Monday, November 30, 2015

Drugs and Alcohol

A wakeup call: Do you know what your child learns online?

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 14 years since Michael Bradley, Ed.D., published his bestseller, Yes Your Teen is Crazy, a lot has changed – especially when it comes to our kids and technology. In that short time, the world moved headfirst from the pre-digital period into the vast world of the Internet and social media... Read more

The 'lows' of edible marijuana

Monday, August 24, 2015, 8:59 AM
In March 2014, a 19-year-old Colorado college student took his own life after consuming an edible marijuana cookie containing 65 milligrams (mg) of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary chemical responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effects. The teen had no history of marijuana, alcohol... Read more

Dextromethorphan: Why it’s not just cough medicine

Monday, June 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are John Pitsakis, PharmD Candidate, Jefferson School of Pharmacy; Gregory Heindel, PharmD, Pediatric Pharmacy Resident at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Laura Modafferi, PharmD, Emergency Room Pharmacy Resident at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania... Read more

Do you know about the dangers of ‘dabbing’?

Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
A more harmful way of preparing marijuana known as “dabbing” appears to be quickly spreading among users, according to an opinion article released online today from Pediatrics. Dabbing is the inhalation of concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the primary intoxicant in marijuana... Read more

Is there evidence behind medical marijuana?

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series on evidence-based medicine. I recently organized and moderated a “Hot Topic” symposium on marijuana’s effects on children and adolescents at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego. Whenever anyone hears... Read more

K2 or Spice: Drug experimentation gone wrong

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:45 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Jane Miloradovich, PharmD, CSPI, a certified poison information specialist from the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with over 25 years of experience. Three state health departments have recently issued warnings about a rise in... Read more

Are energy drinks the new gateway drug?

Monday, March 23, 2015, 8:31 AM
Hashtag, selfie, energy drink...It’s clearly a sign of the times that energy drink is now found in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: “a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients ... intended to increase the drinker's energy.” "All the... Read more

Molly: So popular and yet so misunderstood

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:22 PM
Teens don’t understand the truth about Molly -- a popular, but dangerous party drug. Molly and its cousin, Ecstasy, are based on the drug MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine). They think that Molly is a purer form of Ecstasy. Wrong. A drug with many names: besides the names Molly and... Read more

The dangers of 'pharming parties'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics. While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a new problem... Read more

How could marijuana legalization affect teens?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued on Monday a new policy statement on marijuana that covers in detail many issues about marijuana in regard to adolescents and children. Unfortunately, the overwhelming theme of this new statement is, “We don’t know.” The AAP engages in discussion... 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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