “In some areas,” she said, “it’s as high as 9 out of 10!”

Her talk was about what she and others are currently doing to break the taboo and destructive customs in her home country and around the developing world.

She advises parents that: “if YOU are ashamed about your period then your daughter will be too. Be ‘period positive’.”

Teens, Doctors, Texting and Medical Care

Most of my generation’s doctors almost never text, especially about patients and their medical problems; On the other hand, it seems that teens never quit texting. Is there a land somewhere in the middle where a use for texting lives with doctors and patient care? Yep!
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The Single Best Health Drink: Water

The “health drink” industry tops billions of dollars each year of our money; but, very little of it is the best there is. And the best there is needs only to cost you very little if anything – and doesn’t come in a package of any kind, especially those that depend on the oil or chemical industry.

Watching this video will show just how available this drink is, how little it costs and how much it will help your body.

Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumor

How long has it been now since there was a big deal made by the press about cell phone use causing cancer? Ten years? More? I honestly don’t remember; but, it’s been quite awhile. And what was the Answer? Did they ever say?
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Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?

Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy – including lately antibiotics and what we do when they don’t work anymore. She is a Senior Fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, a research affiliate at MIT, a frequent radio and TV guest, and a TED speaker.

Her harrowing stories of hunting down anthrax with the CDC and chronicle of antibiotic-resistant staph infections in “Superbugs” earned her nicknames among her colleagues; but she continues to blog and write about the history of epidemics and the public health challenges posed by factory farming.

In this TED talk McKenna discusses how antibiotics we have long counted upon to kill deadly bacteria are no longer effective and what we have done (are doing) to make that so. She discloses her warnings about what we need to do now to mitigate the damage already done and how to use our “antibiotics” in the future.

President’s Day and Doctors

Doctors and The President have always had an interesting relationship. Each president, like all of you, has sought a physicians help while in office – clear back to the 1800’s when President George Washington had a boil on his hip lanced; so, there is usually a “first doctor.”
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Where Does The Fat Go When You Loose Weight?

Ruben Meerman is a reporter on ABC television’s Catalyst program and Play School’s first ever ‘resident scientist’. Young audiences know him as the ABC’s Surfing Scientist through his books and television science demonstrations. Ruben’s scientific career began as a physicist, producing optical coatings for industrial, medical and military lasers. He eventually found his true calling in schools and kindergartens, where he brings science to life for children. He is passionate about literacy, numeracy, science education and public schools… and (safe) explosions!