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FDA issues a warning for commonly used antibiotic

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Azithromycin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, could potentially cause a fatal irregular heart rhythm in some patients, the Food and Drug Administration warned last week. This warning will now be reflected on the drug’s label which is known as Zithromax, Zmax or as a "Z-Pack." The drug... Read more

Talking to your teens about STDs

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
Adolescents have sex, whether parents want to face it or not. Teens need to know that one serious consequence of having sex is acquiring sexually transmitted diseases. To make matters worse, some STDs aren’t easily treatable anymore. Condoms help prevent STDs, but they are often not used (especially... Read more

New guidelines for treating ear infections

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics did not issue any radical new ideas on preventing middle ear infections in children in a new report released yesterday, they did emphasize three issues, two of which were lifestyle issues. - Breastfed babies simply get less middle ear infections... Read more

Is it an ear infection or ear ache?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9:00 AM
What exactly is an ear infection? Doctors are not always as precise in their language as they should be and this has lead to many different kinds of diseases being called “ear infections.” An outer ear canal infection occurs when water that is too alkaline gets into the outer ear... Read more

Antibiotics aren't a magic cure all

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 5:00 AM
Parents expect almost miraculous cures when they take their sick child to the doctor. Why? The introduction of penicillin, the first really effective antibiotic 70 years ago, was a wonder drug that worked overnight. Soldiers would be dying of pneumonia or a horribly infected leg. They would recover... Read more

The 4 ‘R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic and recess!

Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:00 AM
Kids are getting less time to simply play these days in school. More and more schools have cut recess, gym classes, and organized sports. Here's why: 1) In times of less available money, ”extra-curricular” activities such as art, music (do not get me started on less music) and physical... Read more

Violence, stress and children's health

Friday, October 5, 2012, 4:18 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Multiple studies show that when children witness or - even worse - are personally assaulted, there are long-term consequences for their health and behavior. Children caught up in the web of violence have much higher chances of: - Poor school achievement - Early sexual... Read more

What should parents do about stuttering?

Friday, August 17, 2012, 3:39 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. I saw a 3 ½ year old boy in my office this week, and his father was very concerned about stuttering. The patient would get caught up in consonants with “hard” sounds such as ‘g’ or ‘k,’ and have trouble getting the words out. Doctors... Read more

A new way to fix kids' food allergies

Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:18 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an original research article on a new concept in eliminating food allergy in children. Over 5 percent of children have serious food allergies and egg allergy is one of the most common. That’s a real challenge, because... Read more

Kids and the dangers of prescription medicines

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 5:17 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. The August edition of Scientific American has an article, titled “Not Just ‘Small Adults’”, about all the problems with treating children with medications. Medicine just does not get tested in children much of the time. In fact, Harvard University researchers... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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