seasonal topics

During the winter months, people often find themselves feeling more depressed or anxious.  Some may wonder if this feeling is due to the months slipping by, less sunshine, or perhaps it’s caused by the holidays. The aforementioned can be contributing factors to ... read more

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure that they have a safe holiday. You can find topics on child health, development, and safety on All Dressed Up: P... read more

It’s back to school time across the country. As parents are gearing their kids up for the new year, there’s one major thing they need to prepare for, germs.  Kids and germs seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Schools are major hosts for germs and... read more

Well it is still time for surf, sand, sun, and… Stingrays! Our southern beaches are home for thousands of Round Rays. Seal Beach itself has more than 400 stingray injuries per year and populated by nearly 20,000 rays. Stingrays also love Santa Monica, Newport Bea... read more

Dry and secondary drowning are two different respiratory conditions that can occur after accidentally inhaling water. Due to reduced lung size and capacities, children are much more prone to getting these conditions after having been around large bodies of water. A... read more

Summer in Southern California is a time of great joy and anticipation of all the wonders that SoCal has to offer.  Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather and an opportunity to create wonderful memories with family and fri... read more

What is sunscreen?  Sunscreen is a lotion, gel or spray that protects the skin from ultraviolet light. By absorbing or reflecting the sun’s ultraviolet light or radiation, sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn.  The American Cancer Society recommends the ... read more

Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Most people are aware that too much sun on non-sunscreened skin can lead to aging, wrinkles and skin cancer. But what most people forget is the same harmful rays can also damage your ey... read more

What are seasonal allergies? Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, ear aches, and scratchy throat (depending on the time of year) are all signs of common seasonal allergies. In Southern California, our allergy season can start as early as mid-winter, and each... read more

Question: Dr. Kiskila, what is smog? Answer: Smog comes from the combination of the words “smoke” and “fog” and is a form of air pollution. Smog is created by coal, gas and diesel powered engines, smoke from factories and construction sites, paint, solvents... read more

Honey baked ham, gravy, pumpkin pie and cookies are just a few reasons why we look forward to the holidays. What we don’t look forward to is getting on the scale after the season is over. It’s hard to not overindulge, but there are ways you can stay both full a... read more