Fracture Season: Preventing Broken Bones in Kids

In some parts of the country, people say there are really only two seasons: winter and construction.

Add a third – “fracture season,” say experts in children’s health at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.

We’re in the heart of it right now. Warm spring temperatures and the end of school combine to send thousands of kids into backyards and onto playgrounds, where they’re breaking their bones at startling rates-on rollerblades, on bikes, playground equipment and trampolines.

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Gonorrhea

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month (#STDMONTH17).  This year the focus is on syphilis.  Since we wrote a blog about syphilis not too long ago and covered herpes and chlamydia in the past few weeks, this blog will be about a different sexually transmitted disease: Gonorrhea.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacteria that causes this sexually transmitted infection. It’s actually a lot like Chlamydia trachomatis (which you are all experts on after memorizing last week’s blog). It can be spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex and cause infections in the throat, rectum, penis, and vagina.  Read more

Chlamydia

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month (#STDMONTH17). This year the focus is on syphilis. Since we wrote a blog about syphilis not too long ago and covered herpes last week, this blog will be about a different sexually transmitted disease: chlamydia.

What exactly is chlamydia? As the Sex Ed teacher from the Mean Girls movie states, “But if you do touch each other, you will get chlamydia…and die.” Although this is not true, chlamydia infection can affect your future and it is worth knowing more about, especially since the treatment is so simple.   Read more

Why Should I Get My Child’s Cholesterol Checked?

When you think of a person with high cholesterol, who do you picture?

Maybe an overweight man in his 50s who loves burgers and good old fashioned Wisconsin cheese? Maybe a woman in her 60s who smokes and doesn’t like to exercise?

How about an athletic 9-year-old who plays three different sports and prefers fruit to fast food?

Sometimes, our preconceived notions about high cholesterol don’t match reality – particularly when it comes to kids who inherit high cholesterol from their family. Did you know it was even possible for seemingly healthy children to have cholesterol so high that they’re actually up to 100 times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke at a young age?

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