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W. Douglas Tynan

Debunking myths: The effect of same sex parents on children

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
The heterosexual married couple with biologically related children is the long heralded traditional nuclear family. For a long time, most portrayals of families on television were of these traditional households. Popular shows like Growing Pains or Family Ties in the late 80s and early 90s reinforced... Read more

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

Integrated health care: How can it help my child?

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:00 AM
Jamir is a bouncy, restless 6-year-old who arrives at the pediatrician’s office with his mother and 3-year-old sister. The mother, who has taken a day off from work for the appointment, explains that the teacher feels Jamir is hyperactive. She then expresses concerns about using any medications... Read more

Why more help is needed for depressed, postpartum parents

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:34 AM
The profound and sometimes deadly impact of postpartum depression on mothers, children and their families was recently highlighted in a short series in the New York Times. The articles attempted to shed some light on the mental illness in a constructive way following a string of sensational stories... Read more

Why toddlers don't need ADHD medication

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:51 AM
At least 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they shouldn’t be receiving this type of treatment, according to data presented last month by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Visser, DrPH... Read more

Could poor sleep habits increase my child's obesity risk?

Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:26 AM
Chronic sleep deprivation from infancy to mid-childhood was associated with high overall obesity rates at age seven, found a study In Pediatrics released online today. This is yet another study has been published in the journal about the importance of sleep for the healthy development of children... Read more

Children and firearm injuries: What are the consequences?

Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:38 AM
We know that firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death among American children and a major contributor to injury and long term medical costs for survivors, but little information exists about children and teens who are hospitalized for firearm injuries. A study released online today in... Read more

New recommendations for children's media usage from AAP

Monday, October 28, 2013, 9:33 AM
Parents should make a media use plan, including mealtime and bedtime curfews for media devices, advised the American Academy of Pediatrics, when it announced new recommendations for media use by children at its annual meeting today. The last time the AAP touched on this subject was in 2001 and the... Read more

Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
Do you think guns in the home make your children safer? It’s usually not the case. Last January, high school student Anthony Krueger locked himself in his room and shot himself under the chin twice after his mother called the police about his drug use. Stories like this highlight that one of... Read more

Time for bed! Do regular bedtimes benefit your child?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 12:00 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. Do your children go to bed at the same time every night? Do they get the same set amount of hours of sleep before waking in the morning?... 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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