Managing the Holidays with Dravet Syndrome

Managing the Holidays with Dravet Syndrome

Written by Morgan Turpin
on Tuesday, 05 December 2017

For many people, the holidays are a time of anticipation – anticipation of the joy of family gatherings, sharing gifts with our loved ones and celebrating. 

For our family, the holidays serve as a bittersweet reminder of how much our lives differ from those around us. 

The holidays bring extra stress and excitement that serves as yet another trigger for kids like our son. Imagine having to calm your child down on Christmas morning because the excitement of opening presents is causing their brain to be overloaded. You see them zoning out and you know a seizure is eminent. You try to intervene before the seizure strikes, fearing that this one could land them in the hospital again, or worse… 

This is Dravet syndrome.
Beauty 911: How to Nip a Skin Disaster in the Bud

Beauty 911: How to Nip a Skin Disaster in the Bud

Written by Margarita Lolis, MD
on Friday, 01 December 2017

What can be worse than the onset of an unsightly skincare emergency the day of a big event such as a wedding, reunion, business interview, or first date? 

Have you ever cancelled a first date because a cold sore erupted? How about an acne breakout the morning of your sister’s wedding or worse… your own? 

With tips and insights is board certified dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis to help us handle these common emergencies within 24 hours.
5 Proven Benefits of Drinking Water for Weight Loss

5 Proven Benefits of Drinking Water for Weight Loss

Written by Helen Rogers
on Thursday, 30 November 2017

Everyone knows that water is one of the most important elements in the human body… or at least they should. It makes up about 60 percent of the your body. Unfortunately, most people are not drinking enough water daily. 

Did you know about all the health benefits of drinking H2O, from helping to speed up weight loss to younger looking skin?

Every single cell in your body needs water to function properly. If you're going to shed extra pounds -- no matter what weight loss plan you are on -- you'll never escape the recommendation to drink more water. 

How can drinking water help you lose weight? 

Let's look at it from a research point of view. 

Here are five science-based benefits of drinking water for weight loss.
5 Kinds of People Most Likely to Get the Holiday Blues

5 Kinds of People Most Likely to Get the Holiday Blues

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 28 November 2017

With the holidays upon us it’s easy for us to get caught up in the rush of it all. 

While we may be cooking, shopping, enjoying holiday events, there are others, many of whom are in our very own circles, having a tougher time. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, reveals who are most likely to have the holiday blues and how we can help them make it through.
Do You Know Your Status? Get Tested for HIV at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Do You Know Your Status? Get Tested for HIV at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Written by John Cunningham & Jean-Marc Halbout
on Tuesday, 28 November 2017


On December 1, the entire globe recognizes World AIDS Day. 

It’s an important time for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. 

Today, one in seven of people who are infected with HIV are not aware they have the virus and are at risk of spreading it to others. If left untreated, the virus can progress to AIDS, a deadly and incurable disease. 

AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, can occur in the later stages of an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection when a person’s immune system is too weak to fight off the virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than one million people in the United States are living with HIV. 

This is why testing remains so important.

Here is some important information about HIV testing and prevention you should know...
Adult Acne: Which Product Option Is Right for You?

Adult Acne: Which Product Option Is Right for You?

Written by Margarita Lolis, MD
on Monday, 13 November 2017

There are so many acne and breakout busting treatments on the market. It’s common to get a feeling of product overload. 

Dr. Magarita Lolis -- Board-Certified Dermatologist in northern New Jersey who takes a holistic approach to treating skincare issues -- breaks down the list of common products to consider using with the benefits of each. Hopefully this menu of options will clear some confusion.
How to Avoid Burnout When Caring for Your Special Needs Child

How to Avoid Burnout When Caring for Your Special Needs Child

Written by Debby Bitticks
on Monday, 13 November 2017

Parenting is challenging, but parenting a child with special needs brings the experience to a whole new level that no one can really understand until they live it. 

From one day to the next, parents with special needs children can never really predict what the next day will bring. Will it require another trip to the doctor for another unforeseen and confusing medical issue? Will a certain behavior become so unmanageable that it impedes the ability for the child to get to school that day? Will you be on the phone with the school again for another challenging issue to sort through? 

Even with all the challenges our special needs children present, we love and care about them deeply, but how do we as parents keep a positive outlook and not succumb to burning out?
Kids & Tummy Aches: How to Tell the Difference Between IBD & IBS

Kids & Tummy Aches: How to Tell the Difference Between IBD & IBS

Written by Kenneth Grant, MD
on Monday, 13 November 2017

It’s normal for kids to get stomach aches, but some kids have bad stomach pain all the time. 

If your child has abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, you may be wondering if your child has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but do you know the difference?

While many of the symptoms are similar, IBD and IBS are very different. IBS can cause pain, but there is no inflammation of the intestine and it doesn’t lead to serious disease, as with IBD. 

It’s important to not diagnose either of these conditions yourself. If your child has these symptoms, you should take your child to a pediatrician, who can then refer your child to a pediatric gastroenterologist, if necessary.
The Road to Victories Team: A Living Definition of Endurance & Survival

The Road to Victories Team: A Living Definition of Endurance & Survival

Written by Mike Dreyer
on Monday, 13 November 2017

When you hear the word “endure,” what do you think? 

Undergoing hardships and persevering may come to mind. Or to some, it could be a cross-country trip, especially if by train, bus or car, and for a fun added challenge, add kids and remove WiFi. 

Now, how about a cross-country trip by bike? Two wheels under human power exposed to all the elements and conditions. 

For six people on the Road to Victories cycling team –- Marty Perlmutter, Darrell Rose, Michael Morales, Mike Grant, Robert Goodheart, and Chuck Wakefield –- this adventure is real.
5 Must Do’s When Traveling with a Child Who Has Epilepsy

5 Must Do’s When Traveling with a Child Who Has Epilepsy

Written by Mary L. Zupanc, MD
on Monday, 13 November 2017

The busy holiday travel season is upon us, bringing millions of Americans to the roads and skies, along with delays, flat tires and other travel snags.

Indeed, traveling can be stressful -- and particularly so for children with a complex medical condition like epilepsy. 

But, the good news is that taking a few precautions beforehand can help smooth the process for these young jet-setters.

Here are five must do’s when traveling with a child who has epilepsy.
It’s a No-Brainer: Omega-3s Are Essential for Developing Brains

It’s a No-Brainer: Omega-3s Are Essential for Developing Brains

Written by Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, LDN
on Saturday, 11 November 2017

The good news? Women can--and should--continue to enjoy tuna sandwiches during pregnancy. Decades of research show the benefits of omega-3s on developing brains when pregnant and breastfeeding women regularly consume a variety of seafood. 

The bad news? Many women are confused about how much seafood is safe to eat when they’re expecting or breastfeeding, or even how much seafood is safe to feed their toddlers and infants starting solids.

The fact is that omega-3 fatty acids—along with other nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, protein and iron—found in seafood are vital during pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood, and because of this, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that expectant and breastfeeding moms and young children consume at least two weekly servings of seafood. 

Unfortunately, pregnant women in the U.S. consume less than one-quarter (only about 1.9 ounces) of the recommended amount of seafood each week.

Here are five things to keep in mind when considering seafood during these critical development periods.
4 Stroke-Savvy Strategies to Stop the Silence

4 Stroke-Savvy Strategies to Stop the Silence

Written by Ken Redcross, MD
on Friday, 03 November 2017

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to strokes, especially silent strokes. 

Many people think strokes only happen to older people, that they happen in the heart, and that there is no prevention or treatment. Despite “stroke awareness” on the basic risk factors and symptoms, the reality for many Americans is that occurrences of strokes continue to climb. 

According to research, approximately 12 million strokes occur every year, and 11 million of those are silent strokes. This means 11 million people are having strokes and most likely don’t even know it!

Eighty percent of strokes are actually preventable, but it’s the silent strokes we really need to be more aware of in terms of preventing damage to the brain, which can ultimately lead to debilitating diseases like dementia.
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