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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM.   His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

More recently, Dr. Smith has adopted the 21st century technology of audio and video podcasting as conduits for the short health and wellness reports, HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE.  Many of these have video versions, and they may be found on his YouTube page:

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.

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Apr 5, 2019


With the coming of ever warmer weather, the news here is bad news.  At least 1000 children perish due to preventable drownings every year, and accidental drowning is the single leading cause of injury-related death for kids 1 to 4 years of age.  These tragedies occur because naturally-curious kids gain unexpected access to water.  Those children also at a high risk of drowning are teens who tend to be overconfident about their swimming skills.

These drownings are all preventable, and the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents about a few simple rules:

  • Teach your child to swim after the first birthday if your pediatrician agrees he or she is developmentally ready.
  • Never leave children alone or with another child near any water: pools, bathtubs, spas, or any open water including toilets.
  • When infants and toddlers are around water, an adult who is a good swimmer should be within arm’s reach.
  • An adult with lifesaving skills should supervise teen swimming.

Drownings can occur in an instant!  Keep vigilant and keep your kids safe and alive.

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