June 19, 2014 –Very few medical providers, mental health experts, or even parents themselves get much concrete training about the psychological nuts and bolts of how men make the transition to fatherhood. For many men, the peripartum period spanning from conception to one year postpartum is one in which you thrive during an exciting – and commonly stressful – new chapter of your life. A growing body of research is showing that men are experiencing mental health issues at largely the same rates that women are, but expressing concerns like depression, anxiety, and stress in decidedly “guy” ways. This article is intended to give a brief introduction to the topic of men’s peripartum mental health along with some key considerations to optimize the transition to fatherhood.
April 30, 2014 — A study from the Harvard Medical School Obesity Prevention Program collected TV viewing information and sleep time from parents of children age 6 months old to 7 years old. The children went from getting a average of 12.2 hours of sleep each day at 6 months old to an average of 9.8 hours a day at age 7. During that span, the amount of TV increased from 0.9 hours to 1.6 hours a day.
February 6, 2014 — The following is a press release regarding a powerful documentary on the vaccine controversy that will screen in our area.
Over the past few years a campaign against vaccination has gained a foothold in American homes and on the news. Clearly parents are concerned for the wellbeing of their children, but what exactly are the facts about vaccination? What do scientists and doctors have to say about the issue?
December 20, 2013 — The sudden cardiac death of a young athlete is a tragic event that occurs periodically in our community. The number of times that this occurs is not clear but is estimated to be about 1 in every 200,000 high school athletes participating in organized sports in the U.S.
The cause for this varies, but the most common cause is a condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and this accounts for almost 1/3 of cases. This is a condition where the left heart chamber (left ventricle) becomes enlarged and this change interferes with its ability to conduct the normal electrical current in the heart. The obstructive variant of HCM, Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) has also historically been known as Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis (IHSS).
March 28, 2013
– There has been an outbreak of meningitis in Tijuana and San Diego, called meningococcal meningitis that typically affects older children, teens and young adults. There was a recent case of this bacteria in a one year old here in San Diego and a death of a 39 year old. This is a very serious and potentially deadly and rapidly progressive bacterial infection that affects healthy children and adults. [Read more...]
Well-child check up visits are the perfect time to provide vaccines to children. This is especially true because immunizations are one of the most powerful tools we have to keep children healthy. But vaccines are only one of the many things that parents can do to protect their children and improve their health.
January 9, 2013 — We are launching a new Teen Scene page with information for parents of teens as well as for our teens. We have started by creating a Stress Action Plan for teens to download.
January 2, 2013 – Thanks to all the patients who cast their votes in the office and also on our Facebook page for their favorite Holiday Door in our office. Our staff took time on weekends and after hours to make our exam doors “decked out” for the holidays. You can view them all at our Facebook page. Our winners were:
November 27, 2012 — This time of year, with colds and flu on the rise, children with known asthma can struggle with more bouts of their asthma. Triggers for asthma can include many things including: [Read more...]