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American Academy of Pediatrics

A Matter of Words

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Folks are not familiar with issues around adoption and don't know the correct language to use unless they have been impacted by adoption or educated on the issues. Likewise with the LGBT community.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

You Mamas Taking Iodine?

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

I had no idea that the salt used to make most processed foods lacked iodine, that the majority of prenatal vitamins didn't provide iodine and that the number of women who may have a deficiency was so large. I'm not alone.

Why I Didn't Choose Circumcision

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

I'm a bit depressed. Our midwife gave me a book about circumcision. I've started the book and can't put it down. I'm not sure that I'll ever fully recover.

Should the AAP Sleep Alone?

Melissa Bartick | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Melissa Bartick

Some public health messages everyone can agree with: Never drink and drive. Always put your infant in a car seat. Other public health messages seem to ask us to do the impossible: Teenagers must never have sex. Mothers must never share a bed with their infants.

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.

Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Pediatricians Update Guidelines For Kids' Checkups

Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

By Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer Published: 02/24/2014 07:07 AM EST on LiveScience New guidelines released today by a leading U.S. pediat...

Asking Saves Kids

Daniel Gross | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Daniel Gross

This isn't a gun issue. It's a responsibility issue. Thousands of tragedies, in homes across our country, could be prevented if parents and others had more responsible attitudes and behaviors about the real risks of guns in the home.

One Year Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

A Year After Sandy Hook, Our Kids Are Still Dying From Guns

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Released just days before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took the lives of 20 young students in Newtown, Conn., la...

Isn't It Time for Pediatricians to Stop Pitting Food Allergies Against Healthy Eating Habits?

Dina R. Rose | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

If pediatricians want to improve children's health, they should start by changing how they advise parents to introduce solid to their infants. It's outmoded, overly cautious and at odds with current research on how good eating habits develop.

Why Social Media Has Value for Children

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Mark Weinstein

I commend the Academy for its efforts and intent, and it is revelatory to see that despite advances in mobile phones, iPads, computers, and the learning tools delivered by them, the group still questions their efficacy in the healthy upbringing of a child. At the same time I question some of their recommendations.

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...

Screen Time for Preschoolers: Recommendations vs. Reality

Julie Dobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with its 2013 recommendations about children and media use. While many researchers, politicians, teachers and parents applaud these strict recommendations, an awful lot of parents wonder how realistically they can adhere to them.

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.

FDA Sets New Limits On Arsenic In Apple Juice

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favor...

Lisa Belkin

The Questions Pediatricians Urge Parents To Ask Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents

Do you have a gun in your home? Is it locked away from children? Is the ammunition stored separately? Those are the questions pediatricians are be...

War-Gaming Cell Phone Science Protects Neither Brains Nor Private Parts

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Whenever a report pops up questioning cell phone safety, a contrary report stands ready in the wings to cast doubt about its legitimacy.

Putting a Price Tag on a Childhood Disease

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Alexander

Tens of thousands of premature babies were at great risk of acquiring a potentially deadly disease, all because of the actions of a committee of doctors who appeared motivated more by cost than by medicine.

Catherine Pearson

Pediatricians Weigh In On Home Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents

The safety of home birth is hotly debated, and now another major medical group has waded into the fray. The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday i...

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

Political Correctness, or Equality, for Heather and Her Two Mommies?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Susan Ochshorn

Equality embodies our humanity, and our progress as a nation. But for those who prefer their rationale more hard-nosed: Human capital -- our children -- is the engine of our economy. And they need support from consistent, loving, healthy adults, no matter their sexual orientation.

AAP Endorses Gay Marriage. So Why Am I So Annoyed?

Parenting.com | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...