Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vaccines and Medications

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

What's new with the meningococcal vaccine?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
The newer meningococcal conjugate vaccine should be used instead of the older meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine for children and teens, according to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online today. Meningococcal disease refers to any illness that is caused... Read more

Preventing common medication dosage errors

Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:39 AM
Medication dosing mistakes for children are common when parents encounter various measurements terms used interchangeably by health care providers or on the bottle’s label, according to a study released online today from Pediatrics. Medication errors from a mix up of measurement terms –... Read more

Depression and kids: Why antidepressants shouldn't be ruled out

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
The “black box” warning on antidepressants that stated the medications could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in youth may have resulted in an increase in suicide attempts over the last ten years, concludes a study published last week in the British Medical Journal. This... Read more

Should I be concerned about the measles?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the United States currently has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000. As of May 23, the confirmed case count for 2014 was 288 and growing for 2014, according to the CDC... Read more

App review: CHOP's Vaccines on the Go: What you should know

Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:30 AM
Looking for a resource that has all you need to know about vaccines from a trusted source? The Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know app from The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a breadth of information on vaccines in an easy navigable format. The app... Read more

What do I need to know about meningitis?

Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16 AM
Bacterial meningitis is a contagious and potentially lethal infection. Recent cases at Princeton and Drexel universities and the infection of an 8-year-old Collegeville elementary school student have raised concerns about the disease across the area. I hope to provide anxious parents with some understanding... 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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