Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rima Himelstein

The “split” over cheerleading: Is it an activity or a sport?

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:28 AM
Whatever you call it, cheerleading today is cartwheels away from what it once was. Rewind to a Princeton football game in 1884 when a man gave the first official cheer to encourage his team to do better. Fifteen years later, an all-male “yell squad” cheered at a University of Minnesota... 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

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

Lessons learned from a teen parent

Monday, September 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
I have been practicing adolescent medicine for over 20 years. Some people say that that’s enough practice (doctor humor)! In reality, I am always a student and always learning from the best teachers: my patients. Here are some excerpts of a teen parent’s story in her own words (now over... Read more

How an imaginary online character influenced two teens to kill

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
On June 3, 2014, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, did the unthinkable. They stabbed another 12-year-old girl 19 times. The girls said they did it to please “Slenderman,” a popular monstrous character they learned about on the website Creepypasta, according to various news... Read more

What teens do and don’t know about health, safety

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Teenagers sure say “I know!” a lot. I know — not just because I’m an Adolescent Medicine doctor, but because I am a mom. Just this summer I got a good number of “I knows” from my very own teens to loving reminders like “don’t forget to use sunscreen... Read more

Drowning can happen to anyone

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
He was a good swimmer. Even so, the Pennsylvania teenager drowned while snorkeling with classmates on a beach in Grenada. Tragedies like this are all too common. In 2011, an estimated 359,000 people died worldwide from drowning, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all deaths. Drowning, defined by... Read more

The 'pill' isn’t only for birth control

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Maybe you remember this conversation on the TV show, “The Big Bang Theory,” when Sheldon and Penny are in the Emergency Room. Sheldon (filling out the medical form): “When was your last menstrual period?” Penny: “Oh! Next question!” Sheldon: “I'll put... Read more

Why should teens consider long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
The use of LARC methods (intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants) for teens was a “hot topic” when I recently attended the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology’s Annual Meeting. Why? The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for... Read more

Kids and heavy backpacks: A prescription for back pain

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
Looking inside your child’s backpack may feel like looking at what “Toy Story’s” Mrs. Potato Head packs inside Mr. Potato Head for his trip: An extra pair of shoes. His angry eyes, just in case. Some Cheese Puffs (if he gets hungry). A key (unknown purpose for it). A Golf Ball... 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.
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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