The Hidden Expense of Electronics

The Hidden Expense of Electronics

Have you purchased or checked in to buying the latest electronic gadgets? Wow, are they expensive! For example, the latest Ipod touch will run around $200! That doesn’t include the protective case or all the apps! While products like Ipods, Ipads, smart phones, gaming systems, tablets and personal entertainment devices cost lots of money, the financial expense is no comparison to how much excessive “screen time” on those devices are costing young minds.

3 little things to consider about the bigger picture with body image and eating disorders.

3 little things to consider about the bigger picture with body image and eating disorders.

BODY IMAGE:  – the way you see yourself when you look in the mirror – is something that has been talked about A LOT over the past 25 years.  In recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to talk to you about the things that put those thoughts in a lot of girls’ heads.  Our hope is that you learn something that will help you avoid this very serious problem, AND help you feel

3 little things to consider about the bigger picture with body image and eating disorders.

BODY IMAGE:  – the way you see yourself when you look in the mirror – is something that has been talked about A LOT over the past 25 years.  In recognition of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to talk to you about the things that put those thoughts in a lot of girls’ heads.  Our hope is that you learn something that will help you avoid this very serious problem, AND help you feel

Welcoming the newest member to the ABC Family, Autumn Karsko, LCSW-A

Welcoming the newest member to the ABC Family, Autumn Karsko, LCSW-A

Welcome Autumn!  Autumn Karsko, LCSW-A earned her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and then followed that with her Masters of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. Autumn has worked in an outpatient mental health setting with children and adolescents in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as been a part of a sexual assault hospital response team in Wilmington, NC.

Flu Season is Approaching! What to do to help prevent the Flu

At ABC Pediatrics, we want you to be prepared for this flu season. There are multiple things that you can do to help PREVENT getting the flu. One MAJOR choice you can make to help prevent you getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Each year, the flu vaccine is formulated with strains of flu virus that experts believe to be the infecting strains for the year. By receiving the flu vaccine, a

Help us congratulate an award-winning healthcare provider!

Gloria Jordan, PA-C was selected as the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) 2015 Physician Assistant of The Year!   The NCAPA Board of Directors in conjunction with their Awards Committee selected Mrs. Gloria Jordan, PA-C as their 2015 PA of the Year! The PA of the Year Award honors a North Carolina Physician Assistant who has demonstrated exemplary service to the profession and the community. The committee chose to recognize her for her contributions to the

Daily preparation for Spring Allergies and On-Site Allergy Testing at ABC Pediatrics Dunn, NC

spring allergy testing

Achooo! Spring is in the air, which means some of you may see an increase in seasonal allergy symptoms due to those microscopic allergy invaders known as pollen. Pollen is a plant’s form of reproduction. Pollen spreads through the air by wind. The biggest misconception with pollen seems to be that it is only around whenever we see the thick, yucky, yellow powder all over our cars, windows, and other outside surfaces, which usually takes

Measles in the U.S. and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccine. Should you be concerned?

MEASLES RASH

Let’s have an intelligent discussion about MEASLES If you have any access to electronic media: TV, radio, smart phone, social media, then you are well aware that measles has been discussed ferociously over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get an accurate picture or understanding of the current situation with measles in a 30 second sound bite or 140 characters. So, let’s spend a few minutes together and let’s take a

Update on H3N2 Influenza Infections and your Flu Vaccinations

Update on H3N2 Influenza Infections and your Flu Vaccinations

Influenza infections, especially Influenza A, are increasing in our area. At ABC Pediatrics, we have vaccinated a record number of patients this year, some for the first time, which is GREAT news! However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta are reporting that a strain of the influenza virus (H3N2) has “drifted” from the strain that was used to prepare components of this year’s vaccine. The CDC reports that 48% of the Influenza A

Ebola Virus, It’s Symptoms, and what we are doing at ABC Pediatrics

EBOLA VIRUS Our nation is being challenged by the spread of the EBOLA virus. News reports and statements from governmental sources often leave us confused as we try to absorb and process all the information around us.  Meanwhile, everyone needs factual information to prepare and properly respond to the truths and the fears associated with the Ebola virus. While the news about Ebola is changing daily, we hope the information below will be helpful to you

Enterovirus 68 Symptoms and Who’s at Risk

Human Enterovirus 68 You know about Flu (Influenza Virus) and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and Rhinoviruses that are associated with the common cold symptoms of sneezing, coughing, sore throat and mild fever. But Human Enterovirus 68 is making news headlines lately. What’s all this about? Strains of Human Enterovirus circulate every year and typically cause mild illnesses in children and teenagers in the summer and fall. Enterovirus 68 is not common. A nationwide surveillance system

The Sunshine Vitamin and it’s Importance to your Children

Mrs. Herring Discusses Vitamin D   Did you know that Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”? While it is very important to maintain a diet rich in food containing Vitamin D (see listing below), our body also makes it when it is exposed to sunlight! Hi! I’m Hannah Herring, a Certified Physician Assistant with ABC Pediatrics. I’m a big believer in making sure my patients have good Vitamin D levels. Here are some thoughts

ABC Pediatrics provides accredited in-office Laboratory for Patients

The ABC Pediatrics’ In-Office Lab is an integral component in the care of our patients.  It is staffed by two fully trained and certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) and a full time dedicated assistant.  These professionals are highly skilled at blood collection and trained in the processing and testing of specimens.  Our lab is equipped with everything necessary to collect specimens for tests requested by our Health Care team for the diagnosis and management of our

Kids Pinkeye or Conjunctivitis- A Pediatrician’s Advice

Pinkeye Advice from Nurse Carol With the most famous case of pinkeye behind us (see Bob Costas, Winter Olympics), and Spring Pollen looming ahead, Nurse Carol Aman gives a little background/advice on dealing with Conjunctivitis or Pinkeye. Conjunctivitis is the most common childhood eye infection. You may also know it as “pink eye” because the infection causes the eye to be irritated and bloodshot, thereby giving it a “pink” appearance. I’m Carol Aman, LPN and

ABC Pediatric Providers weigh in on the FDA’s banning of Trans-Fats

Recently, the FDA or US Food & Drug Administration decided to phase out the use of ALL remaining trans-fats in the food industry. This news serves as a major win in what has been a long battle by advocates of good health.With that in mind, we decided to tap into the thoughts of some of your favorite pediatric providers for some feedback on this major development. From Veronica Romero:“It should have been banned a long time