It’s the same conversation every time … at a party, on the airplane, in line at the grocery store.
A well-meaning stranger asks me, “What do you do?”
I automatically reply, “I develop interventions for grieving kids.”
And then comes the long pause, usually a look of genuine concern, and then, “Wow. I don’t know how you do that. Must be so depressing.”
To some extent, this is true. Recognizing that children and adolescents, right here in our own backyard, are experiencing devastating events on a daily basis is depressing. Especially in light of the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, these events are...
What are nurse practitioners?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advance practice registered nurses who have acquired the essential knowledge and decision-making skills to diagnose, treat and provide evidence-based care and education to patients and families. NPs complete a master's or doctoral degree program that includes didactic (classroom) and clinical courses which allow us to practice in primary and acute care settings. As NPs, we fulfill a needed role in health care, using our training and skills to promote the health and ongoing well-being of our patients. Becoming an NP includes undergoing a rigorous national certification and...
The flu shot can give you the flu
The flu vaccine contains a killed virus, so it is not possible to get infected and “catch the flu” from the shot.
Symptoms commonly associated with the vaccine include soreness at the injection site, generalized achiness, and possibly low-grade fever following the injection which are due to your body’s immune reaction to the vaccine. These symptoms are actually indicating that your immune system has been primed to fight off the influenza virus should you be exposed to it.
You don’t need a flu shot this year if you got one last year
There are multiple strains of...
It was trending on social media and is one of the top-streamed show in the history of Netflix. It’s likely your teen has seen or at least mentioned discussions of the show “13 Reasons Why.” The show portrays an adolescent female’s experience of bullying, harassment, lack of social support and hopelessness that ends in her decision to take her own life. Although the show has received both praise and criticism, there is no denying it has brought the topic of teen suicide into public focus and left many parents wondering, “Should my teen be watching this?”
Understandably, for many parents, the word “suicide” is fraught with anxiety and...
What is tuberculosis (TB)?
TB is a chronic pulmonary disease caused by infection with a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is primarily spread through droplets coughed or breathed into the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect the lymph nodes, spine, brain or any other part of the body.
There is a difference between being infected with the TB bacterium and having active disease.
What are the three stages of TB?
- Exposure is when a person has been exposed to – or shared the air with – another person who might have TB. The exposed person will have a negative skin test, normal...