Antibiotics

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #9 – Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh, Evivo Probiotic for Babies

Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh is a nutritional scientist, speaker, and author with over 15 years of experience in scientific communications and life science research. Prior to serving as the Director of Scientific Communications at Evolve BioSystems, she led both product development and research services at various start-up life science companies, including Lipomics Technologies, Tethys Bioscience and Metabolon, Inc. Dr. Shafizadeh received her PhD in nutritional biology from UC Davis, studying intestinal development and folate metabolism in newborns.

Today, we spend the hour discussing the maternal and infant microbiome with respect to maternal breastmilk, human milk sugars and childhood outcome. Evolve Biosystems has produced a probiotic with excellent science to help guide us in new therapeutic discovery. We head to the beginnings of disease onset when the infant is only starting to take his or her first breaths.

I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh,

Dr. M

 

6 Facts Parents Don’t Know About Pediatric Ear Infections (Archived Pedcast)

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Here are 6 childhood ear infection facts that parents often don’t know. How do I know that many parents don’t know these things you ask… because I’ve been practicing pediatrics for 37 years , that’s how. Let’s test your pediatric ear infection knowledge in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

 

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6 Childhood Ear Infection Facts Parents Often Don’t Know

 

Here are 6 childhood ear infection facts that parents often don’t know. How do I know that many parents don’t know these things you ask… because I’ve been practicing pediatrics for 37 years , that’s how. Let’s test your pediatric ear infection knowledge in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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Who Caused the Childhood Obesity Epidemic? (Pedcast)

 

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I don’t know about you, but I am saddened when I look at many of today’s American children because so many are either overweight or frankly obese. Stop and think about how obesity can fundamentally change a child’s entire childhood. Talk to a very overweight child and you are likely to hear a description of not being chosen to participate in sports with other kids, feeling chronically like a failure, having severe bouts of sadness and guilt, being embarrassed by their bodies, and resenting other children who are normal weight. For many of these overweight children, their childhoods are filled with isolation and shame rather than optimism and joy. Fact: America is now up to 35% of children being overweight, 20% of which are morbidly obese, tripling since 1970! What a tragedy. Continue reading

Grandma Knew, Wash Behind Those Little Ears (Pedcast)

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21st century pediatricians are getting used to being consulted about child health problems in new and unique ways- via email, by way of video calls, and yes, with texts.  So it was the other day when I got a few texts, with photos, about my 9-month-old great nephew’s outer ear and scalp. These texts were sent by my niece, the baby’s mother. Her son had developed some redness behind his ear that looked angry to his mom. Interestingly, the previous week, both his six-year-old brother and mother came down with culture proven strep throat.  Very interesting, now little Elliott has a skin infection behind his ear. Could they be related, my niece asked? Continue reading

Identifying/ Managing Insect Bites (Pedcast)

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DocSmo here with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. From the onesie all the way to the three-piece if it involves kids, we talk about it here. Thanks for joining me today. I’ve got another biking story for you today. You know I’m part of the “Biking friends”, a group of adults and sometimes kids, who go biking weekly to a bakery or a coffee shop. We bike about 25 miles and have lots of interesting conversations along the way. Well, in one of my most recent outings with the group I got to ride along side a teen with a rash. His mom was also riding and she asked me to take a look at his rash that was around his upper arm. Mom’s question for me was should she take him to urgent care or even the emergency department since his spots looked bigger and angrier than they had the day before. His rash was getting worse and she was worried.  I knew the likely outcome of one of those ED or urgent care visits- lots of medications and therapies that are often unnecessary. So let’s break down this young man’s rash a little more in today’s pedcast and give you my thoughts about a how to identify and manage his rash that turned out to be from insect bites. I’ll also tell you what I told this young man to do to care for his rash that turned out to be easy and very inexpensive. Continue reading

Myths and Facts about Strep Throat (Pedcast)

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If you are a regular listener of Portable Practical Pediatrics, you’ve heard me say things like, “From mommy all the way to matriculation”, if it involves children, we talk about it here. That’s my way of saying that I take on a variety of topics in this blog.  Today is no exception. In today’s podcast,  I am going to broaden your understanding of strep infections in children by telling you a story, a story that happened in my family almost a hundred years ago so stay tuned for a very interesting and historical edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading