CT Scan Defined
    March 11, 2003
    CT Scan Defined

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A machine whirs in an arc around a patient, snapping a rapid-fire series of x-rays from different angles. These x-ray snapshots are combined by a computer to produce virtual cross…

    Important Tips to Reduce Radiation Exposure
    March 11, 2003
    Important Tip to Reduce to Radiation Exposure

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The amount of radiation used for a CT scan depends on the part of the body being examined and the level of detail needed. Far less radiation is needed to get the same image clarit…

    Hemoglobin Levels
    January 12, 2003
    Hemoglobin Levels

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A hemoglobin test measures the amount of hemoglobin--not iron. The most common reason for low hemoglobin is low iron, but it can be caused by many things. The CBC (complete blood …

    Asthma Signs
    January 2, 2003
    Asthma Signs

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most people don't realize it but some kids with asthma cough instead of wheezing (called cough-variant asthma). Those that cough during exercise should be checked for asthma, espe…

    Food Allergies
    October 29, 2002
    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Food hypersensitivity, Oral allergy syndrome, Allergic proctocolitis Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don’t happen …

    Fifth Disease
    October 29, 2002
    Fifth Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Erythema infectiosum, Parvovirus B19, Slap cheek Introduction to fifth disease: A child with bright red cheeks and a rash on her trunk is sent home from kindergarten. Her teacher is …

    Gastroesophageal Reflux
    October 29, 2002
    Gastroesophageal Reflux: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: GERD Introduction to gastroesophageal reflux: GE reflux wears many faces. You might see a baby who spits up all the time...an adult with heartburn...a child who won't gain weight...a…

    Early Puberty
    October 28, 2002
    Early Puberty: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Precocious puberty Introduction to early puberty: When childhood is ending, it often feels like it has all gone by too fast. It’s bittersweet watching our children’s bodies chang…

    Deafness
    October 27, 2002
    Deafness: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Hearing loss, Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss Introduction to deafness: In that first golden moment when you gazed at your baby in the delivery room, he was alrea…

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    October 23, 2002
    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 (littl…

    Diabetes Options for Children
    September 3, 2002
    Diabetes Options for Children

    On Tuesday, August 27, 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the Glucowatch for use in children and teens with diabetes. (It had been approved for adults in 20…

    Photoscreening to Test the Vision of Babies, Toddlers, and Children with Developmental Delays
    March 13, 2002
    Photoscreening to Test the Vision of Babies, Toddlers, and Children with Developmental Delays

    Cover one eye, and read these letters…  Testing the vision of babies, toddlers, and children with developmental delays can be difficult and inaccurate. It’s also important! Strabismus (eyes that …

    Butterbur - An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know
    February 18, 2002
    Butterbur – An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know

    Petasites is a shrub with incredibly huge leaves, up to 3 feet in diameter, usually found in low-lying wet areas and marshes. The plant is sometimes called butterbur, perhaps because the large, soft l…

    A Blood Test for Behavior Problems
    September 28, 2001
    A Blood Test for Behavior Problems

    We know that lead is both a powerful and treatable cause of toxicity to children's brains and nervous systems. Because so many children with developmental and behavioral problems have high blood lead …

    Diagnosis in the 21st Century
    August 15, 2001
    Diagnosis in the 21st Century

    Back in 1995, a man died tragically when he was only 42 years old. The official diagnosis was liver failure from alcoholic cirrhosis. No autopsy was done. The body was cremated. No clues remained. End…

    What is a UA test?
    July 6, 2001
    What is a UA test?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The UA is a urinalysis. Many aspects of the urine are tested. On a school form, the normal result would be 'negative' or 'normal'. We check the urine as a screening test to look f…

    Child Blood Pressure
    July 6, 2001
    Child Blood Pressure

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Boys generally have higher normal blood pressures than girls of the same age. Taller children have higher normal blood pressures than shorter children of the same age. For an aver…

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    June 28, 2001
    Reflux Tests

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A barium swallow or an Upper GI x-ray can make the diagnosis of reflux -- if the child happens to reflux during the snapshot. A ragged esophageal lining is sometimes seen between …

    Determining Paternity
    June 21, 2001
    Determining Paternity

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It is now possible to determine the father even before a baby is born. This is done by comparing DNA molecules -- our genetic blueprints. To do this you need a blood sample from b…

    Gastric Outlet Obstruction
    June 14, 2001
    Gastric Outlet Obstruction

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With my first child I had to change shirts several times a day, he spit up so often. For kids who spit up, the average time to outgrow messy episodes is 7 months. I'm glad your da…