Friday, September 4, 2015

Vaccines and Medications

The top 5 overused tests and procedures for ill newborns

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pediatrics published a paper online today with a most appropriate name: “Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Five Opportunities to Increase Value.” The paper emphasizes that stopping the use of five procedures on the smallest and sickest newborns would significantly decrease costs, but... Read more

Homeopathic medicine: What’s the potential harm?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
What if I told you homeopathy is completely useless? I wouldn’t blame you for being skeptical or feeling that such a statement is arrogant especially when made by an MD. Homeopathy is a multi-billion dollar business and is widely available. Unfortunately, it is essentially nothing more than... Read more

Why you shouldn’t ask your doctor to modify the vaccine schedule

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent survey of practicing pediatricians shows that most will change around the immunization schedule for parents who insist on modifications. These doctors also know that the consequences of these changes are unknown since none of the alternative schedules commonly found online or in books by Williams... Read more

Measles outbreak: What we've learned and what needs to be done

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Turns out that the Magic Kingdom offers a lot more than a wonderful experience. An unimmunized child, who was in the early stages of measles, vacationed at Disneyland and was the index case for an outbreak that produced 103 additional cases as of February 6th; 68 of these cases occurred in California... Read more

Understanding that vaccines do not cause illness

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Vaccination — the word has become quite divisive. On both sides, we find well-meaning, intelligent, good parents who just want what is best for their children, and to protect them from harm. The science behind the benefits of vaccinating are clear (see this Healthy Kids blog about the importance... Read more

Disneyland measles outbreak: What you need to know

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last month, health officials reported that nine children had become infected with the measles virus after visiting Disneyland. Since then, the number has grown to at least 80 individuals. In these situations parents of fully vaccinated children may be nervous about traveling to areas near outbreaks... Read more

Choosing a flu vaccine: What's the latest news?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
As sure as the leaves fall and the snow flies, flu season is coming around again. In the past, I have tried to make the case for vaccinating your child. This year, three vaccine preparations are available. Which should you choose for your child? Every year a flu vaccine is developed based on the... Read more

1 child every 8 minutes experiences an out-of-hospital medication error

Monday, October 20, 2014, 8:22 AM
Among children less than 6 years of age, one child every eight minutes experiences an out-of-hospital medication error, found a study in Pediatrics released online today. The study analyzed reports to the National Poison Data System from 2002 to 2012. During this time, Poison Control Centers in the... Read more

What to watch: NOVA’s Vaccines – Calling the Shots, Sept 10

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
What do diseases like the mumps, measles, and whooping cough have in common? Once considered largely eradicated diseases in the United States, they’re now reemerging throughout our country and the world. What has this meant for us? Children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—... Read more

Your essential back-to-school health checklist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Rhona H. Cooper, MSN, MA, RN, CBIS, School Health Coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia. In July, I heard the first commercial of the summer from a national office supply store announcing that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”... 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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