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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It’s time again for bronchiolitis, which usually comes in winter through spring. In some ways this problem is similar to asthma, but in other important ways it is very different. With winter upon us it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with this common entity. There is a reliable seasonal arrival of the virus we call RSV, the chief cause of bronchiolitis. The letters stand for respiratory syncytial virus, a description ...

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Ron was puzzled. He had been a mechanic for many years, and had known Ms. McCarthy through two previous vehicles. But what could he say to a request like this? “I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to do it this way. What’s the harm?” The mother of two seemed sincere and earnest. Ron knew she wanted to take good care of her car, and the kids who rode with her ...

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For many of my out-of-school hours as a child, no adult had any idea what I was doing. This has everything to do with who I am today, in some remarkably good ways. As a parent, I can’t help but wince at the lack of supervision I received, especially given what my friends and I did. We spent hours in really tall fir trees, pretending they were houses. I lived on Long ...

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Gastroenteritis, often called “stomach flu,” is common in children. It has nothing to do with influenza, the “true flu,” which is caused by a respiratory virus. Gastroenteritis is caused by a different set of viruses. These viruses are generally transmitted by what physicians call the fecal-oral route, which sounds kind of gross. What we mean by that term is that the bug is in our intestinal tract and gets on our ...

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A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that conversations about sexual health between a health provider and a teen patient are shockingly short (less than 40 seconds), full of bland yes/no answers, and more likely to occur if the patient is older. The research has put a glaring light on the need for better sex education opportunities during routine teen health visits. I believe all teenagers deserve ...

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As a physician, not a day goes by without a new acronym I need to look up, a new policy I need to follow, another box I need to click or another criteria I need to meet -- and this is just to keep up. While the health care picture and its various unknowns loom ever larger in the news, and health information emails overstuff my inbox, it is worth ...

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As an orthopedic surgeon, I’m acutely aware of the data and conversations surrounding sports-induced concussions, particularly in football. Encouragingly, the medical community is experimenting with proper treatment, diagnosis, and assessing the long-term effects of concussions; recently the NIH announced details of how it would begin using a sizable grant from the NFL for just this purpose. Yet preventing them continues to be a challenge not just at the professional athlete ...

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