I get asked all the time: will the “extra weight” come off her stomach or his face? Many people are appalled to hear that parents whose child was starved and wasted could become focused on worrying that “they might have gained a little too much weight”. But it happens all the time. We talk and talk about weight re-distribution to families, but it’s hard.
I am grateful, therefore, for an article that appeared in the September 2014 issue of the journal Nutrients titled Anorexia…Read More
I was born in 1949, the second World War had been over for a mere four years. As a girl raised in the 50’s and 60’s I was taught to read books, wear dresses, skirts and pinafores, and to sit still. As long as I had a book the sitting still was no problem. And I always had a book. At sixteen I participated in the American ritual of learning to drive a car, and never looked back. At eighteen I went to college and sat in class with everyone else, my class choices limited by what was…Read More
Medicine is moving at the speed of light. And that’s a good thing. We have a long road ahead of us to move out of the pre-scientific eras, where no one required an evidence base to do most anything. And we face an even longer road to shed the paternalistic roots of “doctor knows best” (not to mention parent blaming for brain disorders!). But perhaps the longest road of all is the road that is now leading us to real “individualized” or “personalized” medicine.
Actually, I prefer…Read More
Advances in medicine come in all shapes and sizes: vaccines, antibiotics, anti-virals, immune system boosters and reducers, technological changes and recently, the hope that faster, cheaper and more accurate genetic analysis can bring us the new approach to medicine and medications: personalized medicine.
As I have mentioned in a previous blog, a leading proponent of personalized medicine has been Dr Eric Topol, editor-in-chief of Medscape and director the Scripps Translational…Read More
It has become almost trite to advise parents struggling with the “severe pushback” of doing battle with their child’s eating disorder to remember that flight attendants caution parents travelling with small children to “first place the oxygen mask on yourself (really counter-intuitive for parents) and then place it on your child.” When I first heard this advice on a plane (astonishingly not what would have come naturally to me) I thought “of course! If I am unconscious then my…Read More