Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gary A. Emmett

How often do concussions occur in football for kids and young adults?

Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:00 AM
In any one high school football season of 10 games, assuming 40 athletes participated; four players will have a concussion. Concussions in football occur frequently, but when do they usually happen? A slight majority of concussions happened during youth football games, but most concussions at the... Read more

Should I get genetic testing for my child?

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
A working pediatrician trying to get through a busy schedule and not keep his other restless little patients waiting for too long, often fears the “exit door question.” What is an “exit door question?” After the purpose of the appointment is over, and the patient says, “By... Read more

Why ‘free range parenting’ makes sense

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 1990s when my oldest was 10, we let our four children walk five blocks to school. All of our neighbors were amazed as they shook their heads at our “wanton” behavior, but we noticed they watched for the four little Emmetts and also added their children to the parade. We live in Center... Read more

Why you shouldn’t ask your doctor to modify the vaccine schedule

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent survey of practicing pediatricians shows that most will change around the immunization schedule for parents who insist on modifications. These doctors also know that the consequences of these changes are unknown since none of the alternative schedules commonly found online or in books by Williams... Read more

Kids and infectious diseases: It’s been a difficult season

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
The flu strain spreading around this year is mainly Influenza A type H3N2, but it is slightly different from the H3N2 in this year’s influenza vaccine. This means that the flu shot (or mist) is only 23 percent effective in preventing the flu compared to 40 percent in the past. However, it makes... Read more

How could marijuana legalization affect teens?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued on Monday a new policy statement on marijuana that covers in detail many issues about marijuana in regard to adolescents and children. Unfortunately, the overwhelming theme of this new statement is, “We don’t know.” The AAP engages in discussion... Read more

How much rest does my child need after a concussion?

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
For adolescent and young adults returning to everyday activities after a concussion, taking two days of strict mental rest and then easing back to their usual routine worked as well as taking five days of strict mental rest or more, found a recent study in Pediatrics. This makes life much easier for... Read more

Why we should be worried about e-cigarettes

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) worry the heck out of me. In recent years, we’ve seen a markedly decrease in the smoking rate in the United States and in Western Europe from near 50 percent to less than 20 percent. The drop is due to the combination of very high cigarette taxes... Read more

CDC advisory: Infant death caused by contaminated probiotic powder

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a health advisory after a premature infant in Connecticut died in October of a rare fungal infection of the intestines called Mucormycosis. The baby first had signs and symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which results from poor... Read more

What’s the latest on the mysterious polio-like disease affecting US kids?

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a request that all providers stop using several immunomodification treatments on a newly recognized, seemingly post-viral, syndrome in children called acute flaccid myelitis. It’s being called acute because it occurs suddenly... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at 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. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
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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