2015 Lessons Learned about Measles (Pedcast)

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Today I thought it would be useful and informative to review what we have learned in 2015 about a very old but still important disease, measles. I think that the resurgence of measles in 2015, reminds us about why it is important for us, as a society, to stay the course with respect to requiring and giving vaccines.  I hope after listening to today’s pedcast, you will agree.  As I like to say, “We don’t have to touch the hot stove, to find out that it still hurts” so to speak!  So sit back and crank up your mp3 player for an important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Practical Screen Time Advice (Pedcast)

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Dr. Paul Smolen here, also known as Doc Smo, coming at you with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. From the womb to the workplace, if it involves children, we talk about it here. Boy, you can find some fascinating stuff in a stogy pediatric journal. The other day I was reading my copy of Pediatrics and I came across an article that I thought you might be interested to hear about and may possibly be very meaningful to your parenting. The article talked about the brain activation that goes on in a child’s brain when they are stimulated by storytelling or being reading to. This is an important subject in today’s electronic rich environment where exposure to screens has begun to substitute for the storytelling/reading experiences of the past. So, let’s explore that subject a little today, shall we? Continue reading

New Era of Minimal Treatment (Pedcast)

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The other day I was thinking about how recommended therapies, also known as the “standard of care”, have changed during my pediatric career for routine illness. It struck me that we have entered an era of minimalism with regards to treatment. It seems to me that medicine has aged into middle age, no longer eager to “treat” every condition with a therapy, assuming that medical science was smarter than mother nature. I think that concept is passe. No, we have entered an era where interventionism is out and natural healing is in. Hence the rise of integrated medicine, homeopathic medicines, nutritional and aroma therapies.  Let me give you a few examples of how previously recommended treatments have changed during my pediatric career and I think you will see what I am talking about. Let’s start with a short list of health problems pediatricians are frequently consulted about and I think you will see what I am talking about.

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Interesting Conversations with Parents March 2016 (Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics, home of pedcasts. From the womb to the W-2, if the subject involves children, we take it on here. A few months ago i started a new series of pedcasts I call”Interesting Conversations with Parents” and I must say, these posts have been particularly popular with my listeners. The parents of the children I take care are so interesting, curious, and informed and they bring up the most interesting things in our time at the office–they never cease to amaze me and i must share some of these conversatins.  In today’s pedcast, I going to bring a few more of the recent “Interesting conversations” I have had with parents in the past month. So, sit back and enjoy the conversation.

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