Author Archives: Lisa M. Asta, MD

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com

Happy Holidays

The American Academy of Pediatrics Celebrates the Holidays with 12 Tips to Keep Families Joyful This Season No one wants to spend the holidays in a crabby mood – or in an emergency room. Pediatricians have you covered with some … Continue reading

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Heart Healthy Nutrition

Heart-healthy eating is healthy eating. There’s a good read from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia here. Recommended if you are trying to modify an elevated cholesterol level. Here’s the Basics: Stay active. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. … Continue reading

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Flu vaccines 2019-2020 Season

Flu Vaccines 2019-2030 Season Flu injection for 6 months to 3 years: in stock Flu injection for 3 years and older: in stock. Flumist nasal spray is recommended and available this year. Offered for 2 years and older: in stock. … Continue reading

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Unboxing Video: Ear Wax Removal

  We had fun making this unboxing video in a single take before office hours with one goof: the instrument is called an otoscope, not an ophthalmoscope. Read more about ear wax here.

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Order of the Curly Tail 2009

Spring 2009: lengthening days, green hills, and a swine flu epidemic. H1N1 influenza made its appearance a decade ago. From April 2009 to April 2010, there were over 60 million cases, a quarter million hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths in the … Continue reading

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Heat 101

Staying Healthy in the Heat 101 It’s hot! Here are some links for more information on staying well when playing or competing in the heat. Protect Your Children from Extreme Heat from the American Academy of Pediatrics Heat Related Sports … Continue reading

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Baby-Safe

The AAP July 2019 Buyers, be aware of baby safety Social media sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made it easier for small businesses to sell their work. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep safety in … Continue reading

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Summer Sports and Conditioning

Love the California sun, but summer conditioning and competition can be tough. Make sure your athlete hydrates with 8-10 ounces every 20 minutes. Coaches, athletes and parents should monitor the heat index.  The index sorts temperature and humidity into relative … Continue reading

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Game on!

Committed athlete or contemplating jumping in? The pre-participation physical and well check gets it done. 🏀⚽️🥎⚾️🎾🏐🏉🥅🏒🥋🥍 More info and links from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

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Anthem Blue Cross Mental Health

Does your child have Anthem Blue Cross MediCal and needs mental health professionals for evaluation or counseling? Please click Anthem.CFMG_Mental Health for information on connecting with your child’s insurance.

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