Have you ever wondered what influence children have on parents? Every book I have read about parenting was always about how to be a better parent and how to influence children for the better. This book illustrates many of the effects that children have on parents through each stage of life. It discusses research on the parent-child relationship…

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1.  Did you know that if you’re taking St John’s Wort and hormonal contraception (birth control pills, implantable contraceptives…), you might be at a higher risk for an unplanned pregnancy?  St John’s Wort is an herbal remedy used mostly for symptoms of mild depression.  The UK Medicinal Products and Healthcare Regulatory Agency reported unplanned pregnancies…

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Two weeks ago, needing a Hepatitis A vaccine injection, I went to the office of Dr. O’Connor, a family practitioner in Rockville and a fellow boot camper.  At the end of March, I will join a group of physicians from the Washington DC area for a two week medical mission in Myanmar, my first medical…

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With great interest, I read Jody’s last blog before the new year on how people quickly forget about their new year resolutions. I am one of them! During the holidays season, my office was bombarded with sweet treats from patients and, before I know it, I must have gained about five pounds. It might not seem to be…

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As part of an annual physical, among the questions I ask patients are, “Do you smoke?”, “Do you drink?”. Several times in the past few months, patients have mentioned drinking amounts that are well above the recommended limits. Unfortunately, the popular press, by touting the benefits of red wine, has promoted the idea that red…

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Over the centuries, human beings have evolved on many fronts. One thing is for sure – that we are not like “cows” who bring up their food for hours and keep on chewing and digesting it. Why then do we as human beings resort to continuous “Cow-like” chewing…..via chewing gum? After practicing dentistry for 20+…

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Why do some children escape a difficult childhood and become successful adults? Why do others end up in prison or stuck in a cycle of poverty? This fascinating book summarizes stories of children growing up in diverse socioeconomic situations, explores research on factors leading to success and failure academically and in life. As a follow up to my…

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