November 24, 2013 |
In more than 40 years as a pediatrician, I've worked in the military, in a small private practice and in a large multi-specialty group. And I've seen huge changes, both in administrative practices and in treatment protocols. Many of the changes have been just short of miraculous. When I was training to be a pediatrician in the late 1960s and early '70s, I visited wards filled with cases of childhood meningitis - a very serious condition that can lead to death or lifelong neurological complications.
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September 20, 2013 |
A Monterey Park pediatrician is accused of doling out prescription-strength diet pills to adults who had no legitimate need for the drug, according to an indictment unsealed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dr. Thomas Lin, who operates a pediatrics clinic on Atlantic Boulevard known as “Kid's M.D.,” is accused of illegally prescribing and dispensing a potent stimulant called Phentermine. Two of Lin's employees were also named in the 55-count indictment. Lin could not immediately be reached for comment.
April 29, 2013 |
The nation's pediatricians have some advice for expectant parents who are considering giving birth to their child at home: Don't. Home birth is not very common in the United States - fewer than 1% of babies are born outside of a medical setting on purpose. But among a certain subset of white women, it's becoming a trendy thing to do. In 2009, 1 out of every 90 babies born to white mothers was born at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate was 36% higher than in 2004.
April 22, 2013 |
It seems harmless enough, swallowing a little spoonful of a lovely spice like cinnamon, but the so-called cinnamon challenge, as millions of YouTube viewers know, is not a pleasant gustatory experience. In clip after clip on the Internet, someone - often a teenager - ingests a tablespoon of the stuff, without drinking fluids, within 60 seconds. A burning sensation triggers the gag reflex. Coughing and sputtering ensues. A cloud of brown powder surges toward the camera. Most people who try it recover quickly.
April 21, 2013 |
BOSTON - The first victim the doctor approached was a slender young woman, her legs exposed and bloody where she fell after the explosions: at the edge of Boylston Street near a mangled stroller and toppled barricades. Dr. Natalie Stavas performed CPR with the help of a stranger until paramedics arrived and loaded the woman, still unresponsive, onto a backboard and headed for the hospital. Stavas, 32, had been near the finish of the Boston Marathon herself. She was covered in sweat and Gatorade, shivering, with numbness descending into her legs.
March 21, 2013 |
The influential American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended legalizing gay marriage on the grounds that it fosters the good health and well-being of children. In a policy statement released Thursday, the AAP declared that "scientific evidence affirms that children have similar developmental and emotional needs and receive similar parenting whether they are raised by parents of the same or different genders. " It wasn't the gender of the child's parents that affected their health as much as it was the child's relationship with their parents, and the parents' relationship with each other, the statement said.