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December Health News    Vaccine for Prevention of Mild and Moderate-to-Severe Influenza in Children, New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; 369(26):  2481-91. Children who received a quadrivalent (targeted against 4 specific strains) flu vaccine versus Hepatitis A vaccine (control group) had a 59% less likelihood of contracting influenza.  The study included 5168 children in 8 countries.  The difference…

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If I were writing for the Washington Post Weekend Section, I would give a green “GO” arrow to the Nature’s Best Photo Award exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Since we love the water and have done some scuba diving over the years, the two exhibits about the underwater world – one more informational,…

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What’s been my greatest accomplishment recently? As some of you may have already heard, I completed my first sprint triathlon this past week. Given the difficulties I have had with my legs over the past several years, this event proved more than just a mental or physical challenge – the race was a test of…

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Over the past few months, I’ve seen articles on e-cigarettes frequently in the popular press and in medical journals – so I thought you might like the scoop on this misnamed device. It sounds like a virtual cigarette you might find on the internet, but it’s not. It’s very real, and although it has one…

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Previous Malcolm Gladwell books, Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point, have used psychosocial research to explain little known phenomenon that are often the opposite of what one would expect. His most recent publication, David and Goliath, also focuses on surprising findings from research on the nature of advantages and disadvantages and how so called underdogs can and do succeed. Well written and…

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Recently, Thu came upon a blog post about ten things your daughter should know about working out. Although she doesn’t have a daughter, it caught her eye because it stressed the importance of exercising because it makes you feel good, for the health benefits, and for many other reasons, but not for the goal of fitting…

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At the 2012 London Olympics, almost half of the athletes competing were women. As women’s participation in sports continues to increase, the importance of understanding common women’s health issues in the sports environment becomes more important for all clinicians. Urinary incontinence is an unspoken problem of the female athlete, and of women in general. Here’s…

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At the 2012 London Olympics, almost half of the athletes competing were women. As women’s participation in sports continues to increase, the importance of understanding common women’s health issues in the sports environment becomes more important for all clinicians. Urinary incontinence is an unspoken problem of the female athlete, and of women in general. Here’s…

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