John Pope MD MPH


Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic and progressive disease, usually diagnosed in childhood, that causes mucus to become thick and sticky. The mucus builds up and clogs passages in the lungs, pancreas, and many other organs in the body. In the lungs, cystic fibrosis causes respiratory problems when thicker-than-normal mucus…

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in your spine. In scoliosis, your spine makes a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter “S” or the letter “C.” The spine may also be twisted (rotated). If this curve is severe, it can cause pain and make it hard to breathe. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and don’t…

Physical Growth in Newborns

In the first month, your doctor will pay close attention to your baby’s increasing weight, length, and head circumference, which is measured around the largest point of the head, usually starting at a point on the forehead. The average birth weight for babies is around 7.5 lb (3.5 kg), although between 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)…

Shaken Baby Syndrome

What is shaken baby syndrome? If you want to save this information but don’t think it is safe to take it home, see if a trusted friend can keep it for you. Plan ahead. Know who you can call for help, and memorize the phone number. Be careful online too. Your online activity may be seen by others. Do not use your…

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Discusses vaccine-preventable illness that causes itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. Covers home treatment, including resting and taking medicines to reduce fever, itching. Includes info on shingles.