I have just turned on my computer. It is midnight. I should be trying to sleep right now. My 5-year-old is sick and I am on call for the next few nights. Fortunately, my daughter should get better in a day or two. She needs Tylenol for her fever, mama’s love and time to kick this virus. But as I sat in bed holding her and waiting for her fever to break, ...

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Walking parents through the decision to vaccinate their children is a conversation. The vast majority of the time it is an easy conversation. Sometimes it is difficult. If the conversation goes like this, then we, as doctors aren’t doing our jobs: Pediatrician: “Are you going to vaccinate your child?” Parent: “No.” Pediatrician: “Get out of my office.” The medical community has lost a lot of ground on communicating the necessity of vaccines. For years, we told ...

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Our 13-year-old woke up feeling lousy two days ago. He had a sore throat and sinus pressure, and felt really tired and generally icky. He didn’t look toxic -- just a little tired. I gave him a zinc lozenge and told him to get ready for school -- a method that generally can tease out exactly how bad one of my kids feels. He just sat at the table. We generally ...

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Recently I reviewed my son's high school essay on To Kill A Mockingbird. I was surprised and pleased to rediscover, or perhaps discover for the first time now that I was viewing it from the perspective of over 50 years of life experience, the profound wisdom of the book. In one of the novel's most famous quotes, Atticus tell his daughter Scout, "you never really understand a person until you consider things ...

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Here’s a question I’m almost afraid to ask: when you go to a doctor (not one you see all the time), does the doctor usually introduce himself (or herself) and explain what they are there to do? And, do they sit down? I really hope that you are answering yes ... but I know that the answer is often no. In a study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, researchers observed 29 ...

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On December 4th, 2013, Katie Couric gave the HPV vaccine center stage during a segment on her talk show, Katie. The segment, entitled “The HPV Controversy,” was 20 minutes long, but ignited a digital firestorm between pro- and anti-vaccine voices that raged for days after the stage lights went dark. In partnership with Global Prairie, the entire online conversation surrounding this Katie segment was digitally captured using DataFarm. ...

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Doctors are tough critics -- as well they should be. The news that CVS Caremark pharmacies will no longer sell tobacco brought about quite a bit of rapid online dialogue. Even President Obama chimed-in with praise, a response that some in the business world say is worth billions for CVS. Having a good reputation, particularly when you’re in the business of delivering health care and lending health advice, seems essential. In my ...

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The flu, RSV, colds, croup, strep throat, ear infections. They all have one thing in common: they can cause fevers. And as any parent can attest to, it’s often the fever itself that freaks us out more than anything and prompts many parents to call their child’s pediatrician or hustle them off to the emergency room. Fever is clearly not a parent’s friend. Or is it? You might be surprised to know, that ...

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When it comes to the parts of parenthood that people dread, well, there’s so much to choose from. There are poopy diapers. Vomit. Tantrums. Nasty teenagers. But all of that pales in comparison with … The Talk. The talk about sex, that is. Nobody wants to talk to their kids about sex. Nobody wants to think about their kids having sex -- the same way nobody likes to think about their parents ...

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When, a couple times each year, dozens of our county teenagers train to become EMTs, they know they are taking on a challenging, heavy responsibility. But probably none of them are ready for the kind of horrible death our community experienced a week ago, when a 15-year-old-girl walking home from school in Rockville was struck and killed in a crash involving two cars that news reports say may have been ...

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