Answering your most frequently asked questions

From the desk of Sofia Shakir, MDSofia Shakir, MDHappy Belated Memorial Day! Happy End of School Year! Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim families! May this month be filled with blessings and gratefulness. For this week ’s installment of our practice blog I thought it would be fun to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions by parents.  Although one of the most important objectives of our training as pediatricians is to identify healthy children from sick, most of our time as community pediatricians is spent having conversations with parents and children about their growth and development. One of my favorite questions to answer-1. How can I help my child be happy?A happy child is going to go through their childhood storing wonderful memories to draw upon as an adult.  They are more likely to have strong relationships with their peer group and their family.  A few practical tips I give parents. Be a happy role model.  Continue to foster your own interests, remain physically active, and volunteer in the community.  Be an advocate for your child at school.  A great way to do this is at the beginning of the school year.  Send a friendly email. That will open the lines of communication so that if a problem arises the teacher will feel comfortable coming to you to problem solve.  A child who is happy at school is likely to do better socially and academically.  Make sure to help your child find and exp...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 9 August 2018Source: Respiratory InvestigationAuthor(s): Masako To, Akihiro Hitani, Yuta Kono, Natsue Honda, Ichino Kano, Kosuke Haruki, Yasuo ToAbstractBackgroundSevere asthma is increasingly being recognized as an important public health issue. Obesity has been identified as a risk factor for poor asthma control and for worsening of asthma severity. However, most studies investigating obese patients with asthma have been performed in Western countries. Reports on the characteristics of obese Japanese individuals with severe asthma are lacking. Herein, we investigated the clinical charac...
Source: Respiratory Investigation - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 -- More than 4 in 10 women with asthma developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heavy smoking and obesity were among the significant risk factors, a new study found. The research involved more than 4,000...
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Using radiolabeled eosinophils coupled with SPECT/CT the authors quantify eosinophilic inflammation in the lungs of patients with asthma and focal pulmonary eosinophilic inflammation, revealing important differences in eosinophil kinetics between obese and non-obese asthmatics.
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