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12/15/2017 10:25:43 AM | 0 comments
As the calendar changes to December the fall sports season comes to an end. This past fall was particularly busy in our practice, seeing a large number of patients with concussive brain injuries. Although there were soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cheerleading athletes with concussive injuries, the vast majority of patients with concussions were football players ranging in age from an 8 year old Pop Warner athlete to a 20 year old college football player. Brain trauma at any age is serious, but what is becoming an increasing concern with football in particular, are the multiple repetitive sub-concussive head impacts that occur throughout a tackle football game. 

Some of the best research into sports related brain trauma is being done locally at Boston University. Their research has shown that the most serious brain injury associated with contact sports participation, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is related more to repetitive sub-concussive brain trauma than it is to the number of concussions an athlete has been diagnosed with during their sports career. 


10/18/2017 8:39:14 AM | 0 comments
In 2006, Pediatric Associates of Greater Salem (PAGS) took a huge step and transitioned from paper charts to an electronic medical record.  Bright -eyed and bushy tailed, we immersed ourselves to learn the system and improve efficiency and care and our patients overwhelmingly liked the changes.

The feedback from families indicated they liked the improved access to their children’s records and better communication with doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative staff.  Prescriptions could be faxed electronically, there was better continuity of care, and a host of other positives of transitioning to an electronic health record.
 
However, one of the down sides, nay the dark side some might say of the electronic record, is less engagement and eye contact with patients with health care providers looking at the computer. In 2015, a study published in JAMA, Internal Medicine showed that only 48% of patients with doctors with heavy computer use during a visit rated their care as excellent, while 83% of patients with doctors less engaged with their computers rated their care as excellent. 


7/13/2016 9:13:54 AM | 0 comments
The recent 4th of July week has been particularly tough for us as a nation and for many parents. Unfortunately as a result, we are having many deeper conversations with our children about tragic events happening both in the US and worldwide.

If you have children who are tweens and older, they are likely exposed to these events through some form of social media, while younger children may have seen or heard something at friend’s homes or in public places.

There is a wide range of responses depending on, for example, how much exposure your child has to the news, the age, and the temperament of your child and yours/their personal experiences.  Below are some recommendations on how to talk with your children about tragic events in the news:


4/13/2015 6:40:27 AM | 0 comments
Your child arrives for the dreaded yearly physical exam - for days you have discussed whether or not he will receive a shot.  Or, you come in for a sick visit and your child is too scared to go into the exam room because she is afraid she will have to get a shot. Do either of these scenarios sound familiar?


3/4/2015 9:49:56 AM | 0 comments
Toilet training can be frustrating for parents and children, but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some common issues to which I think many caregivers can relate, and some helpful tips and strategies for dealing with these issues:


1/29/2015 12:07:12 PM | 0 comments
One of the biggest challenges facing new parents is the sleep deprivation that comes along with countless nighttime feedings, pre-dawn awakenings, and hours spent rocking your baby to sleep.  This is normal and expected in the first months of life; however, by 6 months of age, most healthy babies should be able to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep through the night.  Let’s break down the first year and talk about what you can expect from your baby at each age and what you can do to help your baby become a great sleeper.


11/4/2014 7:29:15 AM | 0 comments
Welcome to our first PAGS Blog!  We decided that creating a blog would be a great way to keep our patients and their families informed regarding a variety of topics.


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