Concerned about allergies? Maybe you should feed your baby some peanut butter

peanuts butterOK, first off that is a delish-looking bowl of peanut butter in this picture.  And I love peanut butter.  Especially on a banana.  Anybody else put peanut butter on bananas?  Or apples?  I put it on both!

Seriously that is some quality peanut butter. But who really makes homemade peanut butter from scratch?  Ha!

But I digress before I’ve even introduced the topic of this post . . .

There is new information about peanut allergies that I think is important to know – especially for parents of young kids.  So this is a post about reducing risk of developing peanut allergies in kids.   Continue reading “Concerned about allergies? Maybe you should feed your baby some peanut butter”

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My dog is a slob: staying upright and avoiding falls (and a patient story)

Before I get started on this post . . .  I have started reading How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, which is the selection for our online Healthy Matters book club.  Check out the recent post about it here and start reading!

Falls

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Zoe needs to clean up her toys

Check out our dog, Zoe.

She is a sweet and happy beast with bad hips and definitely has some issues with staying tidy.  This is a small sampling of her extensive toy collection which is strewn throughout our house.  She’s a slob.

So why am I showing pictures of my dog?

Just imagine yourself in the middle of the night navigating that minefield of toys and dog beds and sleeping dogs and not tripping.  Ugh.  I’m going to talk about falls, mostly in the elderly, but really it could be in anybody.

In this post you will find:

  • Photo evidence of my “research” in the form of an unplanned walk through my own house.
  • A story of a patient for whom a fall was life-changing.
  • Risk factors for falls.
  • Lots of links to great resources and videos.
  • Guidance from experts in fall prevention from the Healthy Matters radio show.
  • Two cools things – a checklist for safety in your own home and video clips which demonstrate the effect of vision on falls.  Check out both of these later in this post

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Book club: start reading “How Doctors Think”

The first timhow doctors thinke I did a book club selection was after I had read a book and I was really excited to share it with you.  That was in March 2016 and the book was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.  If you missed the post about that terrific read, click here.

For the second book in our Healthy Matters book club – and for all future selections – I will post the book before I have read it and hopefully many of you will pick up a copy and read it as well.  Then I hope we can have a good discussion about it -here on the blog, on the radio broadcast, and on Twitter.  I really value using literature, the arts, the humanities, and so forth to help us all think about the practice of medicine.  You can be part of that conversation!

So here’s the book I’d like you to considering reading:  How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman.  Then look for a post on this blog in mid-June in which I hope you will give me your feedback – let’s start an interactive discussion!

Why this book?

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Quick tips: stroke symptoms, swollen legs, and glucose levels

Lots DRH Letterboxof questions from listeners on the show this week and time did not permit me to get to all of them.  So nothing fancy in this post.  Just quick answers on a range of topics from actual listeners.

If you missed the show, the podcast is here (click the logo) for you to listen to on your computer, phone, or whereever:logo_healthy-matters

 

 

Just like on the radio show, I can’t give complete answers to questions here.  Always good to check with your own doctor.  

Here’s how this post will go.  I’ll cover 3 topics in a bit of depth:  swollen legs, blood glucose, and recognizing a stroke.  Although all are important, I really want you to know the symptoms of stroke so I’ll start with that.  At the end I’ll do a few quick “lighting round” questions.  Fasten your seatbelts. Continue reading “Quick tips: stroke symptoms, swollen legs, and glucose levels”

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Skin cancer is as easy as A-B-C . . . and D . . . and E

Melanoma
Melanoma

May is Skin Cancer Month and Monday, May 2 is “Melanoma Monday” so let’s talk about your skin.  You probably have heard many times about many types of illness –  “Catch it early and it is really treatable but catch it late and it’s pretty serious.”  Well, that is really true for skin cancer, particularly the scary one – melanoma.

So knowing a bit about preventing and detecting skin cancer could quite literally save your life.  I hope to give you some tools to do so here.  When preparing for this topic, I found just an enormous amount of information floating around the Internet, most of it quite solid but some of it frankly dangerous in its inaccuracy.  For instance, there are some cringe-worthy sites out there claiming you can cure skin cancer by applying some salve you bought on the Internet.  (No, you can’t).

So I’ll try to limit this to the two key areas of prevention and detection.  We’ll leave treatments and slogo_healthy-matterso forth to another time.   To help, I’ll rely on two of my colleagues who joined me on the Healthy Matters broadcast this week and also point you toward reliable and easy-to-use interactive resources from some trustworthy sources.  Click the logo at left to access the podcast from the radio broadcast.  Maybe listen to it while you are reading this post!
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