Life & Health


Dealing with separation anxiety

Published on October 2, 2015 By Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Separation anxiety occurs when a child becomes emotionally upset when a parent or caregiver leaves for a period of time, whether it’s minutes or several hours. A child may cry, cling to you, or throw a tantrum if he or she feels they will not see you again. Severe anxiety can even evoke physical responses such as nausea or stomachaches.

Separation anxiety can affect children at several different stages in life. At four to nine months of age, babies begin to understand object permanence, and may become upset if you leave the room. Toddlers aged 15 to 18 months may also display signs o...

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Helping chronic kidney disease patients prepare for a nephrology visit

Published on September 28, 2015 By Fahima Nasreen, MD, nephrology, Mount Nittany Physician Group

If you have been to the doctor recently and were told that you have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—a medical term for low kidney function—you likely have many questions. If you were scheduled to see a nephrologist, you may wonder who a nephrologist is, how you can prepare for your visit, how your kidney function is determined, how severe your problem is, what renal replacement therapy is, and what you can do to stay healthy. Today, I will answer these questions and help you prepare for your visit to the nephrologist. The primary function of the kidney is to clean the blood. The fu...

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Cosmetics Blog

The secrets to healthy, fall skin

Published on September 23, 2015

Fall is quickly approaching, and I’m already starting to see the leaves change colors. This comes close to tying with summer for one of my favorite times of the year. I love the weather, the fall festivals and pumpkin everything (coffee, desserts, lotions and did I mention our pumpkin facial mask in the office?) As the weather and seasons change, so should your skincare routine. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; just a few minor changes and you’re good to go!

Cooler fall air and the start of a dry season can take their toll on your skin. Tiny lines and wrinkles show...

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  • Dealing with separation anxiety
  • Helping chronic kidney disease patients prepare for a nephrology visit
  • The secrets to healthy, fall skin





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