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Mindfulness Training Prevents Burnout, Boosts Compassion Among Doctors

This article was featured in The Huffington Post on September 13, 2013. A growing body of research has shown multiple benefits of mindfulness, including helping smokers quit their habit, improving sleep quality, and even helping students score higher on standardized … Continue reading

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Join Meriter at the 2012 Heart Walk!

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is a healthy, fun, family event that promotes physical activity as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle and raises funds for research and programs to fight heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases … Continue reading

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Tylenol Changes and Dosing Recommendations

Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen and APAP) is a pain reliever and fever reducer very commonly used in children. As you know, however,  the dosing can be very confusing. Up until now, there have been so many different formulas, strengths … Continue reading

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Taste of Your Own Medicine

Much of my job as a pediatrician is helping educate families on different safety and general health recommendations, and while I know that at times the things that are discussed in the office may sound idealistic, I do try my … Continue reading

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Defend Yourself Against Seasonal Flu

Are you wondering whether you should get a flu shot this year? A flu shot is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. If you are likely to be around children younger than 6 months, it is especially important that … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n Blues Concert a Success!

Three area bands performed a benefit concert last Sunday at the High Noon Saloon to benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County. All of the bands in the Rock ‘n Blues concert featured one member who works … Continue reading

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Sports Nutrition: Fueling Up for Competition

As you gear up for back-to-school, many of your children are beginning fall sports practice. It’s important to keep nutrition in mind.  Your child should be eating properly for optimal sports performance and overall health.  Below are some things to … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Black Bean Brownies

I’ve been trying to get my family away from eating sugar for the past year. It hasn’t been too difficult with respect to meals. We avoid sugary sauces and we make sure we eat lots of dark green vegetables instead … Continue reading

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Probiotoics: What Parents Should Know

I’ve been receiving some questions from parents regarding probiotics for their children, so I thought I’d give a quick primer on the facts about probiotics, as well as my thoughts on using them. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are essentially living … Continue reading

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual … Continue reading

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Bedtime Head Banging: Things to Consider

Many kids exhibit rhythmic behaviors at night such as head-banging or rocking back and forth or making rhythmic sounds. Although these behaviors can seem bizarre, they are a quite normal part of a child’s development. About 5 % of children … Continue reading

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New Car Seat Recommendations: Keep them Rear Facing

On March 21st, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated recommendations stating that all children should ride rear-facing until at least age 2 or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat for rear-positioning.  Currently, … Continue reading

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Sudden Death in Young Athletes

There have been several recent news stories about young, teenage athletes dying during sporting events, including the poignant story of a teenager who made a game-winning shot in his basketball game and collapsed seconds later.  These stories are heartbreaking and … Continue reading

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Welcome Family Medicine Physician Robert A. Golden, MD

The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome Dr. Robert A. Golden to Meriter McKee. “I believe that to provide the highest quality of care, it is important to establish an honest doctor-patient relationship, to teach, answer questions, and include … Continue reading

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Welcome Family Medicine Physician W. Michael Wilson, MD

The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome Dr. W. Michael Wilson to Meriter McKee. Dr. Wilson is a Family Medicine physician who can provide primary health care for your entire family. “It is a privilege to get to know … Continue reading

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Cause of ADHD Remains a Mystery

Recently a parent asked me about how to prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and whether there was an link between TV watching as a child and the onset of the disorder later in life. Unfortunately, the truth is that … Continue reading

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Safe Sleep for Newborns and Infants

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the “sudden death of an infant under one year of age, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and review … Continue reading

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New Vitamin D Recommendations for Infants, Children and Teens

Recent studies show that most children aren’t getting enough vitamin D just by drinking milk. We are seeing vitamin D deficiency in infants, children, adolescents and adults. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to several conditions such as rickets, a disease … Continue reading

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Kids and Fireplace Danger

Fireplaces provide heat in the cold winter months of Wisconsin and provide a nice ambiance. However, as a pediatrician, almost every year I see or hear of a young child with serious burns from a fireplace. Most parents understand the … Continue reading

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What Parents Should Know about Kids & TV

Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that 2 year olds not watch TV and older children watch no more than 1 to hours a day, most children are watching more. According to the Kaiser foundation, 2/3 of … Continue reading

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Tips to Keep Your Baby Healthy this Winter

All  babies, no matter when they are born, have immature immune systems. Because of this, we know we need to do everything we can to protect them from getting sick. “Viral season” in Wisconsin starts in early November and usually … Continue reading

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What Parents Need to Know about Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV)

As a pediatrician and a parent, I have come to dread the winter months.  Everywhere you turn, people are coughing and blowing their noses.  It seems impossible to escape the germs and stay healthy!  Thankfully, most of these illnesses are … Continue reading

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