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Gary A. Emmett

Why you shouldn’t ask your doctor to modify the vaccine schedule

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent survey of practicing pediatricians shows that most will change around the immunization schedule for parents who insist on modifications. These doctors also know that the consequences of these changes are unknown since none of the alternative schedules commonly found online or in books by Williams... Read more

Kids and infectious diseases: It’s been a difficult season

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
The flu strain spreading around this year is mainly Influenza A type H3N2, but it is slightly different from the H3N2 in this year’s influenza vaccine. This means that the flu shot (or mist) is only 23 percent effective in preventing the flu compared to 40 percent in the past. However, it makes... 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

How much rest does my child need after a concussion?

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
For adolescent and young adults returning to everyday activities after a concussion, taking two days of strict mental rest and then easing back to their usual routine worked as well as taking five days of strict mental rest or more, found a recent study in Pediatrics. This makes life much easier for... Read more

Why we should be worried about e-cigarettes

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) worry the heck out of me. In recent years, we’ve seen a markedly decrease in the smoking rate in the United States and in Western Europe from near 50 percent to less than 20 percent. The drop is due to the combination of very high cigarette taxes... Read more

CDC advisory: Infant death caused by contaminated probiotic powder

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a health advisory after a premature infant in Connecticut died in October of a rare fungal infection of the intestines called Mucormycosis. The baby first had signs and symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which results from poor... Read more

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

What is the harm of overdiagnosis?

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5:30 AM
When I was an adolescent, I loved the cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle. Along with the humor, it had a very adult satirical point of view. One villain, Boris Badenof, relieved his frustration by acting on his motto: “Do something to somebody quick!!” Unfortunately, doctors often subconsciously... Read more

Altruism: Nature or nurture?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
Why are some children kind to others and other children just plain mean? The root cause of altruism, and conversely selfishness or even evil, has been a debate since the beginning of human self-consciousness. The second story in the Bible is about Cain murdering his younger brother Abel out of jealousy... Read more

Global infectious diseases: What can we do?

Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:30 AM
Just this summer, I wrote about the world of infectious disease getting smaller and smaller with what were once considered exotic diseases popping up on our doorstep. Ebola in a plane passenger in Texas, chikungunya or “bent over virus” in Florida, and now an unknown disease in Denver... 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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