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Gary A. Emmett

Global infectious diseases and our kids

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:42 AM
After a long day of work last month, I had seen over 20 young patients and their parents, finished teaching rounds, read uncountable notes on many charts, and had written at least one note on every child. I was packing up to go home when my resident physician called to say that she had to admit a... Read more

HGH and teens: Why we should be concerned

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 AM
It was reported recently that a remarkable 11 percent of teens had used Human Growth Hormone, or what purported to be HGH, in the last year to promote athletic performance or appearance, according to results from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study. HGH and its variants have been banned... Read more

Skip this type of sunscreen for now

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many of us have gone through this before. It’s time to slather on sunscreen lotion - your child squirms and protests or bolts in opposite direction. While spray sunscreen can make this task easier, it’s best to stay away while health officials evaluate if they’re safe and effective... Read more

The benefits of reading to your child from birth

Monday, June 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
My second child was a “colicky” baby and my poor, sleep deprived wife did not want our child to cry. Luckily, we found that Ariel would stop crying if she being held along with some walking and talking. So we started taking turns doing this while the other parent slept. I am not much... Read more

Understanding ‘good’ and ‘bad’ germs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Doctors can confuse the heck out of the public. For instance, both of these statements are true: 1) The most important thing doctors can do to protect their patients from acquiring disease in hospital or medical office is to wash their hands before and after seeing each patient 2) People use too... Read more

Health officials: Pregnant women and children should eat more fish

Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection released new recommendations last week on the MINIMAL amount of fish in the diet for children and pregnant women. The new guidelines follow a FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the... Read more

Testing kids and teens for drug abuse: What do I need to know?

Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
Drug testing can be a helpful tool in determining substance use or mental health disorders in adolescents. To help pediatricians determine whether and when drug testing may be useful and how to best use this procedure when it appears necessary, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an... Read more

Can probiotics help infant colic?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
Some new studies seem to think that what used to be considered an “alternative medicine” treatment for infantile colic, may actually be “traditional medicine’s” best treatment: giving colicky babies probiotics (often called good or normal germs). Colicky babies, crying... Read more

Why you should circumcise your newborn boy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
The health benefits of infant male circumcision far exceeds the risks associated with the procedure, according to a recent article that reviewed studies in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an online journal. In the United States, the rate of circumcision in men ages 14 to 59 has increased to 81 percent... Read more

Rare meningitis strain in the U.S. is more common in the U.K.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:36 AM
Editor’s note: Last week, we took a more in-depth look at meningitis and local cases in the Philadelphia region. Here’s a look at how the disease affects those in the United Kingdom. Our regular contributor Gary Emmett, MD, recently traveled to London. The world is too small. That was... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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