Two-dose HPV Vaccine

We’ve already written about the many reasons why both boys and girls should receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine (Human Papilloma Virus and the HPV Vaccine Facts and 9 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Children Against HPV, just to name two). But there has been a recent change parents of younger children need to be aware of. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a two-dose series HPV vaccine for children ages 9-14 who do not have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised).

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Self-care for “Down There”

I have started writing this post numerous times, but I keep shelving it because I’m never sure how it will be received. But after seeing a staggering number of patients with issues in their nether-regions in the past few weeks (it is one of the top patient questions I get), I figured it’s time.  We need to be frank about personal hygiene for the private parts.

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Young Athlete Earns All-America Honors While Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes

Kelby in Orlando, after earning All-American honors in the javelin.Kelby Crotty’s summer was impressive, without qualification.

A Pardeeville sixth-grader, Kelby earned All-America status while competing in the javelin at the AAU Club National Championships in Orlando, Florida in July.

Prior to that, in June, he traveled to Waukesha for the USA Track and Field Wisconsin State Meet, where he placed third in the javelin and fifth in the shotput and discus. A first-place finish in the AAU Central District Qualifier in Rockford, Illinois followed a week later. He was also third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.

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Bipolar Disorder

With the recent death of Carrie Fisher (RIP, General Organa), a vocal advocate for mental health, there has been a lot of discussion around bipolar disorder. There are several basic types of bipolar disorder; all of them involve clear changes in moods, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extreme emotional highs, feelings of elation, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). It’s normal for people to have some moods swings between high and low, so what makes this psychiatric disorder such a big deal?

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Winter Dry Skin

For parents, there is likely a collective groan at the thought of the winter routine – namely the daily dressing of coats, snow pants, mittens and hats just to go to school. But as we spend time tracking down matching mittens and the missing snow boot this winter, we also need to think about our skin care routine.

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