Sunday, March 29, 2020

Health Link

High on Sugar


Our brains run on glucose. To keep glu­cose constantly available in the blood re­quires an elaborate system of checks and balances. Insulin tells the cells of the liver, muscles and fat to take glucose away from the blood. The liver also makes and releases glucose, so when we have a meal, insulin also tells it to stop production.

Insulin production

Nursemaid’s Elbow

One of the nicest milestones in a baby’s life, and in a parents’ life, is when a child starts to walk. This is of course ac­complished in small increments that lead to walking. At first a child sits unsupported; this is followed by crawling, then standing. Most of the time, this act is repeated many times. The child will eventually stand and cruise around by

Newborns and the Immune System

While working at Bellevue Hospital during my training in pediatrics, I was exposed to many dif­ferent cultures. I treated babies with parents from all around the globe and learned how different we all are and how similar we are. I heard many old wives’ tales, some founded on reason and later proven by science; some never worked and sounded ab­surd to my Western

Tisha B’Av, Negative Emotions, and Coping

Over the past month we have been confront­ed by tremendous sad­ness. It feels as if pain and sorrow have blanket­ed our nation; we have come together to support one another, to dry one another’s tears and hope to provide some comfort and joy. This has been a month of fear and unease, a month that I hope ends swiftly.

It seems that when we experience pain,


According to the Centers for Disease Con­trol, 20% of Americans suffer from one or more allergies including environmental, food, med­icine, and insect-related allergies. Addition­al data show that allergies limit activities for more than 40% of children and account for more than 17 million outpatient office vis­its annually, and that food allergies cause 30,000

Tips for Managing Stress in Your Life

StatePoint—Stress is not only unpleasant; it can be overwhelming, ultimately preventing you from solving the problems that caused the stress in the first place. But getting focused can help you feel happier and be more successful professionally, financially and in your relationships, say experts.

“Rather than living with fear or regret, you can turn your

The Spice Is Right

As the Food and Drug Administration attempts to lower salt (which is about 40% sodium) intake for the population, consumers will be splashed with a wake-up call about the amount of salt we really ingest. The average American takes in about 3,400 mg, or 1 ½ teaspoons, of sodium per day, a big jump from the maximal intake of 2,300 mg per day we really

Tips to Keep Kids Eating Healthy this Summer

StatePoint—A change of routine can be an excuse for bad eating habits. But don`t let your family’s well-balanced meals take a vacation this summer.

“Summer break is an opportunity to spend time with your kids and help them understand the importance of healthful eating,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the

Back to Basics: What Is a Binge Really?

“What do you guys think of when I say eating disorders?” is a question I generally raise when I speak in schools and various institutions. The response? Anorexia. Thin. Skeletons.

More often than not the answers I receive relate in some way to anorexia, the “better known” eating disorder. When I ask the audience about the other eating disorders, their

Behind the Scenes of an Exercise DVD

The workout routines were set and practiced. Now we were ready to record. What follows is Part II of an article (following Part I last week) about the adventures of making an exercise DVD; this one in particular, designed exclusively for frum Jewish men.

Those who know me are always surprised to learn that, despite my big mouth, I’m not really an extrovert,

Breastfeeding Challenges and Solutions

The birth of a child is always a great event and life-changing for most. Most often new parents are unprepared to face the challenges of parenthood. New mothers are often fatigued and have anxiety about doing things “right.” One of the first tasks as a new mother is to feed the child. Pediatricians are all in agreement that breast milk is best for the child and

Rashes/Poison Ivy

One of the most fre­quent complaints of chil­dren brought to an emer­gency room or urgent care facility is rashes. While most rashes are benign and need mini­mal intervention there are some that are very dangerous and need immediate medical care.

The first rule of thumb that I use when a parent calls to say that a child has a rash is that rashes