Women’s Health

School Pollution Domes: Let The Building Boom Begin

School Pollution Domes: Let The Building Boom Begin

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 [...]

Top Ten Parenting Posts of 2012

Top Ten Parenting Posts of 2012

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 [...]

Make Your Own Yogurt!

Make Your Own Yogurt!

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 [...]

Pain Relief For Kids: A Guide To Proper Dosing

Pain Relief For Kids: A Guide To Proper Dosing

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 [...]

Medical Tests: How Many Are Ordered Too Often? A Lot.

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 [...]

Are Routine Dental X-rays Dangerous?

Are Routine Dental X-rays Dangerous?

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. [...]

Got Winter Blues? Here's How To Fight It

Got Winter Blues? Here’s How To Fight It

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 [...]

High Cholesterol Hits Home...

High Cholesterol Hits Home…

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 [...]