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Baby Steps In the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

The CDC just released the nation’s latest report card on childhood obesity. For several decades, obesity rates in pre-schoolers rose. Then, from 2003-2008, there seemed to be a plateau. Now, for the first time, many states are seeing small but definite declines in preschooler obesity rates.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Are Infant Sleep Positioners Safe?

An infant sleep positioner may seem like a good idea. They're said to improve babies' sleep and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). BEWARE!

These devices are dangerous and the FDA says don't use them.

Please heed this Wake Up Call:

Dr. Sandy Says: Take A Hike!

Running just may not be what you want to do, or indeed can. Dr. Sandy has good news: walking – done right – offers you the same benefits.

Here's a quick promo:

Watch the Take A Hike

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Pets Have Health Benefits for People?

Pets are great companions, and a new study says they are also good for your health.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, says having a pet could lower your heart disease risk.

Previous studies have also linked having a pet to having lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.

Watch Good Dog for the details:

Dr. Sandy Says: Type 2 Diabetes is a Silent Threat

Tens of millions of Americans are pre-diabetic. Most don’t know it.

This weekend on Your Health Matters, Dr. Sandy explains why adults with risk factors for Type 2 diabetes need to be tested … right now!

Wacth Type 2 Trouble:

Diabetes and Weight Lifting

Here's some welcome news for type 2 diabetics that may sound too good to be true.

You can get your blood sugar under better control without adding a new medication…and you don’t have to lose weight: you only have to lift them.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Should Parents Encourage Kids To Clean Their Plates?

Clean your plate. Growing up, I heard that a lot from my mom. She wanted to make sure I ate a well balanced diet. And it worked then...But maybe not now.

Portion sizes have gotten bigger. Unfortunately, so have too many of our kids.

Telling your kids to clean their plates could be counter productive. Here's why:

Dr. Sandy Says: Prostate Cancer Screening

PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen. It may indicate prostate cancer. But – it may not.

Here's a look at what's coming up on Your Health Matters this weekend on GPB:

In the full segment Dr. Sandy looks at the important discussion of when men need to be tested, and treated.

Baldness and Heart Disease

Nearly half of adult men are losing their hair.
They could be losing their hearts too.

A new study links baldness to an increased risk of heart disease.

The study, published in the medical journal BMJ Open, reviewed more than 850 studies dating back to the 1950's.

Where you're balding is important.

Thinning at the crown indicates an increased risk of heart disease by at least one-third.

For those with both frontal and crown-top baldness, risk was increased by nearly 70%.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Antibiotic Warning

On March 12, 2013, the FDA issued a safety warning linking azithromycin use to fatal heart rhythms. It refers to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found increases in heart related deaths in those taking azithromycin as compared to other antibiotics.

What you should know about this common drug: