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Safe Sleep for Babies

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Sleep is an important part of your baby’s development, and good sleep habits can be a blessing for both babies and parents alike. It is also important to know how to create safe sleep for babies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Stephanie C. Chiang, M.D., MPH, a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, offers the following simple tips for ensuring safe sleep for babies.  Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency: What to Know

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Are you fully protecting your bones? If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, you’re not – no matter how much calcium you or your kids get from milk, cheese or yogurt.

Sayali Ranadive, M.D., a specialist in pediatric endocrinology at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, explains the important role vitamin D plays in our health, and why many Americans — both adults and children — suffer vitamin D deficiency, but don’t know it.

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How to Prevent ACL Tears in Teens

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ACL tears happen suddenly, almost without fail, each high school sports season. A teenager jumps or pivots fast to get the ball. The teen may feel a pop in the knee, but usually can walk off the field. Within 24 to 48 hours the teen’s knee is severely swollen.

And if your teenage athlete is a girl, her risk of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is four to six times greater than a boy’s. Why? “That’s the hot question right now,” says Sally Harris, M.D., a pediatric sports medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. At first, researchers thought hormones and girls’ body structure increased their risk. But studies now indicate those are minor points. More likely, Dr. Harris says, girls are at greater risk for ACL tears because of two factors, both preventable:

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Prostate Cancer Screening: Is the PSA Test for You?

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer). Although it is a serious disease, it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the United States are prostate cancer survivors, according to the American Cancer Society.

Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2014 are: Read More

Flu Facts and Fiction

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Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu (influenza) and more than 200,000 end up in hospital due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To stay healthy, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a flu vaccine. However, when it comes to the flu, several myths and tales persist. Test your flu facts and fiction knowledge with this quiz from the CDC. Read More

Kids and Pets: A Pediatrician’s Tips

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Kids and pets – this pair seems like a natural fit. Pets for children can bring many health benefits, and they make loving companions. They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to learn responsibility and commitment, says Cara Barone, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. But before Fido or Fluffy joins the family, there are a few things to consider. Here, Dr. Barone answers common questions about children and pets.

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Breastfeeding and Diet

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You’ve been careful about what you eat and drink during your pregnancy to do what’s best for your baby. Now that you’re breastfeeding your precious little one, can you resume enjoying a glass of wine or your favorite soft cheese or sushi?

“Yes,” says Joanna Koch, a lactation consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “It’s time to return to and enjoy your normal diet.” Here are her answers to new moms’ common questions about what you can and can’t eat during breastfeeding.  Read More