Friday, May 29, 2015

Drugs and Alcohol

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

HGH and teens: Why we should be concerned

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 AM
It was reported recently that a remarkable 11 percent of teens had used Human Growth Hormone, or what purported to be HGH, in the last year to promote athletic performance or appearance, according to results from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study. HGH and its variants have been banned... Read more

Testing kids and teens for drug abuse: What do I need to know?

Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
Drug testing can be a helpful tool in determining substance use or mental health disorders in adolescents. To help pediatricians determine whether and when drug testing may be useful and how to best use this procedure when it appears necessary, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an... Read more

Deadly drinking game NekNominate goes viral on Facebook, Twitter

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30 AM
If you look up “NekNominate” on YouTube, here’s a preview of what you’ll find: A 20-something pouring beer down a toilet who is then whisked up by friends to drink it upside down. In another video, a young man mixes up a disturbing cocktail of alcohol, milk, live bugs, and a... Read more

Painkiller addiction and adults: How does it affect children?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
The media was obsessed when famous actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, apparently died of a heroin overdose last month. I was saddened last week when I worked a shift at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital nursery when a new baby was born having lost the father to an opiate overdose before the birth,... Read more

How can I talk to my child about underage drinking?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Need some help figuring out how to talk to your child about underage drinking? Wondering how the conversation will play out? Start the Talk, is a new interactive online tool that helps parents practice tough conversations about underage drinking with their kids in a videogame-like environment. It... 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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