For years, products containing acetaminophen, such as the pain reliever Tylenol, were largely viewed as safe to take during pregnancy. Hundreds of widely available over-the-counter remedies, including popular cold, cough, and flu products, contain acetaminophen. Not surprisingly, some 65% of women in the US report taking it during pregnancy to relieve a headache or to… Continue reading Is a common pain reliever safe during pregnancy?
Gastroparesis: A slow-emptying stomach can cause nausea and vomiting
If you have a daily commute, a backup of traffic or road work may delay you, but you’ll eventually reach your destination. Gastroparesis, a digestive condition, can be imagined as a slowed commute through the stomach. But the delay involved can cause uncomfortable symptoms, and may have other health consequences that can affect nutrition and… Continue reading Gastroparesis: A slow-emptying stomach can cause nausea and vomiting
Preventing preeclampsia may be as simple as taking an aspirin
Preeclampsia is a common and dangerous complication of pregnancy that causes high blood pressure and excess protein in urine. Typically, it occurs during the third trimester or very soon after birth, but there may be a simple way to help prevent it. If you’re pregnant, preeclampsia can cause kidney and liver abnormalities, blood clotting problems,… Continue reading Preventing preeclampsia may be as simple as taking an aspirin
Why is topical vitamin C important for skin health?
Topical vitamin C is a science-backed, dermatologist-favorite ingredient that may help slow early skin aging, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it fights harmful free radicals (toxins) that come in contact with your skin from external sources like air pollution, or from… Continue reading Why is topical vitamin C important for skin health?
How to get your child to put away toys
If you frequently find yourself stepping on a building block, tripping over a doll, or stumbling over a race car, then you know the challenges of getting younger children to put away their toys. Below are a few strategies to encourage children to clean up after themselves and keep the house tidy. Make specific and… Continue reading How to get your child to put away toys
What happened to trusting medical experts?
In all aspects of our lives, we rely on experts, from home repairs to weather forecasting to food safety, and just about everything else that’s part of modern society. There’s just no way to know everything about everything. Yet when it comes to medicine, people seem to be taking their health in their hands in… Continue reading What happened to trusting medical experts?
A conversation about reducing the harms of social media
Editor's note: In this blog post, Dr. Sharon Levy interviews her son Isaiah Levy, a college student. We appreciate Isaiah’s insights and comments on social media's impact on teens and young adults. It is hard to remember (or for younger people, hard to imagine) a world without social media, but indeed such a world once… Continue reading A conversation about reducing the harms of social media
Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11?
Last week, the FDA authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. After conducting their own review, the CDC now recommends this vaccine for children in this age range, who can begin receiving their first dose within the week. While many families have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity for their children to… Continue reading Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11?
Stuttering in children: How parents can help
When a child starts to stutter, it can be alarming for parents. But most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about. Stuttering is very common. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 5% to 10% of all children stutter at some point, usually between 2 and 6… Continue reading Stuttering in children: How parents can help
Careful! Health news headlines can be deceiving
Ever read a headline that catches your eye but then found the story itself disappointing? Or worse, did you feel that the dramatic headline was utterly misleading? Yeah, me too. The impact of a well-crafted headline can be big. We often skim the headlines, then decide whether or not to read on. Previously, I’ve written… Continue reading Careful! Health news headlines can be deceiving