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Gary A. Emmett

The benefits of reading to your child from birth

Monday, June 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
My second child was a “colicky” baby and my poor, sleep deprived wife did not want our child to cry. Luckily, we found that Ariel would stop crying if she being held along with some walking and talking. So we started taking turns doing this while the other parent slept. I am not much... Read more

Understanding ‘good’ and ‘bad’ germs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Doctors can confuse the heck out of the public. For instance, both of these statements are true: 1) The most important thing doctors can do to protect their patients from acquiring disease in hospital or medical office is to wash their hands before and after seeing each patient 2) People use too... Read more

Health officials: Pregnant women and children should eat more fish

Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection released new recommendations last week on the MINIMAL amount of fish in the diet for children and pregnant women. The new guidelines follow a FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the... Read more

Testing kids and teens for drug abuse: What do I need to know?

Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
Drug testing can be a helpful tool in determining substance use or mental health disorders in adolescents. To help pediatricians determine whether and when drug testing may be useful and how to best use this procedure when it appears necessary, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an... Read more

Can probiotics help infant colic?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
Some new studies seem to think that what used to be considered an “alternative medicine” treatment for infantile colic, may actually be “traditional medicine’s” best treatment: giving colicky babies probiotics (often called good or normal germs). Colicky babies, crying... Read more

Why you should circumcise your newborn boy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
The health benefits of infant male circumcision far exceeds the risks associated with the procedure, according to a recent article that reviewed studies in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an online journal. In the United States, the rate of circumcision in men ages 14 to 59 has increased to 81 percent... Read more

Rare meningitis strain in the U.S. is more common in the U.K.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:36 AM
Editor’s note: Last week, we took a more in-depth look at meningitis and local cases in the Philadelphia region. Here’s a look at how the disease affects those in the United Kingdom. Our regular contributor Gary Emmett, MD, recently traveled to London. The world is too small. That was... Read more

Why e-cigarettes should be banned from minors

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
Are e-cigarettes dangerous? Good data on long-term consequences is not available yet, but no one is talking about addiction and that is the undeniable problem for our children. This is why we need to support a proposal passed by a Philadelphia City Council committee last week that would add e-cigarettes... Read more

Painkiller addiction and adults: How does it affect children?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
The media was obsessed when famous actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, apparently died of a heroin overdose last month. I was saddened last week when I worked a shift at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital nursery when a new baby was born having lost the father to an opiate overdose before the birth,... Read more

Why should my child have a 'medical home'?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
Why is having a “medical home” important for your child? Having one pediatric practitioner or group of practitioners see your child regularly can help identify any patterns of illness and promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP made its case... 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. 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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