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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

‘House’ they certainly aren't — yet

By Sarah Avery




Teens diagnose their own maladies, doctors say

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Dr. Duncan Phillips has a hectic pediatric surgical practice at WakeMed hospital, and it's only getting busier.

What's generating much business is the inevitable mash-up of young patients and the Internet.

"They diagnose themselves," Phillips said, estimating he has at least one youngster a week who pinpointed his or her own medical problem after running a Google search.

The diagnoses are, of course, confirmed by real doctors, but the impetus is increasingly coming from the child. The trend is part of a national wave in which health consumers consult the Internet for medical advice.

Eighty-percent of Internet users have looked online for health information, and many report that their findings have had a significant effect on their lives, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

For youngsters who have grown up online, the Internet can provide a discreet, non judgmental answer to health concerns. The Pew report found 31 percent of teens who are online get health, dieting or physical fitness information from the Internet.

Mitchell Cook, a 17-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., said he became self-conscious three years ago when his chest plate seemed to dent inward.

He Googled "sunken chest," and discovered a condition called pectus excavatum, in which the sternum caves in. In addition to goofy videos on YouTube showing teens eating cereal from their indentations, the search yielded helpful explanations of the condition, which can cause heart and lung problems.

"I was relieved when I found out I could get it fixed," Mitchell said.

He called his parents to the computer.

"This is what I have," his mother, Mimi, recalls him telling her.

She said she hadn't noticed the indentation, which at the time was mild and didn't warrant surgery. But the condition can get worse as a child grows. Armed with that knowledge, the family asked Mitchell's pediatrician about it, and consulted Phillips, who took a wait-and-see approach.

Then last spring, Mitchell began having trouble breathing as the bone began pressing on his heart. The problem escalated through the summer, even as he trained to run a distance relay in Oregon with friends.

"We were definitely very concerned," Mimi Cook said.

Finally on Dec. 17, he had surgery at WakeMed in which Phillips implanted two metal bars across Mitchell's chest, immediately correcting the indentation. The bars will be removed in two years when his body no longer needs the support.

"I'm happy I went through it," Mitchell said.

Another young patient, Jack Goras of Greensboro, N.C., also had the pectus excavatum surgery earlier in December after diagnosing himself from an Internet search.

"I had trouble breathing and dizziness," Goras said, adding he was glad to put a name to his condition.

Phillips said Jack and Mitchell are typical of his young patients who discover significant health conditions online. Most are inquisitive boys and girls who have ready access to the Internet. Some even take cell-phone photographs of what concerns them, asking their doctors to diagnose from the snapshot.

Phillips said the prospect of youngsters using the Internet for medical inquiries is a positive development, particularly as adolescents become increasingly private and self-conscious when their bodies change. According to the Pew research, 17 percent of teens online said they used the Internet to gather information about health topics that are hard to discuss with others.

"I think it's great," Phillips said. "It's just an interesting phenomenon. Kids making their own diagnoses and teaching their parents — that's something I didn't anticipate in medical school in 1982."

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