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The Stress Factor in Asthma

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Rapidly expanding new research that links psychological stress to the onset of asthma may have important implications for slowing this epidemic and lowering children's risk of developing this lifelong disease.

Maintenance of Certification -- A Hot Topic in Medicine Most Patients Don't Know About But Should

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Would you be willing to visit a physician who is not "board certified"? That may be a question you'll have to ask yourself if a small but vocal group of doctors get their way.

The NFL is at it, Again!

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Phyllis Sudman

We want to hear more positive football stories because they restore our faith in humanity (and maybe in the NFL). However, these particular stories also reveal a very serious problem. How is our medical system missing these potentially-fatal heart conditions in our young athletes?

To The Momma Of A Critically And Chronically Ill Child

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

You fight for your children when they can't fight for themselves. You hope for them and you stay positive for them, and then run to the bathroom just to cry in the stall where they can't see.

To Those Caring for Sick Children

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

As a parent of a child who was deeply cared for by a medical team for nearly seven months before he passed, I cannot describe the respect and admiration we, as parents, have for you who are in the medical field.

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!

My Q and A With Rakesh Bhattacharjee, an Expert in Children's Sleep Medicine

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Rakesh Bhattacharjee is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Chicago's Divisions of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the link between breathing and sleep health, social factors that can affect children's sleep, and the importance of teaching your children healthy sleep habits.

5 Reasons Why Parents of Children With ADHD Need to Become Proactive and Well-Informed Advocates of Their Care

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

All parents should become proactive and well-informed advocates of their children, partnering with their health care providers and allied professionals to ensure the proper diagnosis, treatment and monitoring for each individual child.

Doctor Who Turned Away Gay Moms Isn't the Real Problem -- Here's What Is (Video)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

I understand why this doctor thought she was making the right choice. She felt that she was acting in this family's best interests -- not to mention her own. But sometimes, uncomfortable situations are how we grow and improve. Not just as individuals, but as a country.

Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stem Cells and Children: A Conversation With Dr. Charles Cox

Robin L. Smith | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Robin L. Smith

One of the world's leading experts on cellular therapies for traumatic brain injury (TBI), Dr. Cox directs the Pediatric Surgical Translational Labora...

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

David Freeman

Controversial New Study Links Circumcision, Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

A Pediatrician's Advice for Flu Season

Scott Benner | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Scott Benner

Flu season has arrived and the sad fact is that no matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can't avoid getting the flu.

Why Parents Need To Know The Signs Of Childhood Glaucoma

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

It may come as a surprise to learn that about 1 in 10,000 babies is born with glaucoma, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While uncommon, childhood glaucoma is a serious medical problem, and early diagnosis and treatment offer the best hope of preventing blindness.

Dear Father Who Shook His Baby

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

Why did you do it? I know your son was probably crying and crying and crying, because that's just what babies do at this age. Why didn't you just put him in his crib and walk away, go outside, call someone to come and help you?

Is Better Treatment Possible for Children With Food Allergies?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Research conducted over the past few years, and now underway at our institution and others around the country, has generated promising developments in diagnosing and treating food allergies.

Lessons From A Christmas Carol: Acceptance and Kindness for Children with Differences of Sex Development

Courtney Finlayson | Posted 02.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Finlayson

In the spirit of the holidays, I hope to open your hearts to understand a group of patients that have suffered, often silently, from stigmatization related to "disorders of sex development" (DSD) or "intersex," which affect up to 1 in 4,500 individuals.

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?