Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rima Himelstein

Dental braces and wisdom teeth extraction: What do I need to know?

Monday, April 13, 2015, 8:55 AM
My son just had his wisdom teeth removed. Lots of pre-surgery angst (How long is the surgery? Will it hurt? How long will it take to heal?) and stress (What to eat? How much missed school?). No worries…I got through it. As a parent, I’m done with my son’s dental braces (√)... Read more

Are energy drinks the new gateway drug?

Monday, March 23, 2015, 8:31 AM
Hashtag, selfie, energy drink...It’s clearly a sign of the times that energy drink is now found in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: “a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients ... intended to increase the drinker's energy.” "All the... Read more

Uncovering sex trafficking

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
Maybe you heard about what happened during the Super Bowl. Not only did the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24, but FBI agents rescued 16 teens from sex trafficking. The operation was part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The teens, mostly girls 13-17 years old, included... Read more

Molly: So popular and yet so misunderstood

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:22 PM
Teens don’t understand the truth about Molly -- a popular, but dangerous party drug. Molly and its cousin, Ecstasy, are based on the drug MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine). They think that Molly is a purer form of Ecstasy. Wrong. A drug with many names: besides the names Molly and... Read more

Our over-caffeinated teens: What can we do?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
A college student had difficulty falling asleep. Exhausted, she drank large amounts of coffee to get through the day. She was in a vicious cycle: the coffee that was keeping her awake during the day was preventing her from sleeping at night. A high school student started having hand tremors. He was... Read more

When parents smoke: a case for 'Do as I say, not as I do'

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8:58 AM
A 17-year-old has been smoking cigarettes since she was 14. She has asthma and frequent respiratory infections, and she knows that smoking is making her worse. She has tried to quit but has given up. She says that her mother also smokes. I believe that most adults know that smoking cigarettes is... Read more

When a teenager is diagnosed with celiac disease

Monday, December 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging along with regular contributor Rima Himelstein, MD, is Sam Master, BA, MS IV, a medical student at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. As you may or may not know, teenagers are special — not just because I think so, but also because they think so. They think that... Read more

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
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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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