Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

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    October 3, 2013
    How to Prevent and Treat Tonsil Stones

    When I was a child, it was commonplace to remove tonsils. The thinking of the day was that tonsils didn't serve much of a purpose. Much like the thinking of the day about the appendix. Now we know the…

    Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School
    September 13, 2013
    Tech Resources Help Kids with ASD Succeed in School

    Technology has found a place in many therapeutic areas, and it’s gaining speed in the world of autism spectrum disorder. With many children with ASD drawn to tech gadgets, it makes sense to use that…

    Autism Dietary Needs and Schools
    September 12, 2013
    Autism Dietary Needs and Schools: Making It Work

    As research emerges demonstrating that certain dietary changes may improve the signs and symptoms of ASD, more parents are placing their children on supplements or restricting certain foods from their…

    School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child
    September 11, 2013
    Back-to-School Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child

    Your autistic child is heading back to school, to a new school, or to school for the first time. In any case, their safety is your top priority, and you can’t keep your watchful eyes on them 24-7 wh…

    School Checklist for Autistic Children
    September 10, 2013
    The School Checklist for Autistic Children

    You’re nervous about your autistic child starting a new school year. You worry about whether they’ll thrive in the new environment, whether the teacher will be successful in building the connectio…

    Back to School with Autism
    September 9, 2013
    Back to School with Autism: Three Tips to Prepare

    The start of a new school year is stressful for families of children with autism. Changes to the environment can be especially disturbing for some autistic kids, and parents are wracked with nerves an…

    Medical Checklist
    June 28, 2013
    Your Medical Checklist: What You Need To Know

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I learned the importance of maintaining a medical checklist. I also learned how little I really knew about my health records and family history. I had to collec…

    News to Share
    June 25, 2013
    The Hardest News to Share

    The only thing worse than having a doctor tell you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is telling your children. Just saying the words, “I have cancer” can make you choke. It took me two year…

    BRCA Testing
    June 24, 2013
    The Supreme Court Decision on BRCA Testing: It’s Significance for Women

    On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes. This landmark ruling is a giant step forward for women’s health because it br…

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    February 8, 2013
    Becoming an Alzheimer’s Researcher: My Journey

    Becoming an Alzheimer’s Researcher: My Journey In 2009, someone at the Build a Bear Workshop heard about my project and invited me to apply to become one of their huggable heroes.  As a Huggable He…

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    February 7, 2013
    Teaching a Child to Give

    When I was very young I was invited to participate in a Davidson Young Scholar conference at Lake Tahoe.  There were about 20 Davidson Young Scholars and their families at the event. We stayed in a h…

    Changing the World for Alzheimer’s Patients
    February 6, 2013
    Changing the World for Alzheimer’s Patients

    Because my family kept Great Grams at home with us, instead of in a nursing home, I was confronted daily with her needs. I kept thinking about and reading about Alzheimer’s disease.  It was becomin…

    Putting Smiles on Their Faces: Puzzles to Remember
    February 5, 2013
    Putting Smiles on Their Faces: Puzzles to Remember

    During the last year of her life, my great grandmother spent time going in and out of several hospital dementia wards, most often for the urinary tract infections that so often accompany incontinence.…

    From Child to Caregiver
    February 4, 2013
    From Child to Caregiver

    I was still very young when I first decided to pursue a career in medicine.  My early experiences helped me grasp the importance of what I might accomplish if I could succeed at practicing medicine w…

    Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Diseases
    January 24, 2013
    Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Diseases

    There is mounting evidence that vitamin D plays an important role in reducing risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as the diseases that often precede it such as diabetes mellitus and chro…

    You Could Have Celiac Disease & Not Even Know It
    September 28, 2012
    You Could Have Celiac Disease & Not Even Know It

    I don’t recall ever hearing of it when I was growing up, but today celiac disease is nearly epidemic. Once considered a rare autoimmune disorder, celiac disease now affects 1 out of every 133 Americ…

    The Steps to Empowerment
    April 6, 2012
    The Steps to Empowerment

    Accept and Embrace The Challenge. By acceptance, I do NOT mean loving it. I hate autism for stealing my son’s childhood. But I am not in denial, because denial kept me from walking a path I ultimate…

    Phimosis
    April 6, 2012
    Phimosis – Wait & Watch or Treat?

    Dr. Hall's Answer: Concerns about a boy’s penis are often troubling to parents, as are concerns about the use of steroids. You are unfortunately having to deal with both issues at once! There is a c…

    Prayers Are Answered
    April 5, 2012
    Prayers Are Answered

    Our home life is in shatters. My husband and I desperately search for answers to help our 3-year-old autistic son. One day I open the newspaper and see a conference advertised in the area called DAN -…