Dr. Valerie Ulene is a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine practicing in Los Angeles. She can be reached at email@example.com. The MD appears the first Monday of the month.
June 4, 2007
"THE threat of an influenza pandemic is, at present, one of the most significant public health issues our nation and world faces." — Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenback, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 2007
March 6, 2006
"Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds" ( New York Times, Feb. 8).
February 6, 2006
IT'S time to come clean: My 4-year-old son doesn't bathe every day and sometimes wears the same clothes two days in a row. You'll find no hand sanitizer in my purse. And in my home, children don't have to wash their hands before meals, food that falls to the floor can be consumed if the dogs don't get to it first, and fishing through the laundry hamper for a favorite pair of jeans is fair game.
January 2, 2006
BOOSTER shots aren't just for the elementary school set. Teenagers and adults need them too — sometimes to protect others as well as themselves.
December 5, 2005
If calming a wailing infant wasn't satisfying enough, pacifier-wielding parents can now quiet their critics as well.
November 7, 2005
Pain is the body's way of warning you that something is wrong and in need of attention. Most of us have learned ways to cope with minor or transient pain — sometimes simply by ignoring it. When the pain is severe or persistent, we generally seek help promptly from a physician.
October 3, 2005
As a child, I was a tomboy. I didn't own a dress until I was almost 11, and bought one only because my school demanded I wear one to my sixth-grade graduation. My parents, with little more than an occasional wistful comment, let me wear whatever I wanted.
September 5, 2005
WHEN a friend pulled out a cigarette and lighted it in front of me recently, I was surprised. Although we had spent a considerable amount of time together, I had never seen him smoke.