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Learning Curve

Prevent summer brain drain with these 'exercises'

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer brain drain has been a common fear of parents and educators for decades. Research shows that students return to school approximately one month behind academically. Some students lose more of what they’ve learned, and some lose less. For example, students from lower income families tend... Read more

Can online 'brain training' programs help my child?

Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
As we discover more information about the brain than we have ever known before, scientists and software engineers have come together to create a variety of brain training games on the computer. In general, there are two types: those that claim to make actual brain-based changes and those that focus... 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

Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too

Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:49 PM
By Rima Himelstein They’re known as study drugs ... party drugs ... vitamin R, the smart drug, addy, a-bomb ... Regardless of the slang or street names, they’re actually stimulants like ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Adderall’, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention... Read more

Five smarter ways to nurture reading

Friday, October 5, 2012, 2:02 PM
by Sari Harrar Every parent knows the drill for encouraging kids to love reading - surround them with books, read to them, let them see you reading. But a new article in the American Psychological Association’s monthly magazine takes the advice further in smart ways that might surprise you. You’ll... Read more

Revealed: Why marijuana’s called “dope”

Friday, September 7, 2012, 3:53 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the world — including by adolescents. New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicate that teens who become daily marijuana users may be losing IQ points. Marijuana... Read more

Stop the morning madness on school days

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:46 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. For many families, the return to school means the end of unscheduled days. It means a return to the morning routine of getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast, brushing teeth and getting to the bus or school on time with all the stuff - lunch, backpack, homework... Read more

Secret protection from teen depression

Monday, August 27, 2012, 4:38 PM
Helping kids succeed in first grade may have a lasting mental-health benefit: Lower risk for depression in seventh grade and beyond. That’s the conclusion University of Missouri researchers arrived at after tracking 474 boys and girls from grammar school to middle school. It makes sense - and... Read more

Fit Kids Get Higher Math and Reading Scores

Friday, August 24, 2012, 3:17 PM
Could an hour on the playground, a bike ride or a walk in the park do more for your child’s math and reading scores than more studying? How about good relationships with you and with their friends? Could be. It turns out that a healthy heart, strong lungs and good relationships are leading factors... Read more

What should parents do about stuttering?

Friday, August 17, 2012, 3:39 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. I saw a 3 ½ year old boy in my office this week, and his father was very concerned about stuttering. The patient would get caught up in consonants with “hard” sounds such as ‘g’ or ‘k,’ and have trouble getting the words out. Doctors... 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
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. 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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