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Gary A. Emmett

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

Can probiotics help infant colic?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
Some new studies seem to think that what used to be considered an “alternative medicine” treatment for infantile colic, may actually be “traditional medicine’s” best treatment: giving colicky babies probiotics (often called good or normal germs). Colicky babies, crying... Read more

Why you should circumcise your newborn boy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
The health benefits of infant male circumcision far exceeds the risks associated with the procedure, according to a recent article that reviewed studies in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an online journal. In the United States, the rate of circumcision in men ages 14 to 59 has increased to 81 percent... Read more

Rare meningitis strain in the U.S. is more common in the U.K.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:36 AM
Editor’s note: Last week, we took a more in-depth look at meningitis and local cases in the Philadelphia region. Here’s a look at how the disease affects those in the United Kingdom. Our regular contributor Gary Emmett, MD, recently traveled to London. The world is too small. That was... Read more

Why e-cigarettes should be banned from minors

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
Are e-cigarettes dangerous? Good data on long-term consequences is not available yet, but no one is talking about addiction and that is the undeniable problem for our children. This is why we need to support a proposal passed by a Philadelphia City Council committee last week that would add e-cigarettes... 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

Why should my child have a 'medical home'?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
Why is having a “medical home” important for your child? Having one pediatric practitioner or group of practitioners see your child regularly can help identify any patterns of illness and promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP made its case... Read more

Avoid retail-based clinics for kids' care, pediatricians advise

Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Retail-based health clinics in pharmacies or big box stores may seem more convenient and less expensive compared to seeing a pediatrician, but these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care that they need, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics... Read more

How inactivity is really hurting our children

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
Only about one-quarter of American teens aged 12–15 years engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily, according to recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The findings from the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination... Read more

Formaldehyde in household products: What do I need to know?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 9:34 AM
Johnson & Johnson announced last week that it was taking conjugated aldehydes such as formaldehyde out of all of its products as it had promised to do two years ago, and it was working on getting parabens out next. Why is this news? Formaldehyde has been used to preserve dead bodies for over... Read more
About this blog
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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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