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Good News: Family’s Grief Turns to Joy After Medical Breakthrough

New parents Seth Galena and Hindy Poupko Galena were over the moon when they welcomed their daughter Ayelet into the world in December 2009. But soon, Ayelet began having digestive problems that their pediatrician couldn’t fix, and eventually the little girl was diagnosed with dyskeratosis congenita, a rare genetic disorder that makes it hard for the body to produce healthy cells. Despite a bone marrow transplant, Ayelet lost her fight against the disease and died in January 2012, shortly after her second birthday. But Ayelet’s brief life had a greater purpose: A study that she participated in through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) resulted in a groundbreaking medical advancement and enabled her parents to have a child who didn’t have the disorder. Click here for more on Ayelet’s story!

Sweet Talk

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Giving your child a treat once in a while is fine, but if a junk food diet is the norm in your home, you could be giving your kids an early death sentence.

According to the National Cancer Institute, researchers have uncovered a link between obesity and several forms of cancer. Doctors believe there may be a correlation between obesity earlier in life and health complications later.

One study estimates up to four percent of new cases of cancer in America in men and seven percent in women were due to obesity. And children who struggle with their weight usually carry that problem into adulthood.

If you’re a parent take steps now to instill a healthy diet, exercise, and sleep habits into your child. And don’t forget to model them yourself. Cutting the calories may mean cutting everyone’s chances of cancer.

If you would like to see other blogs by Dr. Walt on this topic, click here and then click on today’s story.

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Baby Talk

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Doctors, including myself, encourage new moms to talk to their baby a lot. The communication helps form a bond, develops the baby’s brain, and grows multiple language skills.

Now what if you were told to talk to your baby before the actual birth? Well, research is showing it could make a difference. A new study shows that unborn babies can hear and distinguish their mom’s voice while still in the womb. In fact they can recognize certain words.

This reinforces the importance of talking to babies and being aware of their environment even before birth. you can talk, share Bible verses, pray, or even sing as your pregnancy moves towards the big day.

You may be helping to develop your baby’s brain. Even better you’ll develop a greater love for your little one, and that will help both of your hearts.

If you would like to see other blogs by Dr. Walt on this topic, click here and then click on today’s story.

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A Happy Ending

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It’s a moment most of us dread—a solemn-faced doctor enters a room, looks you in the eyes, and says you only have a few months to live.

As a doctor, I’ve had to deliver that news, and it’s never easy. Yet, there’s something that can make a difference for most terminal patients.

Researchers interviewed people with a life expectancy of three months or less. Patients were asked about suicidal thoughts, depression, hopelessness, and other life issues.

Those who dealt with their condition the best and didn’t wish to hasten their death were found to have a strong sense of spiritual well-being.

Actually, numerous studies have shown spirituality to have positive benefits emotionally and physically. Don’t wait for the bad news. Consider involving yourself in a faith community as a positive step for your overall health. Even at the end of your story, there can be a happy ending.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Shop Till They Drop

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A shopping trip with young kids can be quite a juggling act—and as it turns out, a potentially dangerous one. There’s more than falling prices going on.

Latest findings show one child goes to the ER for a shopping cart injury every twenty-two minutes—or over 24,000 a year. That may give you sticker shock, but I hope it leads to safer shopping.

The majority of injuries came from children simply falling out of a cart—either from not being restrained or riding in the basket. But many injuries occurred from carts tipping over or collisions.

I remember plenty of times I went shopping with my children. The temptation to leave them “just for a moment” is real. And we all know a fussy baby hates to be strapped in. Unfortunately, compromising can leave you checking out of the store—and checking into the hospital.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Music and Moods

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Does music affect your teenager’s behavior? We know that your kids probably don’t think so. And, many parents would agree. But if you underestimate the power of music, I have some information that might make you change your tune.

In a four-year study, researchers discovered that teens who gravitated towards gothic, punk, heavy metal and hardcore dance music by the age of 12, showed displays of rebellious behavior–including shoplifting, vandalism, fighting, and graffiti spraying until the age of 16. Other researchers have found violent lyrics can lead to negative behaviors.

The study also found that teens who listened to mainstream pop, classical music, and jazz, showed no such results.

Your kids may not agree, but I believe parents need to know what music their children are listening to.  What reaches their ears really can change their minds—and their emotional health with it.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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A Mother’s Eye

Wanted: for assisting in the obesity of a child—mom and dad.

That’s right—a new study has revealed a parent’s eyes may be blind when it comes to their children’s waistline.

 

Researchers measured the body mass of children. Then interviewed the kid’s parents, asking what they thought. In their eyes, were their children underweight, overweight or just right?

 

Over fifty percent of the parents of overweight or obese children told doctors they felt their child’s weight was fine.

 

According to this review, the loving, subjective eye of a parent may be missing the mark with a potential health hazard—overweight and obese children usually become obese adults.

 

Parents, you’re the first line of defense in establishing good habits and preventing disease in your family—and that includes keeping a sharp eye on your child’s weight gain and waist line.

 

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

 

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Everyday Overdose

tylenol

It’s likely that your family regularly uses it. It shows up in hundreds of everyday products. If fact, you even give it to your kids.

Yet, this drug is the nation’s leading cause of liver failure, and is one of the top drugs causing overdoses around the world.

I’m talking about acetaminophen.

However, I’m not hear to warn you about Tylenol or other drugs that contain acetaminophen, but to teach you how easy it is to overdose on everyday drugs.

For example, if you’re sick, you may take acetaminophen as a pain reliever three to four times a day. Then, you may take a cold medicine too, not knowing that it contains acetaminophen. Now, you’re already at risk of taking too much.

Pay special attention to the active ingredients in every medicine you take—especially if you’re using a pain reliever and cold medicines. Even with the best intentions, you can cause more harm than good.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Broken Spring Break

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There’s nothing like getting away on a vacation.

Now, R & R allows you to get away from your cares, but you shouldn’t leave your health behind too. According to at least one study, a vacation could land you in the emergency room.

Researchers studied those who suffered a heart attack while on vacation. They found heart attacks were twice as likely in those who took their vacation by car—and ten times more likely if they stayed in a tent.

Now, I’m not trying to discourage taking vacations, because most studies show the benefits far outweigh the risks. In fact, I consider vacations, especially family vacations and camping, a form of preventive medicine.

However, if you have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease, you may want to consider flying or taking a train, plus choosing more comfortable accommodations. Take a vacation that is safe for you.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here.

Good News: Woman Loses 160 Pounds

 

Weddings are an important milestone in the lives of the bride and groom, but Jayme Hunsinger never thought someone else’s wedding would change her own life.  Jayme, 30, said she was always “the biggest, tallest kid” growing up.  The mental health therapist had tried everything to lose weight, but she got a call in the fall of 2006 to be the maid of honor in her stepsister’s wedding. It was her aha moment.  At the time, she weighed 304 pounds. Jayme’s aunt recommended that she try Weight Watchers, the popular weight-loss program. By the time of the wedding, in June 2007, Jayme had lost 80 pounds. The compliments that followed motivated her to keep going. After the birth of her daughter, Anna, in 2010, her weight loss plateaued, but by January of 2013, she had recommitted to her goal and picked up running.  She has now lost a total of 160 pounds.  Check out her before and after pictures here.