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Health Is a Creative Process

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 7:49 PM

One of my staff members recently observed me going from room to room, seeing patients in my pediatric practice, without paper and without a laptop. This is my usual routine. I must have seen three or four kids in a row that afternoon when she asked me how I seemed...

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The 'Rx Life' Solution

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:34 PM

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
-- attributed to Albert Einstein

The Problem: Americans are sicker than ever before, and despite throwing tons of money at the problem, we continue to be sicker than citizens of most other affluent...

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Buzzed: Energy Drinks + Stimulants = PEDs of Choice?

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 8:02 PM

Teens and young adults are increasingly self-medicating with a combination of caffeine, stimulant medications and alcohol, and it seems that energy drinks -- at times mixed with other substances -- have become the performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) of choice. Two recent Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports from the U.S. Substance...

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High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:35 PM

At best, technology supports and improves human life; at its worst, it alienates, isolates, distorts and destroys. -- John Naisbitt, author of High Tech, High Touch

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that...

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'Let Them Read Books': Stories as Stress-Busters

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 6:44 PM

Stress is everywhere. Most recent estimates are that 1 in 4 teens are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. We've seen these numbers explode in recent years following traumatic weather disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Along with poverty, food insecurity and pollution, stress is a major environmental factor...

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'I'm From Jersey': A Pediatrician's Reflections on Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:37 AM

I am lucky and I know it. Days after the worst storm in my lifetime devastated huge sections of the New Jersey coast as well as local communities along various rivers, I have the luxury of sitting in my generator-powered living room, writing. My family is safe and warm, and...

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The Last Well Child

(6) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Q: "What is a well person?"
A: "A well person is a patient who has not been completely worked up."

As I enter the exam room, a smiling 10-year-old boy greets me. Pete, my last patient of a long day, is here for his annual well visit. I chat...

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Does America Really Want Change?

(23) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Twenty years ago, in order to keep presidential candidate Bill Clinton's campaign on message, James Carville hung a sign in their "war room" that read:

  1. Change vs. more of the same
  2. The economy, stupid
  3. Don't forget health care

While point number two swiftly entered the national vernacular, the other...

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