There is a new emerging health threat to our children: nicotine poisoning. The number of nicotine exposures in children reported to the National Poison Data System has more than tripled in the last year. Here’s the fact every parent should know: 1 tablespoon of nicotine oil can be lethal to a 60-pound child! When doctors were campaigning against tobacco companies through public health legislation, we did not foresee a resultant new market for ...

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As a parent, my words to and about my child will probably be one of the single most influential aspects of their development. Children learn to see themselves through their parents’ eyes, and what we tell them they are, they are likely to become. The labels we place on them often tend to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’ve seen this play out in my own life and in the lives of ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, June 20, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. The Uninsured: 33 Million and Counting. In the last full year before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, more than 33 million Americans had been without health insurance for more than a year, according to CDC survey.
  2. Gross Anatomy: A Real Twisted Heart. It's nothing but heartache for ...

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Painful wait times at the doctor’s office.  It’s an old story with few exceptions. As a dad, I have to deal with many of the same issues of parenting that you deal with: sleepless nights , fevers and holding my kids down for shots (my wife did it once, I think, then she promptly retired from this job).  However, waiting at the pediatrician is not something I have to do.  So, I can’t truly empathize ...

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This quarter of medical school has by far been my favorite, because almost everything we do has an explicit clinical correlation. Each week we work in small groups of 10 or so students to go over patient cases, practice respiratory and cardiovascular (our two organ blocks this quarter) physical exam skills, and interface with real patients in the hospital. These experiences have been both exciting and humbling, and two in ...

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I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories. When my sister and I were little, we had an almost daily ritual with my father: drawing stories. He would sit us on his lap and get out his clipboard, a piece of paper and his black click pen. He'd divide the paper into four parts, and draw as he told a story. Sometimes he drew old favorites and we knew what ...

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ZDoggMD returns in the next episode of his web series, Dr. House of Cards.  He navigates an interaction with an "anti-vaccine mother" in a family medicine clinic, Frank Underwood-style.  At the 2:11 mark, watch how he reframes the conflict and goes on the offensive. For more Dr. House of Cards, check out the first episode.

Dr. Bob Sears deserves blame for declining vaccination rates Measles is on its way to an all time high. In 2000, measles was eliminated (meaning some travelers from areas with low vaccine penetration might arrive in the U.S. with the disease, but no case came from U.S.), but has been slowly creeping back. Since 2008, this has been more than a trickle. Let’s put the important goal of measles elimination in perspective. Before ...

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Criticizing The Fault in Our Stars does childhood cancer a disservice A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn’t be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind “are things that we don’t typically encounter.” “I think the important thing to realize is that cancer in children is highly treatable and ultimately curable,” Dr. Charles Hemenway of Loyola University said in HemOnc Today, in response to the movie ...

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Applying the anti vaccine mentality to car seats What if a big TV station came out with a blockbuster story claiming that infant car seats were implicated in cerebral palsy (CP)? After all, something like 99.7% of babies diagnosed with cerebral palsy had been brought home from the hospital in a car seat. In fact, every single time they went anywhere in a car, they were strapped into them. That’s ...

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