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Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Physician, Wellness Coach, and founder of Tips From Town. She is passionate about sharing her medical expertise, her coaching techniques and her parenting experience to encourage happier and healthier lives.

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Girls are more likely to tear an ACL

I marvel at the abuse my daughters’ bodies take on the field, and I am ever impressed by all female athletes, because, as a non-athlete middle aged woman, everything they do looks really painful. If I bang my elbow while reaching for something, I need a nap, an ice pack, and a margarita. If I […]

Teens Reveal Which App is Most Stressful

Also Read: When Snapchat is Your Teen’s Main Mode of Communication The other day, Lorelei (age 14) casually mentioned something about social media and said, “I posted there because it is less stressful.” I know social media adds stress to their lives, but I hadn’t given much thought about which platform is more anxiety producing and […]

A New Healthier Slant on a Walk

Every Thursday until March 27th, Valley Health System is sponsoring a walk and learn at Garden State Plaza. Meet up with a doctor and kill two birds with one stone … get fit and learn more about staying well from an expert. Walks start at 7am at Valley’s new Wellness & Walk-In Care Center (level […]

Which Social Media App is the Most Stressful?

Also Read: When Snapchat is Your Teen’s Main Mode of Communication The other day, Lorelei (age 14) casually mentioned something about social media and said, “I posted there because it is less stressful.” I know social media adds stress to their lives, but I hadn’t given much thought about which platform is more anxiety producing […]

What You Need to Know About Vaping

Why, oh why, does there always have to be something new to worry about?!? What the hell is vaping and why does it seem everyone is doing it? It all started with the introduction of e-cigarettes in 2007. Now, there are several different types of vaping devices, including MODS or advanced personal vaporizers and vape pens. E-cigs look like a […]

What You Need to Know About This Year’s Flu

Yes, it is that time of year again … cold and flu season.  We’ve got you covered, from prevention to treatment. The 2019-2020 Flu is Here TAMIFLU: Does It Really Cure the Flu? GERM ALERT: Are Your Gloves Making You Sick? TRY A HOMEMADE REMEDY: Homemade Honey & Onion Remedy for Coughs and Colds THE STOMACH […]

Can You Get Sick from Germs on your Gloves?

Also Read: Everything You Need to Know About the Flu Republished from 2018 Last year, on Good Morning America, I was asked to comment about the danger of the the flu virus attaching itself to the gloves we wear to keep our hands warm. I’ll jump at the chance to talk about the flu, which has killed more than 100 people […]

Does Tamiflu Work?

Read: Everything You Need to Know About the Flu Also read: Everything You Need to Know About the Flu You or someone in your family was just diagnosed with the flu. Now what? Just like the flu shot, there is a lot of controversy about Tamiflu, and with it, lots of misinformation. Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is an anti-viral medication, which has its limitations. […]

Flu Season 2019 – 2020

What do you need to know to protect your family?

Mediterranean Diet Wins

I saw a Good Morning America post that said the Mediterranean diet was named the best diet overall for 2020. What does that mean? Who decides? What is it based on? Why did it win? The results were reported by U.S. News which evaluated 35 diets with input from health experts. The basis for entry was that the diet […]