A collection of columns by Ahwatukee medical experts Agnes Oblas, Astrid Heathcote, Michael Urig and Rashmi "Rush" Bhatnagar.

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  • Commentary by Agnes Oblas
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Pretend it is your birthday and there is a beautifully decorated cake in front of you with candles lit and glowing. Friends and family gather …

  • By Astrid Heathcote Special to AFN
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With the weather being back to three-digit temperatures, it is very easy to dismiss maintaining an exercise schedule, because it’s “just too h…

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  • By Astrid Heathcote
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A report from the Centers for Disease Control in December of 2009 found that one in 110 children in America today have an autism spectrum diso…

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  • By Astrid Heathcote
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The holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and stretching through New Year’s, often involves intense stress and even depression. Some of …

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  • Commentary by Astrid Heathcote
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Over the years of working with families and children, one common denominator has emerged that warrants all parents’ and educators immediate at…

  • Commentary by Astrid Heathcote
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year-olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. About 1…

  • Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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Preparing a birth plan is a frequent topic of articles on websites and in pregnancy magazines. Many pregnant patients wonder about this concep…

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  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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Proper nutrition during pregnancy is key to promoting healthy development of the fetus as well as managing weight gain. And while most foods a…

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  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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The most common sexually-transmitted disease, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), causes genital warts and is responsible for the onset of cervical ca…

  • By Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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Let the games begin! As many students are training for football, baseball, hockey, soccer and other sports, this is also the time of year for …

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  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar
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A newly published study from researchers at Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine reported the first documented link betw…

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  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar
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As the year-end holidays are approaching, many people are struggling to find resources to pay for celebrations and gifts. Dental insurance is …

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  • Commentary by Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar
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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) estimates that Halloween candy sales will top $2.22 billion.

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