Saturday, December 20, 2014

Major diseases

What's being done to improve children's health in our region?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. When my kids were young, I knew how important it was to make sure they were eating healthy, and getting enough exercise and sleep. Like most parents, I did what I could to be a positive role... Read more

Eight ways to keep kids heart healthy

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 5:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Frances Zappalla, D.O., a pediatric cardiologist at the Nemours Cardiac Center at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, De. We often think of heart disease as an adult condition, but heart disease starts in childhood. Teens, preteens and even... Read more

Mono: just one 'kiss'− that’s all it takes

Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:03 PM
By Rima Himelstein One of my patients drove home from college to see me because she was “just not feeling well.” About a month earlier she had a sore throat, which got better, and then came back again. And she needed to sleep a lot− 16 hours a day and she was still exhausted! When... Read more

Trich: This Sexually-Transmitted Disease is No Treat

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 4:59 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Heard about “trich”? Trichomoniasis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is caused by Trichomonas vaginalis, a type of tiny parasite. When I find the infection in my patients, I often show them the trich under the microscope. Seeing... Read more

A teen heart risk parents can't ignore

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:20 PM
There are plenty of studies in the news these days warning that teens, preteens and even little kids have heart-disease risk factors that once only happened to adults ... but today a brand-new report paints a picture parents shouldn’t miss. Researchers in Finland took a look at the arteries of... Read more

Can Marijuana Prevent Cancer?

Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:23 PM
Does Marijuana Cause Cancer - or Prevent It? Last week’s Healthy Kids post about a new study that regular marijuana use by teens dumbs down their IQs later in life raised a ruckus. Our expert panelist, adolescent specialist Rima Himelstein, MD, cited research finding that marijuana use can increase... Read more

Protecting your teen from meningitis

Friday, August 10, 2012, 4:24 PM
An 18-year-old girl and some of her closest high school friends were having a great time at the New Jersey shore during “senior week”. Suddenly she developed the worst headache of her life. Her friends immediately drove her back home to Pennsylvania. During the car ride she was vomiting... Read more

Sorting out sunscreens

Friday, July 13, 2012, 4:08 PM
One sunburn in childhood doubles your kid’s risk for melanoma — the deadliest of skin cancers — later in life. So we send our kids to the pool, to camp, to the beach slathered in sunscreen, covered in sun-protection clothing and bathing suits made from sun-protection fabrics, topped... Read more

Changing hormones ... or polycystic ovary syndrome?

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:56 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Irregular or heavy menstrual periods ... excess facial and body hair ... acne ... weight gain ... When are these signs of hormonal changes that are part of the territory for teenage girls? And when does one or more of these signal a common female hormone problem: polycystic... Read more

Warning: There’s Benzocaine in Baby Teething Products

Friday, June 15, 2012, 3:35 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. The FDA has again issued warnings about using benzocaine in the mouth of small children. Found in teething and numbing gels and liquids such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase according to the FDA, benzocaine can cause a rare but potentially fatal disorder... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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