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Archive: April, 2012

New reason to turn off the TV

Monday, April 30, 2012, 1:43 PM
TV-watching in kids and teens has already been linked with higher risk for overweight, sleep problems and a taste for junk food. Now, a new University of Pennsylvania study says that leaving the TV on in the background could lead to learning and reading problems in kids ages eight months to eight years... Read more

Pa. vaccine deadline extended!

Monday, April 30, 2012, 10:31 AM
Whew! If you’re a Pennsylvania parent still scrambling to schedule catch-up vaccines for your kids before your school district’s May deadline, you can relax – a little. The state Department of Health just added a two-week grace period. The new rules gave parents eight months from... Read more

Preventing unplanned teen pregnancies

Friday, April 27, 2012, 4:08 PM
It is normal for teenagers to believe in “the personal fable”: they think they are special and unique (no argument there!) and invulnerable to harm. So naturally they believe that unprotected sex will not result in pregnancy. Couple this belief with the normal pubertal rise in hormones... Read more

Why bullying hurts kids’ health

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8:03 AM
When I was a kid in the late 1950s and early 1960s, most adults dismissed bullying with that worn-out rhyme “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” It was flat-out wrong. New research show that getting bullied is a real health threat for kids: - This... Read more

Best – and worst – ways to cut kids’ soda sips

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:42 PM
Hold the lectures about mountains of sugar, tons of empty calories and loads of artificial ingredients. A new study from Belgium suggests that parents can rein in the amount of soda their kids consume with three steps. The study looked at differences between high-volume soda drinkers and low-volume... Read more

Inside the recent rise in measles

Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:24 PM
Seventeen outbreaks, 222 cases. That doesn’t sound like much. But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new measles statistics last week, the report sounded a warning. Compared to the year 2000 – when the CDC says there was a record low of just 86 cases – the... Read more

Talking with kids about sex and safety

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 11:17 AM
This is a guest post from Janet Rosenzweig, M.S., Ph.D., M.P.A., interim executive director of Prevent Child Abuse - Pennsylvania, a program of the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Rosenzweig is the author of The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide Protecting Your Child,... Read more

Shining some light on Vitamin D and kids

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:22 PM
At least once a week, a parent of one of my patients will ask me a question about Vitamin D. And it’s a good thing they ask. In the Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition, released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vitamin D levels... Read more

Breastfeeding: Why It’s a Public Health Issue

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:08 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued its latest white paper on breastfeeding last week. The most important quote, and for me an obvious statement, is that breastfeeding is a “public health issue and not (just) a lifestyle choice.” Breast feeding benefits public health by decreasing... Read more

Getting autism diagnosed early

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:04 PM
Kids with autism and autism spectrum disorders (like Asperger’s Syndrome) can be identified as early as age 14 months – opening the door to family support and earlier interventions to help them reach their full potential. Yet despite the 78 percent increase in diagnosed autism in kids since... 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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