Stomachaches account for numerous visits to pediatricians' offices. Parents often worry that a kidney infection or appendicitis is responsible for the pain. Although serious disorders can cause abdominal pain, the problem is usually due to something less worrisome.
In treating stress-related conditions in children, there are so many terrific mind-body approaches to consider, including yoga and meditation. But one of my all-time favorites, useful even in very young children, is storytelling.
How our nation treats its children reflects our societal values. Children can't vote. They depend on us -- parents, grandparents, pediatricians, teachers, and other child health advocates and professionals, to do right by them.
The debate rages as to why more children are diagnosed with chronic health conditions. Better diagnosing? More ill kids due to environmental factors? Both? While I do not agree we are "better" at diagnosing, I do think we are better at labeling. There's a subtle difference.
One of my favorite events of the season is the annual World of Children Award Gala, at which I have the profound pleasure of meeting the newest class of changemakers for children who are there to receive their World of Children Award.
Preventing new HIV infections among children is not only the right thing to do, but also a smart investment -- stretching each dollar we invest to save as many lives as we can, both today and tomorrow. This is a hopeful moment in global health.
What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother's Day? There are many answers, but one is a healthy life for her and her child. This Mother's Day, let's sharpen our resolve to ensure mothers everywhere have children who are born HIV-free.
By age 23, 1 in 3 youth in the U.S. has been arrested for a non-traffic offense. To those who say that we can't afford to spend money on this now, or that government should stay out of people's lives, I say this: You can't escape 1 in 3.
Most American Jews and Muslims are circumcised for religious reasons, and as many as three quarters of all American males are circumcised medically. Clearly not everyone is listening to circumcision's detractors.
As a nation, even in this recession, we can claim remarkable prosperity relative to the rest of the world. Nowhere is this truer, incidentally, than in the highly profitable private health care industries.