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Archive: August, 2012

Eight 'danger zones' of teen driving

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 10:02 AM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. As a pediatrician and parent, I was encouraged to read some of the results of the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which indicate that our teens are driving more safely than they did a decade ago: - Use of seatbelts increased from 74 percent to 92 percent. ... Read more

For sale: Junk food at school

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 4:38 PM
When it comes to the obesity crisis in this country, it seems like every month there is a new plan of action to combat a different source of concern. Recently the targets have been changing what is available in school lunches, and then limiting the size of soft drinks sold. Last week, the journal of... Read more

What should parents do about stuttering?

Friday, August 17, 2012, 3:39 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. I saw a 3 ½ year old boy in my office this week, and his father was very concerned about stuttering. The patient would get caught up in consonants with “hard” sounds such as ‘g’ or ‘k,’ and have trouble getting the words out. Doctors... Read more

Can healthy food make kids smarter?

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 3:46 PM
Brain food is real - and so is “brain-draining” food. So say Australian researchers who checked up on the diets of 7,000 little kids and then looked at their IQs eight years later. The study, from the University of Adelaide, found a connection: - Kids who were still being breastfed... Read more

The danger of leaving kids in cars

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:32 PM
Approximately 30 children die each year from being left alone in cars. In today's Healthy Kids Minute, Richard Brodsky, M.D., of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children discusses hyperthermia and the importance of checking your backseat before you exit, even if you are just an occasional caregiver... Read more

Growing up grateful

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 4:20 PM
An attitude adjustment - from griping to gratitude - could have profound health benefits for teens, a new study says. Researchers from California State University measured the gratitude “levels” of 700 10- to 14-year-olds, then checked back four years later. Compared to the least grateful... Read more

Allergy testing for kids: When, what, why

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 4:14 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Your daughter pets a bunny and you notice her eyes get puffy. Your son eats shrimp dip and later complains of an itching sensation in his throat. Is it an allergy? Maybe, maybe not. In order to be certain, we perform allergy tests. Rashes and hives worry parents... Read more

Protecting your teen from meningitis

Friday, August 10, 2012, 4:24 PM
An 18-year-old girl and some of her closest high school friends were having a great time at the New Jersey shore during “senior week”. Suddenly she developed the worst headache of her life. Her friends immediately drove her back home to Pennsylvania. During the car ride she was vomiting... Read more

Is your child in the wrong car seat?

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:57 PM
Think your child is ready to “graduate” to the next level of car-seat safety? Maybe not. New rules call for keeping babies and toddlers in rear-facing seats longer and keeping older kids in booster seats ‘til they’re 4-feet-nine-inches tall. Yet despite plenty of public-awareness... Read more

A new way to fix kids' food allergies

Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:18 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an original research article on a new concept in eliminating food allergy in children. Over 5 percent of children have serious food allergies and egg allergy is one of the most common. That’s a real challenge, because... 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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