Information on testing for COVID-19

When we do any test, we need to ask ourselves how reliable is the test in answering the question we are asking, and what are we going to do with the information. Tests are not magical correct answers to questions. All tests can be wrong: either a false positive where the test says you have the disease but you don’t. Or a false negative, where the test says you are fine but you really do have the disease. Even the best tests in the world are wrong between 1-5% of the time. That is for every 20-100 tests done, 1 of them is wrong. Then, when you get what is may be the right answer from a test, how is that going to change what needs to be done? 

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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is a serious illness caused by a bacterium that can lead to an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.  There are several different groups of meningitis, and it is preventable. Read about meningitis, the different kinds, and ways to prevent it. 

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Guidelines for Achieving & Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Parents of newborns quickly learn that measurement of their baby’s weight and length is an important part of each doctor visit. That’s because a child’s measurements tell us a lot about their general health. This is true for older children and adolescents as well. A weight that is appropriate for your child’s height and age remains an important indicator of overall health.

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are usually referred to as allergic rhinitis by physicians. Patients typically complain of sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. These are often accompanied by itching of the eyes, nose, inner ear or palate and post-nasal drip. Many patients also have eye symptoms including itchy, burning, tearing eyes. For some patients, allergic rhinitis causes problems breathing through their noses and leads to poor quality of sleep, irritability or fatigue. 

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Understanding Cholesterol and Other Lipid Tests

Most of us think of cholesterol problems as an adult issue. However, for a number of reasons, cholesterol can be a health problem for kids as well. As more and more kids struggle with the challenges of being overweight or even obese, doctors have noticed that some of these kids have high cholesterol levels. There are also children who have inherited a tendency to slightly elevated cholesterol levels and rarely children have inherited diseases that cause very high cholesterol levels. For this reason, in 2011 the United States Preventive Services Task Force together with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommended...

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Affording Your Medications

Medicine can be a very expensive part of your family’s health care needs. If your doctor has prescribed medicine and you can't afford to pay for it, you may be able to get the medicine for free or at a reduced cost. There are several kinds of assistance programs that may be able to help. Read our four tips for reducing your costs.

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Vegetarian Diets

More and more Americans are choosing to follow vegetarian diets. For most families, a decision to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle can lead to a beneficially increased intake of fruits and vegetables. That’s wonderful news! While vegetarian diets can be made safe at any age, young children and adolescents need to be particularly careful to consume all the needed nutrients for rapid growth. In this article, I will examine the most common types of vegetarian diets and the potential risks of each. I hope this will help guide you to making sound nutritional choices for your family.

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Healthy Eating for Kids

We all know that good nutrition is important but how do we get our kids to eat healthfully? Meal time battles are unpleasant for everyone and ultimately do not lead to healthy eating habits. By making mealtimes an enjoyable family event, you will be promoting a healthy attitude towards food and avoiding overeating and other eating disorders. Here are some suggestions to help you get started!

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Dental Health

The different stages of dental development mark meaningful milestones of childhood. As children experience teething, the natural loss of baby teeth and the emergence of permanent adult teeth, parents and pediatricians have important roles to play promoting dental health. Together with your child’s dentist, I want to help you learn how to care for your child’s teeth at each stage.

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Breastfeeding In The First Weeks

Everyone tells you what your breastfeeding experience will be like.  They describe their own stories of what worked for them, what did not work and the best or worse supplies to purchase.  Sometimes, all this advice can be confusing. At Triangle Pediatrics, we want to help women find the path that is right for them and their unique baby.

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