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Creating Work-life Balance As a Mother and Pediatric Oncologist

Rachel Brennan, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Rachel Brennan, M.D.

Managing the emotions that come with this job -- the highs and the lows -- is difficult, and was even before I had a daughter at home. Some nights, I hug my husband and my daughter extra tight.

6 Reasons Why Making Friends With Kids Is a Real Accomplishment

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They know when you are faking it. Not that adults can't figure out when you're faking it. But since adults do a fair amount of faking it themselves, they let it pass. Kids don't.

The Actual Risks Of Vaccines (It Turns Out There Aren't Many)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They couldn't find anything for the DTaP vaccine or the HIB vaccine. They couldn't find any association with autism. And they couldn't find any risk from giving a lot of vaccines at once; in fact, one study found that getting several vaccines may help protect children against leukemia.

Don't Let Asthma and Obesity Sideline Our Kids

Jason E. Lang | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason E. Lang

As a researcher treating pediatric pulmonary diseases by day and a dad for three active kids by night, I greatly value the physical and mental benefits of exercise for all kids. As long as it is carefully managed, physical activity can usually improve both lung function and asthma control over time.

Should You Break Up With Your Ob/Gyn?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

It's pretty clear that the gynecologists, obstetricians and pediatricians who are primarily responsible for our children's health are unified with the common goal of reducing exposure to toxic chemicals -- especially in pregnancy.

I'm A Pediatrician -- Should I Treat All Kids, Or Just The Vaccinated Ones?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents

By Sydney Spiesel For Slate The latest incident of parents who don’t vaccinate their children impacting parents who do is unfolding in New York C...

Should We Have Name Police?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Some unusual names can actually work -- and might be enjoyed. And, more importantly, it shouldn't matter what your name is. Or how you look, or where you're from, or your sexual orientation or whether you have disabilities. We are each as worthy as anyone else -- and deserving of respect and kindness.

Message to the ADHD Medical Community: Is Medication the Only Answer?

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Professionals know that there is no magic formula for "fixing" ADHD, and that active management is key for long-term success. Let's share that little secret with parents, shall we? The futures of their children are at stake.

6 Medical Tips On Choosing HPV Vaccination For Your Daughter Or Son (Or Not)

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

No one wants to talk about it, but HPV (human papilloma virus) is common, sexually-transmitted, and can cause suffering and reduced quality of life. This is serious stuff, and you should take a moment to think about it now.

7 Ways To Help A Family Facing Cancer -- And 3 Things NOT To Do

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We worry about scaring our children, and cancer can be scary. But by involving your children in helping, not only do you teach them compassion, you give them an important perspective.

L.A. -- Housecall Doctor on the Roam...

Maryam Zar | Posted 10.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

If you live in Los Angeles you are really lucky. Not because the sun shines incessantly or because you may bump into a celebrity while shopping for groceries, getting your latte or settling in for a mani-pedi, but because you have the House Call Doctor.

Autism Is Not a Parenting Fail

Brenda Rothman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I was trying so hard. And everywhere I turned, I heard that I was doing it wrong. What if, instead, you had been told this: You've done nothing wrong. You didn't cause this. You were given an instruction manual for a Ford and your child is a Ferrari. So, congratulations!

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.

Make Doctors' Visits Easier for Your Kids

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

The way you talk to your child about doctors' visits is important. Kids are sensitive to their parent's emotional state, so a calm and reassuring tone is important.

Is Stress Causing Your Child's Stomachaches?

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

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.

Tips for Talking to Arrogant Doctors

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

I know as well as anyone how many demands doctors face. We feel pressure to be on time, get a detailed medical history and not make mistakes. But how much time does it take to say hello and give a patient the sense that you are there to help? According to medical research, it does not take much time at all.

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.

Interview with a Kindergartener

Ricky Choi, MD, MPH | Posted 10.14.2012 | Parents
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH

In the midst of the frenzy, hopes and expectations of the new school year, perhaps the best advice we can all follow is to relax and listen to our children.

Pediatrician Busted In Child Porn Sting

Posted 12.02.2011 | Crime

A Georgia pediatrician faces federal child pornography charges after getting rounded up in an multi-state sting. Yancy Craft, also known as Travis ...

Pediatrician Busted In Child Porn Sting

Posted 12.02.2011 | Crime

A Georgia pediatrician faces federal child pornography charges after getting rounded up in an multi-state sting. Yancy Craft, also known as Travis ...

Pediatrician Sentenced To Life In Prison For Sexually Abusing Child Patients

AP | RANDALL CHASE | Posted 10.26.2011 | Crime

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley will spend the rest of his life in prison for committing horrific acts of sexual ab...

OIWW Madagascar Builds Home for Orphans - with Violins

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I am pleased to announce the formation of the newest chapter of Orphans International Worldwide: OIWW-Madagascar Orphelinat St-Paul, being built just ...

'Orphan Doctor' Calls on World Community to End Orphan Crisis by Tackling Poverty

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Dr. Jane Aronson, founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), has issued a bold response today to a recent article on child trafficking. J...

The Obesity Problem Starts At Birth: Parents Giving Children Too Much Food

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

I was sitting in a booth at the local Chinese restaurant and doing what I do all the time: baby watching. I am a frustrated grandfather wanna-be. I lo...

Why I Wrote Dangerous or Safe?

Dr. Cara Natterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Cara Natterson

I hope that parents find relief with Dangerous or Safe?. I hope that they read it and take a long, deep breath. I hope it changes a few behaviors, but more importantly I hope it affects perspective.