Author Archive for: ‘DrNinaShapiro’

The Case for Distraction

The Case for Distraction

It is rare that I walk into a patient room in my office when not one or more people are on some sort of device.  This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and patients as young as 18 months. Some put down their screens as soon as I walk in. Most do not.  When I’m examining a […]

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The Kiss of Cancer

The Kiss of Cancer

In honor of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, my colleague made an informative, yet very entertaining public service announcement video. Take a look! One of the highlights of the message is that several types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth, throat, and sinuses, can be caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus, […]

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Who doesn’t love blueberries?

Who doesn’t love blueberries?

Who doesn’t love blueberries?  They are, for the most part, sweet, they go with just about everything, and, for us lucky Californians, they are almost always in season.  They contain long-worded substances such as antioxidants, anthocyanidins, and flavonoids, making them rank with such superfoods as acai berries and kale. So when a study demonstrating that […]

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I’m Nuts Over Nutella

I’m Nuts Over Nutella

It’s hazelnuts. It’s European. It’s stylish, which makes it seem a bit healthy. Why, it can be likened to fancy peanut butter. Who here has not dipped a teaspoon– wait– tablespoon into that voluptuous tub of CANCER-RIDDEN goodness? Nutella, the treat of childhood, best eaten plain, but also divine on bread, pancakes, or crepes, is […]

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Plastic Bracelets for a Healthy Soul

Plastic Bracelets for a Healthy Soul

Over the past few years, the vaccine controversy has continued to simmer.  First it was Hollywood , and now it’s in Washington.  Many of us in medicine chuckled at the press that starlets were getting from the potential damages that vaccines can do. Although crowds listened to their stories, there was always the caveat of […]

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When Patients Lie

When Patients Lie

The other day, the mother of a nine-week-old baby girl called my office in a panic.  Her daughter was having terrible breathing trouble, with coughing and wheezing.  She asked to been seen that day, and of course I said yes. I asked mom how the baby had been doing overall, and she said that she’d […]

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The FDA Should Chew On This…..

The FDA Should Chew On This…..

  In the current climate of the obesity epidemic, the FDA has changed the nutritional labels we’ve become all-too-familiar with. The emphasis will now be on calorie count and appropriate serving size. So much for my pretending that the pint of ice cream i just downed had 350 calories. What? That was per serving? Don’t […]

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We are swimming in muddy waters

We are swimming in muddy waters

Guess what!  Now it’s ok to eat peanuts or tree nuts during pregnancy!  A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented that eating nut products during pregnancy actually does not increase an unborn child’s eventual risk of developing nut allergies. Guess what!  All plastic products for infants and children no longer […]

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One Less Nut in LALA Land

One Less Nut in LALA Land

The day after Jane Brody’s article in the New York Times came out, describing how surprisingly common it is for children to choke on objects, be they toys or food, I’m in the operating room with a toddler’s who’s choked on a cashew.  Wait, he’s not even a toddler.  He’s a BABY. By some arbitrary […]

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The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The other day, I asked a tearful mom to kiss her boy goodbye before we wheeled him off to the operating room. And we didn’t have time for a long goodbye. He was three-years-old, her ‘one and only’. Just days before, he had choked while eating popcorn, seemed okay right afterwards, but his nagging cough […]

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