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Snow Sledding Tips to Avoid Landing in the E.R.

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Sledding is a fun winter tradition, as long as you put your child's safety first. Follow these tips so you can worry less about injuries and have a good time over the holidays.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

The Clever New Way TV Advertises Alcohol to Kids

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Rebecca Jackson

We know that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to advertising. We are aware that they are easily influenced by peer pressure. We see that they have a self-image that is fragile and is still being molded. Parents, educators and advertising executives are all aware of these simple truths.

To My Daughter, About Your Birthmark

Dawn Weber | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Dawn Weber

"A lovely baby girl you have there. It's too bad about that awful birthmark." Those are the first and last words I ever hear from your original pediatrician. After she leaves the delivery room, I tell the nurse to keep her away from us, and I cry myself to sleep.

Kids and Concussion: Early Recognition Is Key to Recovery

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

A new school year has begun. Unfortunately, sports-related concussion is a common injury among children and adolescents, and symptoms can seriously intrude on children's lives, especially if not recognized and addressed early on.

Talking To Children About Pregnancy And Infant Loss

Tara Shafer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Tara Shafer

I still think a lot about that searing winter when the dead and the living were juxtaposed, each clamoring impossibly to be understood. I remember the white-hot grief and the blunt-force trauma of my sudden loss, and also the sweet presence of my little boy, playing with blocks.

Decoding the 'Screen Time' Paradox

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Confounded by the conflicting studies and recommendations seemingly at loggerheads? At this point, it is better to tread with caution and limit screen time to the recommended two hours a day, especially in the primary ages, and carefully evaluate the quality of screen time at older ages.

The Questions I Can't Ask About Guns

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

Would you believe that as a pediatrician, it is against the law in my state to ask my patients if they have a gun in their home?

A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

I don't like to use scare tactics to convince parents to vaccinate their children, but the experiences I have had working in a hospital are very real, and I have watched children suffer terribly because they weren't immunized.

Remembering Dr. Paul Fleiss: 5 Decades in Pediatrics

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 09.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Gordon, MD

Dr. Fleiss was a brilliant physician and teacher and cared for tens of thousands of babies over his five decades in pediatrics. He will be missed.

What Keeps the CEO of the Nation's Largest Pediatric Hospital up at Night?

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Mark A. Wallace

A lot of CEOs in health care worry constantly about changing reimbursement models or the impact of new health care laws. While there's no disputing that these have a great potential to influence the way we provide care, it's not what occupies my thoughts.

A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June...

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Thousands Of Toddlers Are Medicated For A.D.H.D.

The New York Times | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living

More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric gui...

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

The increase of Type 2 diabetes in youth should be received as nothing less than a public health crisis. Thankfully, there are numerous levers that can be pulled to reverse this trend.

What Is the Autism 'Gap'?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

The autism "gap" is by no means uniform. It varies immensely from person to person, school to school, and state to state. The needs of each individual with autism is unique, and even more difficult to address given the zip code lottery of services that families have to contend with.

The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Steve Belanger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Steve Belanger

As I ran into the building, the looks on all the teachers' faces struck a deeper fear into me. They seemed shaken, which amplified my panic.

3-D Printers Are Saving Babies' Lives One Breath At A Time

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology

Breathing is a function that most of us take for granted. Not Natalie Peterson. Her son, Garrett, was born with a weak, soft cartilage in his w...

Why Are Children Losing Their Autism Diagnosis?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

I understand, and many researchers have pointed out to me, that grandfathering these autism diagnoses is scientifically messy at best. It may take decades to "clean up" the science; in the meantime, it's my duty to advocate for my patients.

The Rest They Need: The Role of the Parent in Pediatric Sleep

Sam Cross | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

One of the first challenges for a physician faced with a pediatric sleep problem is to identify who actually has the problem: the parent, the patient, or another family member. As most of us are aware, one person's sleep problem can produce symptoms for the whole house.

Pediatricians: 'Get Out of Our Office'

Dan Lambert | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Lambert

Don't be surprised if you start hearing a very hard line from your family doctor. Increasing numbers of physicians are turning away families that refu...

The Heart of the Matter: A Love Letter

Gail Federici | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Gail Federici

February is a time to spread awareness of heart disease and also to recognize the astounding achievements of the medical community in treating matters of the heart and these things are important to me.

Let's Live The Monday Life: Nonprofit Changes Hospitalized Kids' Environments

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Rainesford Alexandra

It's not every day you hear of people loving Monday. To most people, Mondays are the back-to-the-grind day, a day of alarm clocks, deadlines and a slo...

Don't Diagnose Drug Allergies Over the Phone

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

It's not a good idea to diagnose drug allergies without seeing the patient. First, it is very difficult to describe a rash over the phone. Are the spots pink or red? Are they raised or flat? Are they isolated or do they appear in groups?

Stanford's Historic Role in Sleep Advances With Study of Children

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Decades ago the synergy of neuroscience and psychiatry was essential in establishing this new field. The study of normal sleep and sleep disorders in children is an especially integral part of the development of the future of modern sleep medicine.