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Ask Dr. Sandy: Does Breast Milk Help Babies Learn?

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 2:30am

Pediatricians encourage breast feeding. It provides antibodies that help prevent gastrointestinal infections and ear infections. A new study suggests another surprising benefit: Nutrients in breast milk have been...

Dr. Sandy Says: Halt the Salt!

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Monday, September 23, 2013 - 5:30am

The salt of the Earth. That means good people. The salt in your food can mean bad problems. Too much can increase your blood pressure --a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This week on Your Health...

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Understanding GINA

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:45pm

Genetic testing is on the rise. With a simple blood test people can now trace their genealogy or test for disease. But can the results be used against you? Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act...

Ask Dr. Sandy: A Dark Side of the Night Shift

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:55pm

If you’re a woman, and work the night shift, listen up! A new study found women who worked the night shift for 30 years or more had twice the risk of getting breast cancer. Why this link? Researchers have some...

Dr. Sandy Says: Heads Up for Concussions!

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:00am

This week on Your Health Matters we'll explore the dangers of concussions, as well as what to do if you suspect one. Any blow to the head needs to be taken seriously: especially when it happens to youngsters on the...

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ADHD Update

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:05am

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder. It used to be called ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder, but ADHD is preferred because it is more inclusive of primary features of this disorder: inattention,...

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Ask Dr. Sandy: How to Clean a Pacifier

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 1:47pm

Babies love pacies, but they often end up anywhere but their little mouths. Like the floor, the lawn, the dog. Consider rinsing a fallen pacie in your own mouth before giving it back to your baby. A new study in the...

Dr. Sandy Says: Water Works!

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 3:15am

Our bodies are more water than anything else. We’re made of it. And we cannot live without it. So, how much water do you need? 8 ounces a day may not be enough. Dr. Sandy has your daily dose! Watch Water Works...

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Backpack Safety

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Friday, September 6, 2013 - 7:00am

With the kids back in school, it’s the perfect time to discuss backpack safety. We may cringe when we see youngsters carrying heavy packs, but a study in the medical journal Pediatrics found kids are actually more...

Ask Dr. Sandy: What is BRCA?

Sandra Fryhofer, MD - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:45am

Angelina Jolie had both of her breasts removed after testing positive for a BRCA gene mutation. But what exactly is BRCA? And how do you know if you're at risk? BRCA is a breast cancer susceptibility gene. All women...

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