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Understanding ‘exercise-induced asthma’ in kids

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 4:00 AM
Although this winter has been relatively mild so far, at least on the East Coast, cold weather is inevitably going to come. When it does, how will this affect your ability to exercise? Does exercising in cold weather pose difficulties for you? Does it cause you to have wheezing, or cough, or shortness... Read more

Potential allergic reactions to hair dyes, nail products, and tattoos

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9:39 AM
Nowadays, teenagers do a lot of interesting things. They get tattoos and piercings, they dye their hair and experiment with fake nails – sometimes much to the chagrin of their parents. Of course, these proclivities are not limited to teens, as many adults engage in these activities of individual... Read more

Food allergy testing: Complex and often misunderstood

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s Note: This is a follow up on a previous blog post on what food allergies are and not. When patients come to see an allergist with a suspected food allergy, the history is the most important piece of information in determining whether it’s truly an allergy to a suspected food.... Read more

What a food allergy is and not

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Like other allergic diseases, the incidence of food allergies has dramatically increased over the past several decades. When I was growing up years ago, food allergies in school hardly seemed to exist. Fast forward to when my children went to school, and about a handful of students in the entire school... Read more

Sunscreen: Here’s what you should know

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer is officially here! It’s important to protect our skin now that we’re spending more time in the sun. Many of us turn to sunscreen, but do you know how it works and are there concerns about certain chemicals in it? Here are some questions that you may have about sunscreen: Why use... Read more

Gluten-free diets: Debunking the myth

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:09 AM
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the use of gluten-free diets to counter a myriad of symptoms, ranging from headache, to abdominal pain and even to behavioral problems in children. While many people, including many high-profile celebrities, bring compelling personal stories... Read more

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

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
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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. 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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