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Avoid Car Seat Tragedy with Visible Reminders and a KISS

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

cute boy in car seat in summerAs a new parent, you’ve taken parenting classes, read countless baby how-to books, child-proofed the house with outlet covers and baby gates, you locked up your medicines and installed cabinet locks to keep your little one safe. The last thing on your mind was accidentally leaving your child in the car on a hot day. But it can happen, and the consequences can be devastating.

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Child Health
Pediatrics

C. Diff – When Good Bacteria goes AWOL

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

bacteria in colonNot another trip to the bathroom! Your diarrhea is relentless and the abdominal cramps are severe, you don’t want to leave the house for fear you might have an embarrassing accident. You’ve heard about C. diff, but don’t know much about the condition. Could this be what is causing your symptoms?

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General Health
General Medicine
Internal Medicine
Thomas J. Bartholet

My Chart – YOUR Secure Online Health Connection

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

young woman looking at cell phoneFor patients of Washington University Physicians and BJC Healthcare, MyChart is an online patient portal that gives you secure access to your medical record.  The “one patient, one record” approach is designed to streamline the healthcare connection with your medical providers.

The Right Plan of Attack

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

EKG in shape of heartYou made the right decision when you went to the emergency room with classic heart attack symptoms. However, chest pain plus trip to emergency room can sometimes equal over-testing. Here is what you need to know about which tests are appropriate and necessary for chest pain when you are in the emergency room.

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General Health
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine
David L. Brown
Peter D Panagos

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe -- Where Should My Child GO (to see a doctor)?

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

kids playingYour teenager needs a physical. Your daughter has an ear infection. Your son broke his arm. Your baby is having trouble breathing. There was a time when you only had two choices for medical attention for your children – the pediatrician’s office or the emergency room. But now, thanks to the ever-expanding levels of care that are available, you have several choices of where to take your child.

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Child Health

A is for Ankle Arthritis

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

xray of ankleYour morning walks are painful, and you’ve noticed swelling and warmth around the ankle. The pain has gradually increased to the point of severely limiting your activities. Your doctor suspects arthritis in the ankle and referred you to an orthopedic specialist. What happens next?

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General Health
Orthopedic Surgery
Jeffrey E. Johnson
Jeremy J. McCormick
Sandra E. Klein

The Fourth Trimester

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

New mom with sleeping babyCongratulations, you’ve just had a baby! The newest member of your family is getting everyone’s undivided attention. However, you, the new mom, still need to take care of yourself – the next three months are important for your health and well-being.

Healthy Living Speaker Series

Publish Date: 7/9/2018

happy older couple It’s no secret, our bodies change in ways we wish they wouldn’t. Aging bones and muscles translate to daily aches, while diseases interrupt our lives. It helps to know more about the medical conditions that affect us as we age, and how to treat them.

Washington University Physicians and Delmar Gardens invite you to attend free lectures on a range of medical topics that pertain to the health of people over the age of 60.

Electronic Cigarettes – The New Smoking

Publish Date: 4/18/2018

two teenage girls blowing ecig vaporsJust a decade ago, electronic cigarettes claimed to be the answer for any smoker who was trying to quit tobacco cigarettes. They quickly became popular with teenagers who saw them as a risk-free alternative to smoking. However, these devices pose real health issues and those who “vape” can easily get hooked on the nicotine found in the fruit and candy-flavored products, especially children and adolescents.

New Mother, New Baby, New Sadness -- Who Knew?

Publish Date: 4/18/2018

Moms and babiesWhat is the most common complication of pregnancy? If you guessed gestational diabetes or hypertension, you would be wrong. The correct answer is perinatal (postpartum) depression.

Women's Health
Psychiatry
Shannon N. Lenze