Did you know that the amount of nicotine in an e-cigarette nicotine pod is equal to the amount in a pack of 20 cigarettes? And that because the teen brain is still developing, teen users are more susceptible to the addictive nature of nicotine? Maybe that’s why the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), something that greatly alarms us at Westchester Health. To give parents some guidelines for helping their teens make good decisions regarding vaping, we offer this very informative blog on the subject by Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). Continue reading
We’ve all been reading about lead poisoning and water contamination in Flint, Michigan, and a lot of our parents are concerned. Plus, we’re now hearing that the problem isn’t limited to Flint. The U.S. Congress banned lead water pipes 30 years ago, yet between 3.3 and 10 million older pipes remain throughout the country, potentially leaching lead and other harmful contaminants into our kitchen sinks, bathtubs and drinking water.
Every day, we go to the Internet, television, radio, newspapers and magazines for medical information. But how do we know if what we are reading, hearing and seeing is current, accurate and credible?