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Gary A. Emmett

Do you have a back-to-school health check list?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
For parents, the end of summer entails a lot of rushing around to get their children ready to go back to school. Stocking up on school supplies, making sure they have appropriate clothing that fits, pushing them to finish summer assignments, and perhaps moving them toward a school year sleep schedule... Read more

Higher levels of BPA found in kids linked to obesity

Monday, August 19, 2013, 12:00 AM
Higher levels of the chemical BPA found in urine was associated with obesity in children, found a study published online today in Pediatrics. Researchers from the University of Michigan found a very strong relationship between the amount of Bisphenol A in the urine of children and two strong measures... Read more

AAP issues new guidelines for treating sinusitis

Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics released its first major revision on the office diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis this week. Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses is an infection of the hollow spaces in the bones of the face and head that help us clear our nose and balance. Previous guidelines... Read more

Can we settle the swaddling controversy?

Monday, June 10, 2013, 9:31 AM
An old method of soothing a crying infant, swaddling or tightly wrapping in cloth, has become controversial lately with the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education recommended against swaddling, saying it could increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome... Read more

How can I help clean up the air?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
It’s time to take some action when it comes to cleaning up our air. Sensible regulation is needed to avoid the current situation in Chinese cities – air pollution so bad that people are actually afraid to go outside at times. Johnny Carson used to joke that he was uncomfortable leaving... Read more

Routine marijuana use may damage a teen’s developing brain

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:21 AM
We often hear marijuana isn’t that dangerous of a drug. In reality, regular use of marijuana may permanently damage a teen’s developing brain – and could lead to a reduction in IQ, other drug use, and mental health issues. I heard a frightening and eye opening lecture by Dr. Sharon... Read more

Where do you get warts from? Not where you'd expect

Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:26 AM
We are always worried about catching diseases from strangers and crowded places. But in the case of common warts, we really need to worry about getting them from our family and friends, according to a study in Pediatrics released online today. Warts on the sole of the foot (plantar warts) and the... Read more

Tick season is here! What you need to know about prevention and removal

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:50 AM
Tick bite season is back! It is spring and warm, and children and adults are playing outside again. Ticks are also getting more active and they're looking for a good, hearty blood meal from us. They can be found in wooded areas, brushy fields, and around your home. When you find a tick on yourself... Read more

ADHD drugs should not be prescribed to help kids study

Friday, March 29, 2013, 9:20 AM
Prescribing drugs solely to boost thinking and memory functions in children and adolescents who do not have neurologic disorders should never occur. Practitioners should not let parents or patients bully them into prescribing stimulants and other psychoactive substances to improve academic performance... Read more

Many moms introducing solids too soon

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
When should an infant get solid food? For over 20 years, we have been saying after four months. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed that to a recommendation that an infant should get nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, or infant formula if breast milk is... 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.
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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