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Regular exercise supports digestive health.
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Maintaining Good Digestive Health

  Most of us have been there – stress or anxiety strikes, your brain sends a distress signal to your gut, and the next thing you know you’ve got a churning stomach.  The occasional “gut reaction” is one thing, but a recent survey indicated that 74 percent of the U.S. […]

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents, March 2017 (Pedcast)
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Interesting Conversations w/ Parents, March 2017 (Pedcast)

Voice Intro Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician. People call me Doc Smo. My patients bring up such interesting topics…so interesting that a few years ago, I started sharing some of them with my blog audience. I […]

The Chickenpox/ Shingles Story (Pedcast)
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The Chickenpox/ Shingles Story (Pedcast)

Voice introduction I was having a discussion the other day with the mom of one of my patients. She was asking me why we vaccinate children against chickenpox; a disease that her mother told her was a benign mild childhood illness that doesn’t hurt kids.  Keep in mind that almost […]