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Screen Time and Kids: Pediatricians Work on a New Prescription

Diana Graber | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.

National Breastfeeding Month's Official Movie

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

The Milky Way: Not Just Another Breastfeeding Documentary August is National Breastfeeding Month. I am very proud that Jennifer Davidson asked me to ...

How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

David Freeman

Controversial New Study Links Circumcision, Autism | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science

A controversial new study from Denmark shows a link between circumcision and autism, although experts differ sharply over what to make of it. For t...

An Open Letter: Let's Get More Sophisticated on Screen Time Policy

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Daniel Donahoo

Rather than taking an approach that makes parents feel guilty whenever their children engage with screens, we need to support and build skills in parents that support children to help them understand how we best use and manage children's engagement with screens and technology.

Talk, Read and Sing to Kids to Close the Word Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

With a boost from Hillary Clinton last weekend in San Diego, the American Academy of Pediatricians launched the next phase of its campaign to help close the "word gap" between children in high- and low-income families.

Indian Elections: 3 Things International Progressives Should Understand

Ben Brandzel | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Ben Brandzel

Last week India concluded the largest exercise in the history of democracy, with over 550 million votes cast. And as John Oliver hilariously pointed o...

Development, Corruption, Hindutva -- Indian Elections 2014

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Chaitanya Kumar

In this politically charged atmosphere, I experienced sparks of madness and maturity that were exhibited by the people in Benaras.

Voting Begins in World's Most Colorful Elections in India

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Gunjan Bagla

Keen India watchers know that the 2014 elections are likely to be India's most influential in three decades.

Still No Evidence That Touch Screens Are Good for Babies

Susan Linn | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science
Susan Linn

Dimitri Christakis, co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations to discourage screen time for children under 2, has changed his position. He did so based on what he frankly identifies as a "hunch" associated with development of the iPad.

So What Has Changed After the Entry of Aam Aadmi Party in Politics?

Devanik Saha | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Devanik Saha

Since its independence, India has had major revolutions -- the primary ones being the green revolution and the dotcom revolution. But none of them has excited and energized the whole country as the ongoing broom revolution.

Where Many Parents Are Going For Kids' Primary Health Care

Posted 02.25.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:15am EST (Reuters Health) - In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (A...

New Guidelines Help Parents Deal With Kids' Tooth Injuries

Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents

(Reuters Health) - Kids with serious tooth injuries are often taken to emergency rooms or primary care doctors first, so physicians and parents ne...

India, AAP & The People's Energy Plan

Justin Guay | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Justin Guay

Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis to widespread anger over cor...

Doctors Warn Against Over-Prescription Of Antibiotics

Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians should carefully evaluate kids with ear infections, runny noses and sore throats b...

When Will You Stop Taking Money From Junk Food Peddlers? An Open Letter to the Presidents of AND and AAP

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Sponsorship is an issue that has reached critical mass for both Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Academy of Pediatrics. When your organizations take money from junk food manufacturers it is embarrassing to your members, detrimental to your reputations and harmful to the health of Americans.

Disney, Viacom and Other MPAA Members Join Book Publishers to Weaken a Treaty for the Blind

James Love | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
James Love

The World Blind Union and its members and supporters in the negotiation are now concerned that that Obama Administration and the European Commission are making demands that will render the treaty far less useful, or even derail the negotiations entirely.

AAP Endorses Gay Marriage. So Why Am I So Annoyed? | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents

By Erik Botsford I want to be happy about yesterday's news that the American Academy of Pediatrics has reaffirmed its support of gay marriage, I rea...

Catherine Pearson

Pediatricians Say Same-Sex Marriage In Kids' Best Interests | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents

With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments on same-sex marriage next week, a top pediatricians' group has issued a statement supporting marriage...

Amazon Faces Fight Over .Book Domain

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are opposing Inc's reque...

Why Is the CEO of the Global Anti-Poverty Group CARE Joining the Board of Coca-Cola?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Nancy Huehnergarth

Dr. Gayle, the last thing the impoverished people you work with need, is a Coke. By accepting Coca-Cola's funding and serving on their Board of Directors, you are helping to healthwash Coke's brands and expand sales of sugary, non-nutritious drinks to the very people you want to help.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

Simple Steps for Safe Sleep That Can Reduce SIDS and Help New Moms Lose Weight!

Harvey Karp | Posted 12.31.2012 | Parents
Harvey Karp

Better sleep -- through safe swaddling plus rumbly white noise -- is a common sense, low-cost approach that works.

September Is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Henry Lee, MD, FAAP | Posted 10.29.2012 | Impact
Henry Lee, MD, FAAP

The most fragile period of a child's life is in the first 28 days. In these first days, newborns can succumb to birth asphyxia, as well as other issues related to preterm birth or infection. As a neonatologist, I have a strong interest in reducing infant mortality, particularly neonatal mortality, through research, teaching, and clinical practice.

New Breastfeeding Recommendation Released

Posted 02.28.2012 | Parents

In the midst of yet another round of high profile flare ups in the public breastfeeding debate, the American Academy of Pediatrics coincidentally rele...