Tamara Walks Again
Tamara, 25, was an active young lady who loved snowboarding and traveling the world and joined the cross country team in high school. After graduation, she and her high school sweetheart, Patrick, moved to San Diego to attend college together. But on October 13, 2005, Tamara’s life changed forever when a tragic car accident took Patrick’s life and left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Springtime Weight Traps
Are you at risk for putting on weight this spring? The Doctors reveal surprising springtime weight traps.
The number one reason people gain weight during spring: Springing forward. Our bodies require a set schedule for waking, eating and resting, which helps stop the effects of sleep deprivation. Turning our clocks ahead provides an extra hour of sunlight, giving people the tendency to stay up later and eat more.
“One week before springing forward, try going to bed 45 minutes early before the clock changes to prepare your body,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
• Simple sleep tips.
• Sleep deprivation.
Mechanical Toothbrush Dangers
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains the risks involved when allowing your child to use certain types of electric toothbrushes.
“If the toothbrush head comes off it can possibly lead to chipped teeth teeth or choking,” Dr. Sears says. “The devices can also cause cuts to the mouth and gums and injuries to the face and eyes.”
Tips for Safe Brushing:
• Check labels on the product for warnings.
• Change the toothbrush head every three months or if the brush is worn or appears loose.
• Before using, inspect for damage or loose bristles that may cause choking. Test the mechanical brush before letting your child use it.
Dr. Sears recommends using a finger brush for infants, which is extra soft and can be used until the child starts biting on your fingers. Infants are also unable to spit out toothpaste, so until they can, use a toothpaste without fluoride.
Once your child can switch to a regular toothbrush, choose a brush with a small head, which will help to reach his or her molars. At age 8, kids can generally move to a larger brush for their adult teeth. Be sure to consult your physician about your child's oral health.
Modern Medical Breakthroughs
The Doctors highlight ground-breaking advances in modern medicine.