• What is the Newborn State Screening test?

    What is the Newborn State Screening test?

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   February 28th is ‘Rare Disease Day’. Rare Disease Day is an annual event to raise awareness and advocate for children and adults impacted by rare diseases. One important tool that we have in diagnosing certain rare diseases is the Newborn State Screen (NBS).  The NBS is quick, easy, and we

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  • (More) COVID-19 FAQs and My Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccine

    (More) COVID-19 FAQs and My Experience with the COVID-19 Vaccine

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD Should I worry about the new Coronavirus variants? Viruses mutate. This is not new or concerning. however, the viral mutants discovered in the UK and South Africa seem to have made the Coronavirus more contagious. Both strains have now been identified in the United States (and the UK variant has been

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  • Does your child suffer from eczema?

    By: Brooke Slater, CPNP Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is a common childhood rash that presents with an itchy, scaly, red and bumpy rash. Eczema is often referred to as “the itch that rashes” given the intense itchiness that can precede the red, scaly patches. This can often present in the first year of

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  • COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

    COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

    How do the COVID-19 vaccines work The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both mRNA vaccines. This is a new type of vaccine that has not been used before. mRNA is the genetic material of the coronavirus. A small piece of the coronavirus mRNA that codes for its harmless ‘spike protein’ is injected. Our cells take-up

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