After six and a half years here in Beijing, I can comfortably say that I have joined the ranks of the long term expats. What’s our secret?
Here in Beijing we have a residential area near the airport called Shunyi, which is essentially a collection of uber-suburban villa complexes surrounded by corn fields and the ever-dwindling scattered village. You can sip your Starbucks coffee and almost convince [...]
How much should a parent worry about air pollution’s effect on their children? China Daily reporter and soon-to-be-dad DJ Clark interviewed me along with Chris Buckley and others to find the answer. Here’s his video:
If the tooth fairy gave you 10,000 RMB every year in China that you could only spend on your health, what would you buy? Would you get an air purifier? How about a gym membership; an organic delivery service; a [...]
It’s hard enough being a parent anywhere, but adding China-specific hassles could give anyone a headache. Here are my favorite parenting posts from 2012: Cough Syrups For Kids: Do Any Work Well? – Short answer? Not really. Better answer: honey! Make [...]
I’m a big fan of yogurt, and many of my blog posts have discussed yogurt’s health benefits. It’s a great dairy source of calcium, vitamin D, protein and others. It may even help to lose weight, and the healthy bacteria [...]
Which websites do you turn to for health information? There are thousands of healthcare sites offering advice, but a sizable portion are either trying to sell you something you don’t need or simply do not provide evidence-based recommendations. I’ve researched many websites throughout [...]
Treating a fever in a child still uses the same two medicines for decades: ibuprofen (Motrin, 布洛芬) and paracetamol/acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, ). But dosing is actually really tricky, as there are different concentrations for infants and toddlers, and it’s all [...]
How does the EWG get away with scaring consumers about sunscreen?
I do a lot of health checks in my family clinic here at BJU, and a large percentage have problems with their cholesterol tests. Since high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, I focus a [...]
It’s hard to think of common medical folklore more ingrained than PSA tests for men and calcium supplements for women. And yet last week we had a couple of very strong studies which are questioning both of these fundamentals, causing [...]
A couple weeks ago I wrote about new research questioning routine dental x-ray screening safety. This issue of over-testing patients with potentially dangerous screening tests is actually quite a big deal, and this important issue got even more coverage just a couple weeks [...]
On this week’s “health headlines” podcast I discuss a provocative case-control study that suggests that the more dental x-rays people get (especially when under 10 years old), there is a higher risk of a common brain cancer called a meningioma. [...]
Air pollution is an unfortunate reality for all of us in China as only 1% of all cities meet the World Health Organization’s guidelines for healthy air. Beijing’s air is particularly notorious (and is worse than Shanghai or Guangzhou), but [...]
Last October I had a fantastic week in Boston for the annual convention of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and I still vividly remember the excitement and energy of these thousands of doctors. One common theme from their many discussions [...]
A couple years ago I wrote a post discussing data showing how some red meats are bad for your heart; now a major new study again confirms this concept. This huge study from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data [...]
Obesity is a major health crisis all over the world now, and it’s clear both to patients and to doctors that losing weight — and keeping it off — is incredibly difficult. Unfortunately there’s growing evidence why this is so: [...]
Coffee addicts should rejoice at today’s news: another study shows a link between drinking coffee and lowered risk of developing diabetes.
I’m a big, big fan of omega-3 fish oil. I’d add it to every city’s water supply if it didn’t float on top and clog the drains. I personally think if you had to choose only one daily supplement, you [...]
December’s long nights are here, and while our holiday preparations can be exciting, many people feel stressed and depressed during these long winter months. Some people who tend towards depression may have worse symptoms; others have what is called “seasonal [...]
I’ve simplified my supplements this year and now only take vitamin D and fish oil. Both of these made the news again last week, and both stories reinforced my belief that they both are uniquely powerful supplements for almost anyone, at any age.
I’ve been in America for 2 weeks at conventions, and I must admit that I find Boston’s autumn blue skies absolutely thrilling. I’ve literally been oohing and aahing at the deep blue skies, which are radiating the bright orange leaves, [...]
I’m in America right now, visiting my family for the first time in over a year. I’ve been having a wonderful time with them – right up until my older brother casually told me how, a year ago, his cholesterol [...]
Today is World Rabies Day, and to promote this important issue I’ve decided to share with you a not-very-hypothetical scenario, along with three different outcomes. Which one would you choose for your precious child? The Scenario: A 5-year old expat [...]