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Archive: September, 2012

Emotionally healthy kids need friendships

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 2:47 PM
by Marvin Lovell, E.D.M., M.A. Editor’s note: That old song “You’ve Gotta Have Friends” applies to kids, too. Your child’s friends can help him or her develop self-confidence, a strong sense of self and even better communication skills. Going back to school means reconnecting... Read more

Can Marijuana Prevent Cancer?

Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:23 PM
Does Marijuana Cause Cancer - or Prevent It? Last week’s Healthy Kids post about a new study that regular marijuana use by teens dumbs down their IQs later in life raised a ruckus. Our expert panelist, adolescent specialist Rima Himelstein, MD, cited research finding that marijuana use can increase... Read more

Revealed: Why marijuana’s called “dope”

Friday, September 7, 2012, 3:53 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the world — including by adolescents. New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicate that teens who become daily marijuana users may be losing IQ points. Marijuana... Read more

Breaking the “cranky kid” cycle

Friday, September 7, 2012, 3:47 PM
by Matthew Prowler, M.D. Do cranky kids make cranky parents? The coming of fall and the return to school can mark a time of relief for some parents – less time is spent thinking about what your child is going to do all day. But for others, this season provides a new (or all-too-familiar) host... Read more

Coping with food allergies at school

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 4:07 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Editor’s note: Six million American kids have food allergies - and studies show that up to 18 percent of them have had a reaction to a food eaten at school. How can you keep your kid safe and stop worrying? Allergy expert Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D... Read more

What to expect when your child first enters school

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 4:09 PM
by Garry A. Emmett, M.D. When your child first starts school or daycare there are many little surprises - and some problems - that will arise. You should be prepared.These four tips will help you get through the school year with flying colors, and give your child the support she or he needs to succeed... Read more

Stop the morning madness on school days

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:46 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. For many families, the return to school means the end of unscheduled days. It means a return to the morning routine of getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast, brushing teeth and getting to the bus or school on time with all the stuff - lunch, backpack, homework... Read more
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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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