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The Scope

Smartphones Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Oct 19, 2018

Nearly 13 million children and adolescents in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It may seem counterintuitive, but pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner says technologies such as smartphones and fitness trackers can actually help kids watch their own weight by gamifying their exercise and physical activity.

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New Shingles Vaccine: Who's it For and What it Does

Oct 19, 2018

Shingles is the reactivation of chickenpox—a virus most people get during childhood—and older people are at a higher risk of getting the infection. Should you receive the new shingles shot even if you’ve already been vaccinated? If you're over 50 years of age, probably. Dr. Tom Miller weights the pros and cons of the new shingles vaccine.

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Teens Are At Risk for STDs

Oct 12, 2018

Just like adults, teenagers are susceptible to receiving sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some STIs are curable and have detectable symptoms, but others can last a lifetime and have no known cure. Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner talks about how open and honest communications with your children to prevent the spread of STIs.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Affects Women More Than Men

Oct 12, 2018

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur between longer periods of darkness and extremely cold temperatures. According to women's health expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, the symptoms of SAD primarily affects women. Dr. Jones talks about how to mitigate feelings of depression and hopelessness during autumn and winter.

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