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Gary A. Emmett

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

Is it criminal to let your children be independent?

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
A South Carolina mother is arrested for letting her daughter play in the park near their home while she worked for minimum wage at a McDonald’s? While this was excessive for good child development and safety, most adults now feel that any independence in children is dangerous and even bad for... Read more

Healthy eating habits need to start early, CDC study finds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:44 AM
Establishing healthy eating behaviors early in life can potentially predict healthy eating behaviors later in life, and even better overall health, found new research in a Pediatrics supplement published online today. The data comes from a follow-up study of children at 6 years of age who were previously... Read more

Global infectious diseases and our kids

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:42 AM
After a long day of work last month, I had seen over 20 young patients and their parents, finished teaching rounds, read uncountable notes on many charts, and had written at least one note on every child. I was packing up to go home when my resident physician called to say that she had to admit a... 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

Skip this type of sunscreen for now

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many of us have gone through this before. It’s time to slather on sunscreen lotion - your child squirms and protests or bolts in opposite direction. While spray sunscreen can make this task easier, it’s best to stay away while health officials evaluate if they’re safe and effective... Read more

The benefits of reading to your child from birth

Monday, June 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
My second child was a “colicky” baby and my poor, sleep deprived wife did not want our child to cry. Luckily, we found that Ariel would stop crying if she being held along with some walking and talking. So we started taking turns doing this while the other parent slept. I am not much... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. 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
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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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