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What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children

What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is not just a problem among adults. Children experience this dental issue as well. Parents, especially first-timers, start to wonder what exactly causes their children's teeth to rot and how they can prevent it.   For toddlers, the most common cause of tooth decay is going to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. This problem is particularly called baby-bottle tooth caries. The liquid contained inside the baby bottle can sit in the child's mouth and create an ideal place for bacteria to breed and multiply.   Tooth decay begins whe......
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Understanding Sugar Addiction in Children

It is official. Sugar is an addictive substance. Actually, it has been official for quite a while. A 2008 study published in Neuroscience &Behavioral Reviews concluded that sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may be addictive when people binge on this food. This news affects all of us, but it’s most damaging to our children. The problem with sugar Some may argue that there’s nothing wrong with sugar because it’s a natural substance. This is true. The problem is that we’ve extracted this substance from its natural source and saturated our food supply with sugar. In ......
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How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks

How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks
"You can do anything if you set your mind to it." is an old adage some people use to get motivated for reaching the goals they dream of - this includes losing weight and becoming physically fit.   However, even if you have the best intentions in the world for your health and overall wellbeing, there are often frustrating reasons curtailing your success in achieving your goals.   As adults, there will always be jobs, housework, family and relationship responsibilities that need to be met before anything else can be done. Though these duties can drain us mentally, we should never let ......
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Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms

Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms
As physician moms, nurturing our friendships can get lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Long work hours, on call coverage, raising a family, in addition to trying to squeeze in some me time, can cause us to put our friendships on the back burner.  The journey of graduating from college and then moving on to medical school, changed the way we lived our lives. For some of us, we moved to a different unfamiliar location which made it difficult to sustain the close relationships that we once had with our friends. It also brought on the new challenge of trying to get to know new ......
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Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?

Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?
Every day, we get bombarded by picture-perfect images of flawless aesthetics - and it seems like there is no getting away from it. We can’t turn on the television or scroll through our social media accounts without feeling pressured into submitting to what is expected of us. Naturally, we have to do what we need to do to make sure that the extent of this pressure is properly managed. For instance, if you start feeling like you are not worthy enough because you do not look like you just stepped off a magazine cover, then you need to recalibrate the way you respond to that pressure. When it come......
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