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Her beautiful big brown eyes: a daughter’s journey with dementia

I walked outside the neurologist’s office of the renowned institution where I had just been told of the devastating diagnosis for my mother. After explaining her condition to me in a low-lit, sterile examining room, the eyes of his training residents on me, he said, “You can give her the diagnosis in a way she

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The measles outbreak: is it safe for your family to travel?

Many patients have been coming to my office bringing their young children for well child checks and complaining that due to the measles outbreak, they are opting not to travel.  Here is some advice for those who don’t want measles to stand in the way of  vacation. Give the vaccine early– If your child is

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Could your child have ADHD?

I used to work at a Montessori preschool and was amazed by the differences in the children. Some were calm, some were hyper, some were loud, others quiet. But then there was one child where I felt something more serious was occurring.  He would throw a tantrum every time he had to put on his jacket.

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Skin Health 101: Do Indians really need sunscreen?

Many Indians are interested in wrinkle treatments and fairness creams but how many of us really invest in good skin health?  Skin health begins with sunscreen. There’s a common myth that people with medium and dark complexions have more natural protection from UVA and UVB rays and therefore do not need sunscreen. This isn’t true.

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Ayurveda for babies? Think twice.

Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditions of medicine in the world. As a physician, I admire the holistic approach of connecting the physical and the mental. Ayurvedic treatment combines materials such as plants, minerals, metals, with diet, exercise and lifestyle modification. But when it comes to young children, Ayurveda treatment containing metals should be

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