Sunday, March 29, 2015

Infectious Diseases

Measles outbreak: What we've learned and what needs to be done

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Turns out that the Magic Kingdom offers a lot more than a wonderful experience. An unimmunized child, who was in the early stages of measles, vacationed at Disneyland and was the index case for an outbreak that produced 103 additional cases as of February 6th; 68 of these cases occurred in California... Read more

Understanding that vaccines do not cause illness

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Vaccination — the word has become quite divisive. On both sides, we find well-meaning, intelligent, good parents who just want what is best for their children, and to protect them from harm. The science behind the benefits of vaccinating are clear (see this Healthy Kids blog about the importance... 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

Disneyland measles outbreak: What you need to know

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last month, health officials reported that nine children had become infected with the measles virus after visiting Disneyland. Since then, the number has grown to at least 80 individuals. In these situations parents of fully vaccinated children may be nervous about traveling to areas near outbreaks... 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

EV-D68 cases hit Philly, hospitals on alert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: Last week, regular blog contributor Stephen Aronoff, MD, told us more about enterovirus D68. Here’s an update on the spread of the virus from some of our area hospitals. With enterovirus D68 spreading to the East and Northeast, Philadelphia region hospitals are closely watching... Read more

What do I need to know about Enterovirus D68?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:48 AM
By now, you’ve probably heard of Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68. Twelve states are currently investigating clusters of enterovirus illnesses: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Utah. At the end of August, the Missouri State Health... Read more

What to watch: NOVA’s Vaccines – Calling the Shots, Sept 10

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
What do diseases like the mumps, measles, and whooping cough have in common? Once considered largely eradicated diseases in the United States, they’re now reemerging throughout our country and the world. What has this meant for us? Children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—... 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

What do I need to know about the Chikungunya virus?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:40 AM
Recently, the Chikungunya (pronounced chi-kən-guun-yə) virus – a mosquito-transmitted infection largely indigenous to Africa and Asia – made headlines when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two cases of Chikungunya Fever (CKFV) in Florida that occurred in non-travelers... 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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