Dr. Greene's Blog

  • On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    On Being a Physician: A day in the life

    Over the years we have received numerous requests from high school and university students, who are in the midst of choosing a career, asking what it is like to be a physician. Here is Dr. Greene’s reply –

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  • Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine

    Fast Facts about the Chickenpox Vaccine

    Chicken pox is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus. It is usually a mild infection, and not life-threatening. Although children with this virus may be miserable for several days, and miss a week of school or day-care (stranding parents at home), they will likely recover from the 250-500 itchy blisters with nothing more to show for […]

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  • The Essential Components of Breast Milk

    The Essential Components of Breast Milk

    There are a number of breast milk components that are extremely beneficial to babies’ development. Many of these cannot be found in formula.

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  • Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) that occurred in our youth. Children are at the highest risk for sun damage, and more than half of a lifetime’s sun exposure usually happens during childhood.

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  • Handling a Clingy Baby

    Handling a Clingy Baby

    Many children go through a stage when they strongly prefer one parent to every other person in the world. One common pattern is for them to noticeably prefer their mothers during the later part of the first year. The greatest intensity of this typically lasts approximately one month (up to several months.)

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  • Tips for Surviving Temper Tantrums

    Tips for Surviving Temper Tantrums

    Temper tantrums are very common, especially in children 2 to 3 years of age. When viewed in context, temper tantrums can be an extremely constructive part of the development of a healthy child. That said, there are still a few things you can do to minimize their impact on you and those around you.

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  • The Olympic Flame

    The Olympic Flame

    When I was first asked to carry the Olympic Torch, my eyes misted. Not until the moment actually came did I understand why. The Olympic Flame reaches back to a time when the human race was younger, and the planet less crowded. It reaches back to a part of Greek culture that valued truth, beauty, […]

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  • Tips for Managing Back-To-Back Kids

    Tips for Managing Back-To-Back Kids

    As parents, it is only natural to want to continue to give your first child all the attention you have been giving him, plus give your new baby the special attention you gave to your first child. That is not possible. After your second child is born, you will probably not have the time or […]

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  • A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    There are a surprising number of different types of diaper rashes (that respond best to different types of treatments). Skin wetness is the common denominator underlying these various causes of diaper rash. Wetness from urine increases skin friction, raises the skin pH, makes the skin less cohesive, and makes it more permeable. These effects combine […]

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  • Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of true puberty before 8 years of age in girls or 9 years of age in boys. (Boepple, et al. Endocrinology, Surgery, and Technology, Vol 1, 1996)

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