By: Cheryl Maguire When you read the word PANDAS, you probably envisioned a cute, cuddly animal native to China. Unfortunately, there is nothing cute or cuddly about the acronym PANDAS which stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The disorder was first identified in an article by Dr. Susan E. Swedo … More PANDAS Disorder Isn’t Cute or Cuddly
By: Deirdre Littlefield I want you to know that I see you. I can see deep into your soul, and I know that you are not your addiction. You are the small child your mother remembers, the soccer player your teammates recall, and the protector your siblings miss desperately. The decisions you make are … More A Love Letter To Those Addicted
Planning on going Trick-or-Treating or dressing your child up this year? Keep the following important safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics in mind. ALL DRESSED UP: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with … More Halloween Safety Tips
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Last month was ovarian cancer awareness month. This disease remains a serious illness for women everywhere. Sadly, we do not have a screening test to identify the disease early like we do with the Pap smear for cervical cancer. Unfortunately, routine use of blood tests such as the … More Do You Know Your Ovarian Cancer Risk?
By: Sandy Churchill While images of autumn conjure scenes of falling leaves, chilly morning air, and groups of schoolchildren huddled together by school bus stops, the glorious season also stirs an energy of new goals and fresh beginnings. On a recent trip to our local elementary school to teach enrichment classes, I happened upon … More Autumn Ushers In Fresh Beginnings
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN We all have too much stress in our lives. Unfortunately for most of us, our ability to decrease the stressors that effect us is limited. What we do have control over is how we respond to that stress. Balancing work, family, finances, and day-to-day activities is a challenging … More Keep Calm and Breathe
By: Cheryl Maguire “Is that person drunk?” I asked my husband. It was nighttime. We were driving on a highway while the person in front of us was swerving back and forth in between their lane. Since I learned how to drive in the 80’s, my initial thought when I witnessed this is, “they … More Teens Aren’t the Only Ones Driving While InTEXTicated