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Do you have a child with special health care needs? Are you getting the best care you can?Do you have a child with special health care needs? If so, you know it's not an easy road when it comes to all aspects of life. However it may raise some concerns specifically when it comes to the medical care of your child. Are your child's needs actually being met by your doctor and other health care professionals? What do you need to think about when navigating the health care system and keeping track of various specialists, test results and treatment options? When is it appropriate to involve your child in his or her own health care decision-making? Dr. Jennifer Lail joins Melanie Cole, MS, to help answer all of these questions and more in this informative segment.
Is it safe to work out when you have cancer? Learn which exercises are beneficial and which ones may be harmful.If you have cancer, or are recently in remission, you live with challenges every day. Sometimes, it would be nice just to feel "normal" again. And, perhaps normal for YOU means working out. But is it safe to exercise when you're battling cancer? Which exercises are safe? Which might be harmful and cause further damage? Will working out make you feel better or worse? Special guest, Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, PhD joins Melanie Cole, MS, to go through the exercises that are safe and effective for cancer patients. Schmitz shares how you can use them to feel better and speed your recovery.
Exercise may seem impossible during cancer treatment, but it could speed your recovery.If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may find yourself trying everything you can think of to feel better during treatment. Exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but could it be a mechanism to help your body heal? Working out can actually help you feel better during treatment and possibly help speed your recovery. In this segment of Train Your Body, Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss the ways in which exercise can help prevent breast cancer, aid in your treatment and make you feel better overall.
Tylenol is one of the most common OTC drugs. But even a small amount over the recommended dose can be dangerous.Tylenol, or acetaminophen, is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. However, it can be extremely dangerous. In fact, over 150 people die each year from an acetaminophen overdose. Even as few as 4-8 extra pills a day can do severe harm to your liver and the rest of your body. Acetaminophen is especially dangerous for children, as many of the children formulas for colds and flu contain it. Parents -- to no fault of their own -- often over-medicate, simply due to concern for their little one. The dangers are very real. Special guest, Dr. Gary Goodman, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to share important information about acetaminophen and how you can avoid a deadly overdose.
If you like being outdoors, camping or hiking, you need to know some important tips for "Wilderness Medicine."Outdoor medicine, or "Wilderness Medicine," is important for you to know if you're an avid outdoors person, camper or hiker. Even if you're just a beginner, there are certain things you should know before heading out into the wilderness. For instance, make sure you always bring extra clothes and warm clothes; regardless of the outside temperature. You can suffer from hypothermia, even in the summer. Also, make sure you have plenty of water -- and clean water. Most streams and fresh water sources in our nation are contaminated, and drinking directly from them can cause diarrhea and dehydration. A bandana can be helpful for use as a sling, a tourniquet, and even a wrap for a twisted or broken appendage. For more informative tips like these, join Dr. Dr. Hans House, MD, and Dr. Leigh in this segment of ER 101.
Lightning striking humans is rare, yes. But there can be residual effects, even if you're not directly struck. How can you protect yourself?Getting hit directly by lightning is an extremely rare occurrence. But that doesn't mean that you're out of the woods, so to speak, when it comes to danger from lightning. In fact, even if you're not directly hit, you can still suffer injuries and even death. If lightning strikes near you, it can travel through the ground and up your legs, causing your heart to stop and your breathing to cease. In these cases, if someone is there to perform CPR right away, your are likely to survive. To dispel a myth, if you've been struck by lightning, once you have been struck the energy is gone and you are "safe" to touch. Other effects can include rupturing of your eardrum, lung injuries from the shock wave and burns. So, how can you protect yourself? If you find yourself caught in a lightning storm, you should do is take shelter. A house or other structure is best, but you can also jump in your car or camper. Don't, in any case, take shelter under a tree. In this segment of ER 101, special guest, Dr. Hans House, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to share important information about the real dangers of lightning, as well as tips to avoid being struck.
One question you may ask a victim of domestic abuse is, "Why do you stay?" The answer is much more complicated than you think.The one question you may ask of a victim of domestic abuse is, "Why do you stay?" But the answer is much more complicated than you might think. In fact, there are many reasons why a woman (or man) might stay in an abusive relationship. She may have no place to go, no money saved up, no job. She may fear for the safety of her children and other loved ones, especially if the abuser has made threats of that nature. In essence, she may fear that the situation that will result from leaving will be much worse than the one she is currently in. When a victim leaves, and the batterer loses that power and control, that is when things get really dangerous. It is times like this that you hear the horror stories of shootings in public places, or graphic details of harm or even murder. Fortunately, there are many more resources nowadays to help women get through this process. Women's shelters and other groups are equipped to deal with all the questions, needs and help a victim may need when he or she decides it is time to go. Emergency Rooms can also be a place or respite, as almost all physicians are now trained to recognize the symptoms and signs of abuse. Join special guest, Dr. Diana Fite, MD, as she discusses the many reasons women stay in these harmful situations, and what you can do if you or someone you love is suffering.
An approximate 25% of women have been victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Could you be one of them?October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; but this is a topic that should be on your mind all year long... especially considering that approximately 25% of individuals are suspected to have been a victim of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. This included women and men, although women are more often on the victim side of things. What are some of the clues that you can look for - in either your own relationships or the relationships of your friends and family members, colleagues, or even acquaintances? For one, the victim's partner may express excessive jealousy. Patterns of extremely controlling behavior can be another indicator. Questions of "where have you been?" and even stalking may be a part of this controlling relationship. The batterer may hide behind "excuses" such as drinking, drugs, or stress. But the issue behind abuse is not a loss of control, it's about exerting power and control. Many people believe that abuse is limited mostly to one socioeconomic group, typically the lower class. But the truth is that it can happen to anyone. Fortunately, there is much more awareness these days compared to years ago. Universal screenings in ERs and physician's offices has helped identify victims who may not have spoken up before. In this segment and the following segment, Dr. Diana Fite, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the many considerations surrounding domestic violence and abuse, including who may be affected and where and how to seek help.
Do you feel like you're always running from ballet lessons, to violin lessons, to soccer practice? Maybe your kids are over-scheduled.Do you feel like you are always running from ballet lessons, to violin lessons, to soccer practice, only to get home and have to feed your kids and get them to do their homework? It can seem like a constant struggle, and you may find yourself asking questions like, "Are kids today doing too much?" Or, should they have some downtime... and even time to hang around and watch TV?" So, who is at the root of this "over-scheduling" problem? Are you doing it for them or for YOU? Special guest, Dr. David Hill, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss if today's children are doing too much and how you, as a parent, can wind down and give kids the downtime that they desperately need.
Do you absolutely have to feed your family organic foods? Is the expense even worth it?The nutritional choices you make for your children are crucial, setting the stage for good health and good habits for years to come. If you've heard about the benefits of organic food, you may be wondering if it's worth the extra expense... especially if you're on a budget. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently weighed in on the subject of organic food for the first time, what is most important is that children eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products; whether or not those are conventionally or organically grown. Organic foods do have lower levels of pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria, says Dr. Thomas K. McInerny, president of the AAP. "That may be important for kids because young children are more vulnerable to chemicals, but we simply don't have the scientific evidence to know if the difference will affect a person's health over a lifetime." No matter the size of your budget, you can do your kids a world of good by ensuring they get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Special guest, Dr. Clara Filice, MD, discusses whether or not you should feed your family organic foods; and if not all organic, which ones are important to at least try to incorporate into their diets.
Recent headlines have pointed to the existence of arsenic and other dangerous chemicals in certain foods. Should you be worried?Have you heard the recent rumblings about dangerous chemicals in the food you feed your children? In response to an investigation regarding the arsenic content of rice and rice products, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics is offering guidance to families concerned about the impact of such exposure to their children's health. The AAP advises that parents offer their children a wide variety of foods, including other grains such as oats, wheat and barley, which will decrease their child's exposure to arsenic from rice. Parents commonly feed infants rice cereal as a first food, but other foods are equally acceptable. For instance, finely chopped meat provides a source of iron. Cereals made from other grains may be given first, or vegetable purees. For older children, the advice is the same: a varied diet will decrease a child's exposure to environmental toxins in any one food, while providing a wide variety of nutrients. The AAP will work with the FDA and other federal agencies to limit the use of arsenic and will participate in discussions about decreasing arsenic exposure through food and beverages. Dr. Clara Filice, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the ways in which you can reduce your child's exposure to chemicals in their food. If you're a parent who has questions about your child's nutrition, and the safety of certain foods, you should not miss this segment.
With fewer women having children in their 20s, there's a growing trend for women of all ages to freeze their eggs. Should you?The "traditional" (or, old-fashioned) expectations of women, marriage and bearing children almost seem unheard of these days. It's not that women don't want children; it's just that they don't want them right now. More than ever before, women are career-focused and waiting longer to say both "I do" and "Let's get pregnant." As women age, an estimated 35 to 39 percent report fertility problems. Your eggs become less viable and the challenges of conceiving also increase. So, what can you do if you're just not ready to be a mommy but don't want to lose your window of opportunity? Freezing your eggs might be an option. There are more than 220 American clinics that are offering egg-freezing services. However, the procedure is still fairly new and no more than 500 babies have been born after the eggs have been thawed out. But as your own fertility clock ticks away, panic begins to sink in... should you consider freezing your eggs? Author Sarah Richards, who specializes in writing about health and medicine, discusses the process of egg-freezing, as well as when and why you should decide to freeze your eggs.
Observing how your parents interact could lead to an understanding of your own relationshipsWhen you're a little kid, the best learning tool is through observation within your environment. You pick up what love is, what it means to be a mother, father, spouse, what it means to trust, and how to express emotion. When you see your parents interact, you assume that is how to treat your significant other. But what happens if the parents relationship puts the child in a hostile environment, or if the child has to go through a divorce? As we know, divorce can get ugly. Co-parenting amicably after a divorce or separation is rarely easy, but it give your children the emotional stability needed. How much has your parents' relationship affected the way you handle your relationships later in life? Females who come from divorced parents are 60 percent more likely to get a divorce than females who are part of non-divorced families. Males who have divorced parents are 35 percent more likely to get divorced. Dr. Joseph Shrand is an instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an assistant child psychiatrist on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital explains how your parents communication and habits influence your own relationships.
Learn how to avoid filling a linebacker's pant size but still enjoy yourself while tailgating at your favorite sporting event.Fall means one thing to a lot of people: football season. The average American will spend $100 annually on sports programing and 27 percent of the population will spend 6-10 hours a week watching football. And, the Superbowl is one of the largest viewed sporting events. In February 2013, more than 108 million viewers tuned in for the big game. Not to mention all the college fans that religiously don their team's colors every weekend. Whether you follow college or pro, everyone can agree: tailgating and game-day food (and drinks) are an important part of the experience. Tailgating can be as much fun as the actual game; but if you are trying to diet or watch your weight, it might feel like an entrapment for failure. No matter which way you turn, you can be certain you will see an unlimited amount of hot dogs, bratwurst, burgers, beers and any type of chip imaginable. Accredited member of the American Dietetic Association, author and certified nutritionist, Tanya Zuckerbrot, shares healthier tailgating alternatives that your waistline will thank you for.
According to a recent study, one-third of women aged 18-59 suffer from low sex drive. Is it gone forever?What is keeping you from hitting the sheets with your partner? It's a reoccurring theme: Date night was a huge success; your significant other looks irresistible and is sending you all the signals for wanting to get intimate. You, on the other hand, can't seem to find your sexual desire. You feel too full, too tired, and likely come up with excuses as to why, "tonight just isn't going to happen." If you can't remember the last time that you've wanted to have sex with your mate and feel like your libido is on a roller coaster ride, you're not alone. According to a recent study, one-third of women aged 18-59 suffer from low sex drive. There are many factors that could be contributing to having a diminished sex drive, including stress and certain medications. Clinical sexologist, Dr. Ava Cadell, PhD, DHS, shares the most common sex drive killers and how to bring your sex drive back to life.