Posts by Lisa McMahan

When are antibiotics necessary?

Antibiotics save lives. We use antibiotics to treat infections, and there is no doubt that in many instances, antibiotics are truly lifesaving. However, the Centers for Disease Control and...

ADHD and sleep: What’s the connection?

What the headlines say ADHD is associated with a markedly increased incidence of behaviorally related sleep problems. That includes challenges like not wanting to go to bed or having behavior...

OCD to me: It takes courage

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Bernstein is a youth advocate for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), having lived with it for many years. He is the author of "OCD to Me: An Anthology of Anxieties," and he's...

Your flu vaccine questions, answered

Why should my family get vaccinated for flu this season? Last year’s flu season was one of the highest severity flu seasons on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Explaining the unexplainable

The news may be scary, but kids can cope through talk and play. Between natural disasters, violence and political drama, turning on the news these days can be frightening for anyone. Add the task...

Joint decision

When talking to teens about legalized cannabis, speaking frankly is key. Now that recreational cannabis is legal for Oregonians 21 and older, experts are expecting a rise of marijuana...

When food bites back

How to avoid foodborne illness – and what to do when it strikes Whether you call it food poisoning, a stomach bug or simply tummy trouble, getting hit with a foodborne illness isn’t fun—and it...

Heart restart

Playful fitness is possible for kids with heart conditions For parents of children who live in the shadow of a congenital heart problem, even simple activities can cause a knot of anxiety. Even...

Preventing the preventable: what you need to know about measles

Another large exposure of a dangerous infection: This is always a newsworthy event, but it often occurs in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, we have such an event currently happening in our...

Got (non-dairy) milk?

Alt-milks are great for grownups, but dairy is king for kids. As adults, we may prefer the lower-calorie, plant-based alternative “milks” available these days. But is a non-dairy beverage the...