Heart Health Month: Part One: Obesity in Children and Adolescents – By the Numbers

By , February 10th, 2015 | Exercise, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Childhood ObesityChelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

All parents want what is best for their children. Keeping our kids healthy is a top priority and childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents.

Nearly 1 in 3 kids or teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese; nearly three times the number in 1963.

According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in 2011-2102, 17% of children and adolescents age two-to-19 years old were considered obese. Obesity is defined as having a BMI (body mass index) >95 percentile. That is almost 20 out of every 100 children!

As of 2010, almost 25% of children under the age of 18 …

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Motion Sickness

By , November 25th, 2014 | Holiday, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Motion SicknessChelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

The holiday season begins this week and many families will be on the road traveling to see family and friends. With everything you have to think about when traveling with children, one to add to the list is the potential for motion sickness. Motion sickness is rather common in children and adults. It occurs when your body’s senses of movement don’t all match up with each other. Your body uses the eyes, inner ears and muscles to sense movement. When in a car, plane or boat, for example, often your eyes are seeing something very different than what your body and ears are sensing.

Here are some ideas on …

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A Day in the Life of a Pediatrician

By , October 16th, 2014 | News, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

459874055Getting to know patients and their families and establishing relationships is of the utmost importance to Aleksandr Melikov, MD, a pediatrician at Renown Health.

Dr. Melikov shares some of the highlights from a recent shift to give us an insight into a typical day in the life of a Pediatrician.

6:30 a.m.
I wake up, check the pager for any newborns that have been born overnight and assigned to me to visit.  Pager shows no newborns, so I have some time to jog in the neighborhood.

7 a.m.
Check my email, news, stock market.

7:30 a.m.
I shower, eat breakfast and help my boys to start their day.

8 a.m.
I drive to the office.

8:30 a.m.
I join my team for a short …

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