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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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,
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
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