8 Questions to Ask About An Autism Diagnosis

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Autism is a disorder that affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills and encompasses a group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders. It is estimated that six out of every 1,000 children in the United States may have an autism spectrum disorder, with approximately four times as many boys affected as girls. If your ... Read More...

What You Should Know About Your Sleep

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We know sleep is important to our health, helping to heal our bodies, keep our immune system strong and promote healthy growth and development in children and teens. Although the recommended amount of sleep differs depending on our age, the quality of sleep matters too. Ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of chronic ... Read More...

Top 10 Pediatricians in New York City

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Looking for the most-recommended pediatricians in New York City metro area? Check to see if your doctor is one of the 'Top 10 Pediatricians' in NYC based on ratings and reviews. Vitals' visitors who leave ratings and reviews for a doctor are asked about different factors during their appointment. These factors can include follow-up after an ... Read More...

What is Exercise-Induced Asthma

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When it comes to exercise, it’s almost always the benefits of it that are stressed -- weight loss, improved fitness, protection from disease. However, for those with exercise-induced asthma, there can be a downside as well. Also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), it’s a condition in which strenuous exercise can cause ... Read More...

What People on Kidney Dialysis Can and Cannot Do

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When a person’s kidneys can’t do the work for themselves, whether due to disease or injury, dialysis can help keep a body in balance. Sometimes the treatment is short-term and the kidneys are repaired, while other times it can be a lifelong situation or a long-term solution until a transplant is available. No matter the length one is on ... Read More...

Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke Tied to Alzheimer’s

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A new study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that risk factors for heart disease and stroke - like obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure - may also be linked to a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Higher vascular risk factors were associated with elevated brain ... Read More...

Navigating Kids’ Food Allergies at Playdates & Parties

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A food allergy at any age takes plenty of planning and precautions, and when it comes to children, there are even more considerations to keep them safe. It seems their lives often revolve around food. From snacks after each and every soccer game to celebrations and pizza parties, there’s a constant flow of food that must be navigated. It can ... Read More...

Smoking Responsible for 1 in 10 Deaths Worldwide

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A new study funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that even with ongoing global efforts to prevent tobacco use, tobacco-related deaths accounted for 11.5 percent of all deaths in 2015. The countries among the highest tobacco users? The United States, China, India and Russia, accounting for over 52 percent of smoking-related ... Read More...

10 Things to Know About Seasonal Allergies

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The sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes are aspects of allergies many know all too well. However, there’s much more to them. Here are 10 things everyone should know about seasonal allergies: Seasonal allergies also referred to as hay fever, is one of two forms of allergic rhinitis. It differs from the other form, perennial allergies, in that they ... Read More...

Heart Disease & Depression: What You Need to Know

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When facing heart disease, the immediate concerns are often physical. One important issue, however, that’s often overlooked is how the disease affects one’s mental health. People who suffer from heart disease may feel overwhelmed and anxious about the future, perhaps feel guilty about the lifestyle they lead previously and can lack ... Read More...