What is the grandparent shot? Glad you asked! Many people call TDAP (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) the grandparent shot. Your immunity as a grandparent helps protect your grandkids from pertussis, which is whooping cough. Babies are especially vulnerable to whooping cough since they don’t get their first vaccine for it until they’re two months old and are not […]Read More What is the Grandparent Shot?
School’s out and the season we’ve all been waiting for is here – tick season! I wanted to remind everyone that the best way to prevent Lyme disease is by covering up with clothes/spray and checking for ticks as soon as you can after coming in from outdoors. An imbedded tick that has only been […]Read More Welcome summer! Not welcome – ticks!
How can I lose my belly fat? I get this question quite a bit, and I found this helpful article summing up all the research-based advice. Belly fat is not only a nuisance, but also a danger to your future health! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-tips-to-lose-belly-fatRead More Belly fat is a real nuisance!
I received a measles outbreak update letter from the Department if Health this week. Just wanted to share the updates: – Four cases in Maryland so far limited to Pikesville/Towson areas (zips 21208, 21209, 21215) – MMR vaccine is given routinely at ages of one and 4-6 years old. This series provides 97% immunity. It’s […]Read More Measles Update from the Department of Health
Ahh – I remember medical training with such fondness! There’s nothing like on-the-job training. I remember one time in residency that I walked an intern through doing her first paracentesis (which went fine) and the patient asked me afterwards if I was her mom!Read More On the Job Experience is Priceless
Watch out – spring allergies are right around the corner! Below are the pollen count over the last 30 days (creeping up) and the forecasted pollen count into the weekend (HIGH by Saturday).Read More Lions and Tigers and … Spring Allergies, Oh My!
Welcome to March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colonoscopy is a good screening test for colorectal cancer, but I also want to make sure everyone is aware there are other options. Fecal DNA tests (like Cologuard) can be done by home collection of stool that’s submitted by mail for testing. It picks up 92% of colorectal […]Read More March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
The flu surveillance system in Maryland is reporting HIGH intensity and WIDESPREAD geographic activity. We’re moving into the peak of flu season. Besides flu shots, your best defense is lots of hand washing and antibacterial hand wash.Read More Flu Update for Maryland