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Heat Related Illness

The risk of heat related illness increases as the summer gets hotter and kids start participating in sports tryouts. The combination of bulky, heat-trapping athletic equipment, hot and humid weather, and inadequate fluid intake combine to put our athletes at risk. It is crucial that we educate ourselves and our family members in recognizing the […]

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Pre-Participation Screening of Young Athletes

It’s that time of year again when student athletes all over Atlanta are scrambling to get their “sport’s physical”, which is a requirement to be eligible for practice and game participation. Like most other parents, I have waited until the last minute to obtain this seemingly low priority “clearance” for my child who is otherwise […]

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Poison Ivy & Swimmers Ear

Two common summer illnesses are Swimmer’s Ear and Poison Ivy. Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal. A moist ear canal, from swimming or showering for example, creates an ideal environment for bacteria or fungi to grow and inflame the canal. Typical symptoms are pain in the ear, pain with moving the ear […]

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Fad Diets

Paleolithic diet? Low fat? Atkins? Mediterranean? Confused? You are not alone. There are many diets out there, some are traditionally associated with “fads”, some have been endorsed by the FDA, and some are science / study based (at least in part). Let’s sort through some of the evidence and review 3 of the main diet […]

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Norovirus: The Vomiting Bug

The “Vomiting Bug” is going around. If you’ve been having episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, chances are it is related to Norovirus. It is one of the leading causes of vomiting and diarrhea in the U.S. and is the most common cause of epidemic gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”) worldwide. Norovirus is highly contagious and easily transmitted […]

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Heat Related Illness

Can the heat kill us? Yes. Our minds and bodies thrive in a very narrow range of temperature. It does not take much to put these delicate processes in danger. As little as a 5% increase in core temperature to 103 degrees puts us at high risk for serious heat related injury. At 105 and […]

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Concussion Management

If you or a loved one play sports, it is vital to understand what a concussion is, how it presents, and what to do about it, as millions of Americans will suffer a concussion every year. This article will go into detail regarding the symptoms of concussion and discuss “red flag” symptoms to watch out […]

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Sports Physicals

Pre-Participation Screening of Young Athletes It’s that time of year again when student athletes all over Atlanta are scrambling to get their “sports physical”, which is a requirement to be eligible for practice and game participation. Like most other parents, I have waited until the last minute to obtain this seemingly low priority “clearance” for […]

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Low Carb Diets

Paleolithic diet? Low fat? Atkins? Mediterranean? Confused? You are not alone. Let’s sort through some of the evidence and review 3 of the most studied diets: Low Fat, Mediterranean, and Low Carbohydrate. Low fat diets, though traditionally recommended, have shown mixed to negative results. The Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial, a large 49,000 patient […]

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It’s Allergy Season In Atlanta

The fine layer of pollen dusting our car signals the start of spring and, for many of us, the start of allergy season. There are predictions for a particularly bad season this year because of the warm, wet winter we had, as well as an earlier peak to the season. Seasonal allergies can cause significant […]

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Fad Diets

When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage in fad diets or quick weight lost schemes. We all want to feel good about the way we look, but short cut diets limit your nutritional intake and fail in the long run. Being healthy is not just about losing excess pounds, but balancing the […]

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Dehydration

Many of us know the dizziness, fatigue, and cramping that come with being dehydrated or volume depleted. Understanding why dehydration occurs and how to recognize it in our family members is more difficult. As winter approaches, this becomes increasingly important as causes of dehydration including norovirus, “stomach flu”, and “regular” flu, become more prevalent. The […]

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