You know what happens when you don’t get enough sleep: You’re less sharp and more irritable, and your reaction times slow. That’s because sleep is essential to our mental and physical health. Well, it’s vital for children, too. It’s very important that children get the right amount of sleep at night. The younger the child, … Continue reading Sleep recommendations by age: Is your child getting enough ZzZz’s?
One out of five Americans say they have a family member who has been addicted to prescription painkillers and twice that number personally know someone who has been addicted. The addiction to opioids is an epidemic that plagues our nation. Access to anti-opioid medication has been an ongoing conversation. Now, a new over-the-counter treatment looks to change the … Continue reading Hope on the horizon for the opioid addiction
Thursday, July 7 started off as a normal evening. I was on call as the trauma surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and was documenting for a previous trauma case when I heard my beeper go off. With those beeps, everything changed. I heard multiple sirens approaching. Although I had no idea what … Continue reading I will remember July 7
The events of last week will likely forever be burned in our memories, whether you were on the scene that night or watched it from the other side of the world. The shooting of 12 individuals, including the death of five police officers, the fear and horror that unfolded live in front of millions of … Continue reading Restoring hope after tragedy strikes
Nearly half of American adults have at least one chronic health problem —and whether their disease worsens rapidly or over time, many have spouses or children who tend to their needs. But how badly do those problems emotionally affect otherwise healthy caregivers? And does spirituality make things easier? These are questions that an effort among … Continue reading Research examines impact caregiving can have on your health
The Fourth of July is a time for barbecues and celebration, but it’s also a time to be extra vigilant about health and safety. The weeks surrounding our nation’s birthday represent one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms across the country – for example, last year an average of 260 people … Continue reading The 5 most common Fourth of July injuries
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a brain-based developmental disorder seen in children and leads to problems in behavioral inhibition, sustained attention, impulsivity and distraction, and the regulation of one’s activity level to the demands of a situation. Every person with ADHD varies in the level and intensity of their deficits as well as the age … Continue reading Has your teen outgrown ADHD?
I feel very fortunate to have grown up with parents who modeled a life of service and generosity. Seeing my parents volunteer and give back to others with their lives so naturally and so continuously made an impression on me. So when my husband and I got married, we decided to make a mission for … Continue reading Fostering a spirit of volunteerism
Lately, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing something about gluten and many people are touting the benefits of a gluten-free diet. But is there a real benefit to dumping gluten? Or have we all fallen prey to another fad diet? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is responsible for … Continue reading Gluten-free or gluten hype?