| Posted On Dec 18, 2014 | By:

What’s that Red Bump? 6 Things You Should Know about Rashes

Chances are that your child will develop at least one mysterious bump, welt or break-out in his or her childhood. While common, rashes may not be always benign. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s pediatrician to look at a rash and determine whether treatment (or just observation) is necessary.

Usually, nothing is better than seeing the rash up close and in person; however, I can get clues over the phone to help me determine the possible cause and significance of a rash.

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| Posted On Dec 02, 2014 | By:

Tantrums

Throwing a tantrum is a very normal part of childhood development if it occurs when it’s supposed to. Not all kids will tantrum, but if they do, it typically occurs between 15 months to 3 years of age.  A tantrum is defined as a child reacting emotionally to something he wants and cannot have – it’s associated with screaming, crying, throwing things, biting, and/or hitting. More “exuberant” behavior is when a child throws himself on the floor,

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2014 | By:

Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

The holidays can be the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain a healthy regimen. After all, food is a part of every gathering, and between the parties with co-workers, friends and family, there tends to be a lot of eating involved. It’s not necessary to put a damper on the holiday spirit and completely discourage the food celebration, but whether you’re the one cooking or going to a party,

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| Posted On Nov 13, 2014 | By:

Diaphragmatic Breathing: A Technique to Release Stress

Stress, either to mind or body – a deadline at work, a very bad headache, presenting to a crowd,  chronic pain – often causes very physical reactions: your muscles tense and can even cramp, your heart rate rises, you cannot easily concentrate, and often your breathing becomes faster and shallower.

Diaphragmatic breathing is a style of breathing that can release stress from your body, helping you to calm, relax, and ultimately feel better. 

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| Posted On Oct 15, 2014 | By:

A 21-day Vegan Challenge

Whether you want to improve your overall health, lose weight, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, there are numerous reasons to eat fewer foods that come from animals. If you have thought about this before but didn’t know how to start, take a moment to read this story – I hope it will give you some ideas and inspiration to get started.

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| Posted On Oct 15, 2014 | By:

Talking to Patients about Advanced Care Planning

Talking to seriously ill patients about their prognosis, the trajectory of their illness, and their treatment options can be a difficult conversation for clinicians to initiate. Patients are also uncomfortable proactively sharing their feelings on the topic with their physician or their families.  Because of the silence, there is typically a big gap between what a patient wants and what actually happens.

According to a Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care/Massachusetts AARP survey done in 2005,

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| Posted On Oct 03, 2014 | By:

Baby’s Visit to the Pediatrician’s Office

Given how quickly your baby grows and changes during the first months and years of her life, well child visits with your pediatrician are very important, but as a new parent, you may not know what to expect during your child’s first few visits to the pediatrician.

In the video below, Dr. Eumene Ching, a pediatrician and chief of the pediatrics department at our Cambridge practice, narrates each step of an infant well child visit and explains what your pediatrician is checking – and why – in regards to your baby’s growth and development.

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| Posted On Oct 01, 2014 | By:

Preserving Memory Function as you Age

You lost your car keys twice last week, or you forgot what you needed when you walked into the living room. Are you just having a senior moment, or could it be the beginning of a more serious memory problem?

Experiencing mild forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. As you get older, you may notice that you forget to do a routine task, lose certain items from time to time,

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2014 | By:

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

According to the most recent estimates from the CDC, 29 million American adults and children have Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, and that number has been steadily increasing over the past years.   In addition, an alarming 79 million more individuals have prediabetes, which is diagnosed when your a1c is between 5.7 and 6.4 percent, and your fasting glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl. Unfortunately, prediabetes often progresses to diabetes,

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| Posted On Sep 09, 2014 | By:

Revitalize Your Appearance Simply and Safely

People often ask me if there’s a simple procedure they can try to look younger and more refreshed, but in a very natural way. We’ve all seen haunting images of celebrities who’ve gone a bit overboard with facial plastic surgery treatments, but most people just want to look more energetic or well-rested and not look like they’ve had work done. My answer to patients is “Absolutely!” Depending on your particular trouble spot,

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