Bug of the Month: Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac

Common and Technical Names: Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron rydbergii Poison Oak: Toxicodendron diversilobum Poison Sumac: Toxicodendron vernix Plant Identification: see this link: Cornell Poisonous Plants Information Database) What it is: Allergic reaction to urushiol oil from the poison ivy/oak/sumac leaves. The rhyme “leave three let them be!” can help kids remember to avoid clusters of … [Read more...]

Sparingly & rarely is my advice on OTC med use in kids

Here we go again. Another flu season is barely underway and new concerns emerge on the safety of OTC medication dosing in children. This time, though, not because of a recall or untoward event  but  from a study. Released recently in JAMA, this new study highlights what has been suspected for a while - that dosing in OTC medications is incredibly variable due to inconsistencies from bottle to … [Read more...]

Setting A Good Example For Our Kids

How do you deal with medical “stuff” - tests, news, appointments? Some of us are laid back while others get anxious and uptight. For many, it depends on the circumstance. One thing we can count on, though, our kids will mirror their responses to “medical stuff” after us...a point I don’t think we consider enough, as recent celebrity headlines well illustrate. Take the situation of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s … [Read more...]

A Step in the Right Direction for Prevention!

I'm really liking our new Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. Her focus is spot on with prevention and cost cutting needing to be the guiding principles to get all Americans on the to good, long-term health. In her June, 18, 2010 post "Investing in Prevention", Dr. Benjamin outlined the details of the Affordable Care Act which, she writes, "created a new Prevention and Public Health Fund … [Read more...]