Aromatherapy for nausea

Surprising but true:  aromatherapy can decrease nausea, according to a study published last year in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.  A group of researchers in San Antonio found that adults who came to the emergency department for nausea or vomiting had as much relief from sniffing an alcohol pad as they did from a dose […]

Constipation? See this helpful video.

  Confounded by constipation?  Take heart!   A new video resource is available for families of children with constipation.  Created by the engaging Dr. Hilary Jericho, the video is informative as well as parent and patient friendly.  It includes an overview of the digestive tract and how everything works, what constipation is, a discussion of a […]

Will caffeine stunt my child’s growth?

“Coffee will stunt your growth.”  That’s what my mother said when I wanted to drink coffee as a kid.  For a long time, I didn’t question what she told me. But now that my own kids have a hankering for Starbucks, I decided to find out more.  So, was my mother right?  Does coffee, or […]

Patients and doctors: time to talk

Years of abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea — and being dismissed by her doctors — before one doctor finally took the time to listen.  Finally, she had an an accurate diagnosis, and could move on to effective treatment.  Johannah Ruddy’s story was published last month in a prominent medical journal,* with an online companion video.  By now, it […]

Stomach aches keep kids from enjoying school

The “back-to-school” stomach ache

Q: Why do so many kids get a stomach ache at the beginning of the school year? Is it all just anxiety? A:  Returning to school can be a stressful time especially for kids who are starting in a new place. And yes, stress and anxiety can cause a stomach ache. (I distinctly remember the […]

mucus can come from infection or allergy

What is snot for? Musings on mucus

Mucus is icky.  Germy. Slimy. Gross.  Nobody wants to touch snot! But what is snot, and why do we have it, anyway? Our lowly snot is actually really important: it helps to keep us healthy. Snot, otherwise known as mucus, is a secretion created by the body.  As we breathe air in through our nose, […]