Blood & Circulation Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol, starting as young as age 8. I’m glad that the controversy surrounding these guidelines is starting to […]

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  • Cord Blood Banking

    Cord Blood Banking

    Cord Blood I love being able to help my children give gifts. For Mother’s Day and for my wife’s birthday, it’s a treat for me to get a sense of what the kids want to give, and to provide what they need in order to make it happen. Perhaps all it takes is a few […]

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  • Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenage boys have packed on even more weight, going from a healthy 125 pound average up to 141 in […]

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  • Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    High blood pressure, which used to be a disease of middle age, is becoming more common in children. Once a child has high blood pressure, unless there are significant lifestyle changes, the high blood pressure continues into adulthood. This leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early adult death, even if the blood […]

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  • Blood Pressure in Children

    Blood Pressure in Children

    What’s your three-year-old’s blood pressure? August 2004 guidelines from The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Children recommend that blood pressure screening begin at age 3 for all healthy children, and even earlier for those at high risk (such as those who were born early, small, or who are taking medicines that […]

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  • Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese — on average more than one child in every classroom.

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  • Congenital Heart Disease

    Congenital Heart Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: AS, ASD, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Atrial Septal Defects, CHD, Coarctation of the Aorta, Hypoplastic Left Ventricle, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, PDA, PS, Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, Tetralogy of Fallot, TGA, TOF, Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, Transposition of the Great Arteries, Tricuspid Atresia, Truncus Introduction to congenital heart disease: A baby’s heart begins to beat […]

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  • Hemoglobin Levels

    Hemoglobin Levels

    My son’s iron level was at 5.1 (via hemoglobin test) when he was 12 months old. Now he’s 16 months and it’s 8. He’s currently taking ferrous sulfate twice a day and I am concerned that there’s an underlying…

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    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (little clumps that help the blood clot when needed). The red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to every part of the body. They also […]

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  • Cardiovascular Health in Children

    Cardiovascular Health in Children

    Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing about half a million people each year. Coronary heart disease used to be thought of as a disease of the middle aged and the elderly. Over the last twenty years it has become increasingly clear that atherosclerosis – damage to the heart […]

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