Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

Schools can carry EpiPens after Jan 1

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Editor’s Note: This is a follow up to a blog post about a state bill which would allow schools to carry a supply of epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPens. Pennsylvania recently joined 44 other states in allowing its schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPens –... Read more

Choosing a flu vaccine: What's the latest news?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
As sure as the leaves fall and the snow flies, flu season is coming around again. In the past, I have tried to make the case for vaccinating your child. This year, three vaccine preparations are available. Which should you choose for your child? Every year a flu vaccine is developed based on the... Read more

What are the effects of abusive head injuries on young children?

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Jeffrey Campbell, MD, Director of the Nemours Neuroscience Center and a pediatric neurosurgeon at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Child abuse has once again come to the attention of our region with two horrific fatal beating cases in the past two weeks... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Creamy potato leek soup

Friday, November 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
Soup is the perfect lunch pairing for a chilly fall afternoon. This potato soup is partly pureed which makes for a creamy texture, so your family can go without the heavy cream and saturated fat that usually makes this soup smooth. Dried herbs and vinegar add a burst of flavor which helps keep the... Read more

How Drexel and the IBC Foundation are fighting childhood obesity

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Abby Duffine Gillman, Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, Healthy Futures Initiative Project Manager, and Stella Volpe, Ph.D. , Department of Nutrition Sciences, Professor and Chair at Drexel University, Principal Investigator of Healthy Futures. Imagine... Read more

Parents: Don't get desensitized to sex and violence in movies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
Movies these days show more sex and violence than ever. As a result, children are exposed to sex and violence at younger ages and in larger amounts. But what is more concerning is that parents may be part of the problem. Parents are becoming desensitized to sex and violence in movies, according to... Read more

Hazing: More common than you think

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
I must admit, hazing has me puzzled. I know what hazing is: it’s a humiliating or dangerous activity that is expected of a student who wants to belong to a group. I also know that recently three local high school sports teams — two in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey — have made... Read more

McDonald’s recalls 2.5 million Hello Kitty whistles

Monday, November 10, 2014, 4:40 PM
McDonald’s recalled 2.5 million Hello Kitty themed whistles in the United States and Canada because components inside of the whistle can detach, and could cause choking or be breathed in. The recalled whistles are red and were included in a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped... Read more

Why you should shop at tobacco-free stores

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Numbers talk. More importantly, numbers do not lie. The bad news is that the United States is still having poor numbers when it comes to smoking. It remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States killing about 480,000 Americans a year, according to the 2014 Surgeon... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
Jeanette Trella 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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