Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mental Health

Who's the most stressed in America?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Overall stress and its related illnesses were lower for the nation as a whole in 2014, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. That’s the good news. The bad news? Parents, younger generations, and those living in lower-income households report... Read more

The importance of emotional and behavioral screening for your child

Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
You bring your son to the pediatrician’s office. Physically, you are fairly certain that he is fine, but you can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. His tantrums seem more intense than other children. He seems to keep to himself at the playground. He is unable to attend to a specific... Read more

How much rest does my child need after a concussion?

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
For adolescent and young adults returning to everyday activities after a concussion, taking two days of strict mental rest and then easing back to their usual routine worked as well as taking five days of strict mental rest or more, found a recent study in Pediatrics. This makes life much easier for... Read more

Helping kids cope when a parent is injured

Monday, January 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Although we still have much to discover about how families respond to injury and trauma, as a pediatrician and mother I know that members of the same family can have very different reactions when a parent is injured. Whether it’s a broken leg caused by a motor vehicle crash or a back injury from... Read more

Caregiving youth: A hidden population

Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance abuse. These "caregiving youth" are a hidden population who are at risk... Read more

Hazing: More common than you think

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
I must admit, hazing has me puzzled. I know what hazing is: it’s a humiliating or dangerous activity that is expected of a student who wants to belong to a group. I also know that recently three local high school sports teams — two in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey — have made... Read more

How can I help my child after a concussion?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Executive Director of Neuropsychology at Brain Behavior Bridge. “Play through the pain…get back in the game…” These... Read more

Common things are common in adolescent health

Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
I love idioms. They always seem to hit the nail on the head. Every now and again, I use them when talking with my patients and their families. In that way, we can all be on the same page. Irregular menses may actually represent the tip of the iceberg. As an adolescent medicine physician, I consider... Read more

I think my child is being bullied. What can I do?

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
As a parent and a pediatrician, I worry about the widespread bullying in our schools and communities, on our playgrounds and buses, and the far-reaching repercussions on our children. If you aren’t thinking about this with your child, you are probably missing it. With school bullying rates estimated... Read more

Can regular exercise lead to better test scores?

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
We all know that exercise generally benefits children, and another study to confirm this was recently published in Pediatrics. While this finding may yield a yawn (or even two) as you’re reading right now, this latest research is important and goes well beyond quantifying what most of us think... 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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