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American Academy of Pediatrics

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? | 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...

Toddlers, Technology and the Well-Rounded Toy Box

Tony Favorito | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents
Tony Favorito

We've all seen the YouTube videos of babies masterfully using technology and moments when they swipe magazines like iPads. This topic of toddlers and technology invariably brings on a robust debate -- with experts positing if, when and how children should be exposed to technology.

John Celock

Dems Sign On To New State Gun Ban | John Celock | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

More than 50 state legislators in Kansas -- including four Democrats -- have co-sponsored a gun bill that would, among other things, prohibit most doc...

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | Posted 03.19.2013 | Parents

For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.

In the Digital Age, Moderation Is Key

Rahil Briggs, Psy.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Rahil Briggs, Psy.D.

The debate continues to rage on as to the true role technology is playing in young children's lives, with informed "experts" on both sides claiming the superior stand. Maybe it's the easy way out, but how about everything in moderation, especially for younger children?

Is Organic Food A Hoax?

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.07.2013 | Home

The popularity of organic foods has surged in recent years as consumers seek to avoid synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in modern farming. But...

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.

Putting a Gag on Doctors: The Wrong Approach for Gun Rights

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

We need to talk about gun safety. Really. For years now, the gun lobby, driven by the NRA, has had considerable success at thwarting the flow of information to doctors concerning gun-inflicted injury.

Gun Policy and Safety: Doctors Know Best?

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Years ago, the California Academy of Pediatrics asked me to help develop policy and educational materials regarding having guns in the home, so that doctors could best advise parents on the safest practices on this topic.

The Bottom Line

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

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.

Paging Dr. Johnnie Walker

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Pediatrics is an art unique in the medical profession. It is the simultaneous treatment of two discrete patients, each with different, often conflicting, needs -- a child who is either sick or healthy, and a parent who may or may not know the difference.

Why Big Bird is Good for Kids

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

Big Bird and his Muppet friends are not harmful to children's ability to think and focus, whereas some cartoons on commercial television stations are harmful to these abilities in children.

First, Do No Harm

Georganne Chapin | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Georganne Chapin

Intactivists plan to be in New Orleans this October when the AAP presents its Task Force report. We will be asking pediatricians to respect their first ethical obligation to their patients, which is to do no harm.

Is Infant Circumcision a Violation of Human Rights?

William M. O'Barr | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
William M. O'Barr

In the hubbub surrounding the American Academy of Pediatrics' endorsement of circumcision this week, a single question remains unanswered: Does infant circumcision violate basic human rights?

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.

Catherine Pearson

Major Pediatric Group Releases New Circumcision Guidelines | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents

For the first time in more than a decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its policy on male circumcision showing more support for the ...

12 Very Important Questions I'd Love Answered

Melissa Sher | Posted 10.12.2012 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Is there an official government position on when you should stop referring to yourself in the third person ("Give Mommy the spoon") to your children?

Are Kids Being Forgotten Under State Budget Cuts?

| Posted 05.29.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Stephanie Snyder Low-income children in rural California communities are in jeopardy of...

Sen. James Inhofe Seeks to Destroy Landmark EPA Ruling

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

For parents and health administrators who thought that 2011 had ended in a victory for clean air, 2012 is yielding a new surprise from an elected representative who is determined to put a stranglehold on the EPA.

Vermont Lawmakers Debate Letting Parents Say No To Vaccines For School

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For Jennifer Stella, it's a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daught...

Do TV Programs Have Educational Value For Young Kids?

| Ari Brown | Posted 12.26.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog. Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician in Austin, Texas and lead author of the...

Children and Media: Pediatricians' Monolith Myth

David Kleeman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Parents
David Kleeman

Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the long-awaited update to its 1999 policy statement on media use by children younger than two. I am amazed that with 12 years to work on it, the AAP labored so mightily and brought forth such a mouse.

The Difficulties Of Diagnosing A Child With ADHD

| Posted 12.18.2011 | Parents

By Brian Palmer (Click here for the original article.) The American Academy of Pediatrics on Sunday issued new guidelines that urge parents and do...