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The Game Changer in Health Technology

Aug 29 2012

In a world where paper is becoming obsolete, it only makes sense that medical records become digital too. Not only do electronic records provide faster, easier communication between doctors and other care providers, they also provide a single source of up-to-date information on a patient’s history, test results, physician notes, medications and more. Many EMRs also include what’s referred to as a “patient portal,” which allows physicians to communicate with patients as well. Sean McKenna, MD, assistant professor of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, says that while parents take in a lot of information about their child’s health during a half hour appointment, many leave with questions on their minds. Dr. McKenna is working to build... View Article

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic – What Parents and Pediatricians Can Do

Aug 23 2012

The childhood obesity epidemic is increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S. More than 23 million children in the U.S. are diagnosed as overweight or obese – that’s one in every three children. A child or adolescent is considered obese when they are 20 percent above the average weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol but it can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. In 2007, Virginia was ranked 25th in obesity prevalence compared to other states. The study showed that 31 percent of children in Virginia were overweight, and 15.2 percent were considered obese. That’s... View Article