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W. Douglas Tynan

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

Should schools send home 'fat letters'?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:45 AM
Should schools send letters home to parents indicating their child’s Body Mass Index percentile and weight category? An opinion piece in Pediatrics released online earlier this week discusses how the BMI screening letters have come under harsh criticism in Massachusetts and are now being called... Read more

Kids with ab pain more likely to have anxiety disorder as adults

Monday, August 12, 2013, 9:51 AM
Abdominal pain in childhood with no determined physical cause predicts much higher rates of anxiety and depression in adolescence and early adult years, according to a study published online today in Pediatrics. It’s been estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of school-aged children... Read more

Is there an overdiagnosis of ADHD?

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 9:21 AM
A recent study in Pediatrics found that African American and Hispanic children are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than white children. It was a very well designed, carefully measured study based on a representative sample of over 15,000 children... Read more

Universal preschool: Is it enough?

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 5:30 AM
In the past few months, universal preschool fever has swept the county. On a daily basis, it seems like the President, multiple governors and newspapers are touting the positive impact that would be seen in school achievement, reduction in special education costs, high school graduation rates, college... Read more

The Bipolar Epidemic in children: Too many children getting misdiagnosed?

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:38 AM
The statistic seems alarming. Hospital stays for bipolar disorder among children aged 1 to 17 years increased 434 percent from 1997 to 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently reported. This rise in diagnoses started in the mid-90s when bi-polar disorder for children was heavily... Read more

A third of children with ADHD still have it in adulthood

Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:00 PM
A third of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder still have ADHD in adulthood, and more than half had another psychiatric disorder, found a study released online today in Pediatrics. The study looked at 232 adults from Rochester, Minn., who were diagnosed with ADHD... Read more

The best way to treat traumatized kids still not clear

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
What type of treatments help kids who have witnessed shootings, been caught in a storm, or who have been abused themselves? What treatments help kids cope with a serious illness? What treatments have serious side effects? Therapists deal with these issues every day and desperately need help in... 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.
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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