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Archive: July, 2012

Are ALL dental fillings dangerous?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 4:26 PM
by Sari Harrar If you’ve said yes to higher-priced “white” fillings when it’s time to fix cavities in your kids’ teeth— because they look better or get around lingering worries about mercury in silver-colored fillings — here’s news: A new study says... Read more

The risks of summer for teens

Monday, July 16, 2012, 4:45 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Listening to music, watching TV, late nights, sleeping in, and no homework ... no wonder teenagers can’t wait until summer. The trouble with summer is that teens are more likely to try drugs during this time. A recent study found that during the summer months, teenagers... Read more

Sorting out sunscreens

Friday, July 13, 2012, 4:08 PM
One sunburn in childhood doubles your kid’s risk for melanoma — the deadliest of skin cancers — later in life. So we send our kids to the pool, to camp, to the beach slathered in sunscreen, covered in sun-protection clothing and bathing suits made from sun-protection fabrics, topped... Read more

Getting kids ready for hot practices

Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:43 AM
by Sari Harrar If your child’s got a sports camp, summer practice for school sports or will be tooting a horn, twirling a baton or waving a flag at summer marching-band rehearsals, here’s some advice from Christopher Haines, DO, FAAP, FACEP, Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine... Read more

The dangers of video games

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 4:05 PM
In this week's Healthy Kids Minute, Richard Selznick, Ph.D., director of the Cooper Learning Center in Vorhees, N.J., notes that video games can be addictive, violent and sedentary. He offers advice on keeping video game use under control. Read more

Do kids need more dirt?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 1:09 PM
by Sari Harrar A new study says that for some kids, a dog or cat at home lowers risk for colds and ear infections. Researchers weren’t sure why -- but suspect that pets, especially dogs, expose young children to micro-organisms that help “teach” their immune systems how to respond... Read more

Beating the heat with hydrating foods

Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:33 PM
It’s hot out there, and it looks like this weather might stick around for a while. In these extreme temperatures, making sure your family stays well hydrated is critically important for everyone’s safety. Even if your kids aren’t playing back-to-back Little League games, their bodies... Read more

Keeping kids out of hot cars

Friday, July 6, 2012, 1:06 PM
A few weeks back, we ran a piece about the dangers of leaving kids in overheated cars. Here are some tips on how to make sure that never happens to you. The safety group KidsAndCars.com calls it “Look Before You Lock” – if you drive your kids or grandkids around in the back seat... Read more

A health bonus for parents

Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:05 AM
Despite – or perhaps because of – the fact that little kids seem to catch every bug that zooms through the neighborhood, daycare and elementary school, parents are remarkably resistant to the common cold, a new Carnegie Mellon University study says. But parental super-immunity is about... Read more

Changing hormones ... or polycystic ovary syndrome?

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:56 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Irregular or heavy menstrual periods ... excess facial and body hair ... acne ... weight gain ... When are these signs of hormonal changes that are part of the territory for teenage girls? And when does one or more of these signal a common female hormone problem: polycystic... Read more
About this blog
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, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
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
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
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., 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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