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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH – SEP 2015

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. 1 in 3! That is a staggering number!

Features-SMHWhy should you care? Obesity is an epidemic in our country and when it affects our future, we should all care.

Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen ONLY IN ADULTS, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. A 15 year old with high blood pressure, use to be highly unusual – now it’s normal.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. Encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight. If you have no immediate family troubled with obesity, then think about your niece(s), nephew(s), cousins, start something for the children’s ministry at your church, get involved with PTA….let’s help our children…they are our future! Listen to what the children have to say in the videos below…

Thank you!

12yo and 300+ pounds

 

Weight Loss camp in Georgia

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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It use to be that a cancer diagnosis lead to high mortality (death) rates and survivorship came at an extreme cost of post-surgical disfiguring features, neuropathy and other late effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy as well.  With improved technology and clinical applications of (bench) research, many patients are surviving and doing much better than generation past. As survival continues to improve, quality of life, including fertility preservation has become increasing important to patients and their families.

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Sperm Banking

I recently received my seasonal St. Jude magazine with the featured topic of preserving fertility. It was great to know that fertility preservation options are now being offered to children undergoing cancer treatments or those who are survivors.  Per their report, “…[it is] estimated that half of adolescent and young adult male cancer patients are at increased risk for infertility, with about 10% of female childhood cancer survivors having acute ovarian failure and an additional 15% entering menopause prematurely.”

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Egg Harvesting

It was noted in their report, that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is currently the only hospital in the U.S. to cover the expense associated with harvesting and storing sperm and eggs until patients reach age 35. That policy eliminates one of the greatest barriers to fertility preservation for many childhood cancer patients:cost. This is GREAT news!

I remain and avid supporter of St. Judes Research Hospital!  Hope to be a visiting professor/clinician there one day. If you are looking for a charity to support, please consider St.Judes!

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Fertility Preservation for Young Women with Cancer

Fertility Preservation Options

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Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK!

Did you know that teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen suicide preventOne in 5 teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually, according to data collected by the CDC

Screening programs have proven to be helpful because research has shown that suicidal people show signs of depression or emotional distress. Referrals can be made for treatment, and effective treatment can be employed when signs are observed in time. Intervention efforts for at-risk youth can put them in contact with mental health services that can save their lives.

Suicide is a relatively rare event and it is difficult to accurately predict which persons with these risk factors will ultimately commit suicide. However, there are some possible warning signs such as:

  • Talking About Dying — any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself, or other types of self harm
  • Recent Loss — through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of interest in friends, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
  • Change in Personality — sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
  • Change in Behavior — can’t concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
  • Change in Sleep Patterns — insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
  • Change in Eating Habits — loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Fear of losing control – acting erratically, harming self or others
  • Low self esteem — feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, “everyone would be better off without me”
  • No hope for the future — believing things will never get better; that nothing will ever change

What to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide?  There is help!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) or call: (800) SUICIDE

 

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Teen Suicide Prevention video – click below to watch.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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Mr. Ramsey engaging students with HUGE centipedes!

On 19 APR 2014, I had the distinct pleasure of launching Our Kidz First Annual Career Fair for Middle School age-children (11-14yo) on the campus of Marymount University in Arlington, VA. We had over 100 children in attendance who were exposed to 21 career fields including Entomology & Pest Management led by Mr. Cleveland Dixon (Holiday Termite & Pest Control) and Mr. Samuel Ramsey (Univ of Maryland Entomology PhD Candidate).

Now, truth be told, at the sight of just about any insect – be it a 1 inch earthworm after a rainy day, a minute caterpillar dangling from a tree in my path during my walk, or a huge centipede as pictured here – I have been known to shriek and bolt for cover! An earthworm or a caterpillar or a centipede may not be dangerous, but a Deer tick sure is!

A Deer Tick

A Deer Tick

I was speaking with a friend, Kelly, in Maryland and we noted the on-going construction and loss of green land and foliage for deers in the area. She told me the deers were eating up all her flowers and wondered if she should try planting again for spring. She then shared with me that her 11yo nephew, Trent, was taken to the Emergency Room for a persistent swollen knee, fevers, rash, fatigue…he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease (our prayers are with Trent for a speedy recovery).

By exposing our Middle-School age children to different career paths and by encouraging interaction with professionals in the field, they will learn the “ins and out ” of different careers, such as Entomology & Pest Management (www.OurKidzFirst.org). Along the way, they may even learn the signs and symptoms relating to various insect transmitted diseases, such as Lyme Disease, and could possibly recognize these signs and symptoms even before their parents. At the fair, the kids were fascinated that Medicine overlap with Pest Management too!

Make sure your home and surroundings are safe for you and your family this year…

Read more about Lyme Disease HERE

 

Lyme Disease Information – Click below to watch!

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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I did not know that there was a “Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” … did you?  I knew about the general HIV/AIDS Awareness, but not aware of how serious it was for our youths. Times have changed…13yo with new cases of HIV? Take a moment to review these statistics and reach out to a youth in your life, your community … just reach out!

There are 1000 new HIV cases among young people every month…One Thousand?!

  • 86% of new HIV cases among young women ages 18-24 are due to heterosexual sex
  • 80% of new HIV cases among young women ages 18-24 are in young women of color
  • 87% of HIV cases among young men ages 13-24 are among young men of color
  • Atleast 60% of YMSM who are HIV positive are not aware of their status
  • 80% of new HIV cases among people ages 13-24 occur among youths of color

ADD obesity, accidents, gun violence, etc., to those statistics … who will be left for our future????

Sometimes, as a specialist, physicians tend to “stay in their lane” but through this blog, and thanks to my readers and followers, I am able to stay/be relevant on other diseases that affects us … especially our children.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physicians Desk…weekly Blog!

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Recently, I was asked my opinion about RFID’s being implanted in children. RFID? Last time I thought about such technology, or using it, was for my Long Haired Daschund as a tracking device. I can understand proported benefit for children, for medicine…BUT, what else would it be tracking? RFID is already in use for ID cards (CAC cards for government workers), some drivers license, passport, etc.,

In the palm - RFID vs Grain of Rice - tiny!

In the palm – RFID vs Grain of Rice – tiny!

It would seem to me that implanting a Radio-Frequency Identification device in a human (essentially a GPS) has both positive and negative implications. Sure, having immediate access to a medical record in an emergency situation would be priceless. However, what about a bracelet or dog-tag instead? An implanted RFID microchip would shred the transparent curtain of perceived privacy.

Additionally, an implanted RFID has grave socioeconomic and religious implications. Hhhmmm. Read more about RFIDs HERE. Still thinking… but inclined to an immediate  & emphatic – “NO”…no thank you, please!

What are your thoughts? Would you consider placing a RFID microchip in your child or yourself?

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CNN review…click below to watch

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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Bad news is bad news…plain and simple. But I am sure some would agree that receiving bad news during a season of festivity, somehow magnifies how “bad” the situation may be. 

sick child“It is December and my daughter’s 12th Birthday is fast approaching. However, we were just informed that my little angel has Cancer. So instead of Birthday, Christmas and New Year celebrations, I am busy researching the type of Cancer, types of treatment, best doctors to see, how to navigate the system of health care, and on and on.  Before this, I rarely paid attention to the medical field, except for the usual minor sickness and annual physical exams.  How can I help my Child? This should be an exciting time of her life.

I begin to eat, sleep, and exist for the HOPE of my little angel. It devoured everything I did… and maintaining “regular hours” at my job, became increasingly difficult. My daughter needs me. In the spiral of confusion and chaos of the medical jargon, distrust, cost, and emotional drain, I pulled away from my well-meaning family, friends and associates. Feeling alone and desperate for an answer, to save my child from all the surgeries, and pain, life changes and difficulties I know this will bring, I dug deep for inner strength…to get out of the bed one more day…just one more step…just for her. This is not fair. But…something good will come of all this … it must.”

Some of you may know Talia's story

Some of you may know Talia’s story

Such is the story and pain relayed to me by a mother who is now 1 year out from her daughter’s initial cancer diagnosis. They are looking forward to celebrating her 13th Birthday. As it is with most traumatic experiences, she has learned a lot … and is willing to share on the process with the others. That will indeed be a blessing to many. Her daughter continues to handle the “changes” quite well…but understandably, not quite willing to share yet…

I share this encoutner with you in hopes that you will have a different outlook/appreciation, if someone is facing something similar this holiday season or be gentler with yourself, if it is you. Some of you may know Talia’s story…if not see previous Blog by clicking HERE

As physician, my modus operandi (method of operation) is always to help, to offer assistance, to be a part of the healing process, to try and fix things. I have learned from my patients, sometimes just listening with a compassionate ear, is a much big part of the healing process…than I could have imagined.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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