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Author Archive | Desmond Lew, MD

Measles Making a Comeback

The number of cases and outbreaks have almost quadrupled in the United States in 2011. Normally there have been about 60 cases a year and 4 outbreaks a year over the past decade. Most of these cases have been in patients whose parents opted out in vaccinating their child or teenager. In Europe, vaccine refusal […]

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Surprising Videogame Benefits

Video games have been linked to violence, poor school performance, behavioral problems and addictive behaviors. But recently there have been studies to use videogames to improve mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a standard form of psychotherapy to treat mild to moderate depression. In CBT, patients are taught to change their negative thoughts and […]

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Autism

A recent report from the CDC indicates that the prevalence of autism has increased by 78% since 2002. It is unclear what has caused this increase in prevalence. According to the CDC, this increase may be due to the way autism is identified, diagnosed and treated. Public awareness of this condition has steadily increased over […]

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Food Allergies

More people are getting food allergies. From 1997 to 2007, 18% more children under 18 years were reported of having food allergies. Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but the most common for children are cow’s milk, egg, peanut, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Common adult allergens are peanut, tree nuts, fish […]

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Benefits of Family Meals

It is well known that family meals are important and beneficial. But with new studies, family meals are becoming more recognized for their vital impact on children and the family. Family meals, in particular, have a major influence on children nutrition, education, and communication. Better Nutrition, Less Chance of doing Drugs and Alcohol, and Better […]

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Having the Puberty Talk

Puberty is one of the most dramatic periods a person undergoes in his life.  It is the transition from childhood to adulthood.  Our bodies go through physical changes and our minds undergo an incredible transformation.  Some parents dread this phase in their children because their dependent child is now becoming a young independent adult.  Aside […]

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Yoga and Martial Arts

In my practice I am often asked about exercise for kids and teens.  What age is exercise appropriate and what type of exercise is ideal for each age group.  This seems to be a recent phenomenon since previous generations children were left to their own imaginations on what to do for play.  Most small children […]

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Adolescent Health Visit

This fall thousands of adolescents and young adults are starting middle school, high school and college.  Before they start school, they should visit their Pediatrician or Family Practice provider.  Adolescents go through physical and emotional changes that can be distressing to them and their parents.  Many times adolescents are afraid or embarrassed to ask their […]

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Strength Training Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Liver for Teens

It’s a well known fact that obesity is associated with Type II diabetes.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended increased physical activity as the primary method to improve obesity and obesity related illnesses in children.  There are many studies that show that aerobic and resistance (muscle) training improve abdominal fat distribution, liver fat content, […]

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