Monday, May 4, 2015

Allergies and Asthma

Don't give your baby peanuts quite yet!

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 8:43 AM
Many of you may have had a double take when you read about a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the benefits of feeding infants peanuts in order to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy. It has been hailed as landmark study that will rapidly change the guidelines for food... Read more

Nickel allergies & Easter: Can eating chocolate containing nickel cause a skin rash?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
Nickel is one of the most common causes of contact skin allergy, but can consumption of foods containing nickel actually cause a contact dermatitis to occur? And since nickel in foods is not in direct contact with the skin, what is the mechanism for this to occur? Nickel is ubiquitous in nature, and... Read more

What do we know about the recent rise in allergies?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
Over the past few decades, researchers have struggled to answer the question, “Why has the incidence of allergic diseases increased so rapidly in developed countries?” This has led to various theories ranging from the “hygiene hypothesis” which was first proposed back in the... Read more

Common mistakes when using epinephrine autoinjectors

Monday, February 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Epinephrine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of anaphylaxis. For families of children with potentially serious allergies, using epinephrine autoinjectors, such as Epipen or Auvi-Q, in an emergency is not only safe and appropriate, but absolutely necessary. Delay in giving epinephrine during... Read more

What resources can help me manage my child's asthma?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, Director and Founder of The Community Asthma Prevention Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It’s easy to feel alone when your child has asthma. Long nights in the emergency room and seemingly uncontrollable symptoms can... Read more

Can food dyes cause allergic reactions?

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
Manufacturers use food additives for many reasons, including enhancing the color or flavor of foods, increasing nutrients, or decreasing microbial effects. The Food and Drug Administration database called EAFUS (Everything Added to Food in the United States) lists nearly 3,000 substances allowed for... 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

What’s the best way to prevent eczema?

Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
If your child continually experiences itchy, dry, red skin and small bumps on parts of the face or parts of the body – it could be atopic dermatitis, sometimes also known as eczema, a chronic skin condition that affects both children and adults. The word “atopic” describes the genetic... Read more

Common things are common in adolescent health

Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
I love idioms. They always seem to hit the nail on the head. Every now and again, I use them when talking with my patients and their families. In that way, we can all be on the same page. Irregular menses may actually represent the tip of the iceberg. As an adolescent medicine physician, I consider... Read more

PA Senate should consider bill to allow school storage of epi pens

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Lynda Mitchell, Vice President for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). She leads AAFA’s Kids With Food Allergies division, based in Doylestown. One in 13 American children under the age of 18 lives with food allergies, and is at-risk for anaphylaxis... 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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