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January 02, 2018 | Marianna M. Sockrider, MD, DrPH

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With the winter comes the cold and flu season. Many people have respiratory infections during the winter months, in part because the cold weather and holiday season bring more people together inside. What can be a simple cold for many people, can be very hard on someone with lung or neuromuscular problems such as our children with Rett or MECP2 syndrome.

It is easy to pass on germs by shaking hands, kissing and most of the time germs are...

December 22, 2017 | Ann, mother of patient

At my son's sixth year annual physical with our pediatrician, Dr. Julie Schlegel, I asked her about some unusual behavior my "daughter" was displaying. "She" had recently started refusing to wear her clothes because they were too girly and wanted to shop for clothes in the boys department. She preferred toy weapons and war play rather than typical girl toys and activities. Finally, she would begin each playdate with her friends (mostly boys) by announcing her name was Max or Jake or any other masculine name and stating she was a teenage boy. Additionally...

December 21, 2017 | Jason Thomas, MPAP, PA-C

At the park, at the store, at day care – wherever babies and toddlers are found, it’s becoming a common sight to see youngsters wearing amber teething necklaces. These necklaces consist of multiple round beads strung together on a string around the child’s neck.

While they might look appealing and some parents swear they relieve teething pain, you should never put a necklace on your young child. Strangulation is a serious risk for young children who can easily get something wrapped too tightly around their neck but cannot get it off.

The proponents of amber teething necklaces claim the necklaces relieve teething pain by...

December 19, 2017 | Annie Trostel, Health education specialist

During November and December, families gather together to decorate their homes for the holiday season. Although trees, lights and candles are beautiful and festive, they often pose dangers. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year, emergency departments treated 14,700 injuries related to holiday decorating (that’s about 240 injuries per day). By following the simple tips below, you can help keep your family safe this holiday season.

If you’re buying a live tree, make sure it’s fresh. Fresh trees are green with needles that don’t break when you bend them. Keep your tree watered in a tree stand as dry trees ignite...

December 18, 2017 | Javier Chinen, MD, PhD

Do you or your child have asthma or other lung disease? If so, you and/or your child are at high risk for developing a severe asthma flare up, pneumonia and other complications if you get the flu, as the infection with the Influenza virus is called. Fortunately, there is a way to protect your entire family from the flu, by receiving the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine has shown to reduce the chance of getting sick if you are exposed to this virus. More than that, for those at high risk, including children with asthma, this one vaccine could help prevent a hospitalization.

Below are some Flu and asthma facts from the CDC (Centers for...

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