Obesity Gene Can Be Counteracted

Many obese patients like to blame their weight problems on their genes.  A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine evaluated a specific variant of the FTO gene that controls fat mass and exercise has shown that daily moderate to vigorous excercise can counteract the effects of the gene.  Previous studies showed that there […]

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ADHD diagnosed in Adults

More and more adults are now being diagnosed with ADHD.  Part of the reason is that ADHD is now recognized more and more by physicians and the public awareness of the disorder.  I often see children in my practice with ADHD and notice that the parents have very similar symptoms of impulsivity and distractibility.  Sometimes […]

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Bullying: the one child-safety hazard we don’t address

Last week’s bullying related death of Phoebe Prince in Massachusettes once again demonstrates the immediate and serious child health and safety problem of bullying. In the loud echo of these nationally-publicized incidents, it would seem that there would be a national call-to-action. If it were another problem killing our children at school, let’s say a […]

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The Internet Dilemma

Children are learning at a very young age to use the internet to gather information and to connect with friends. It is important to make sure that the information  and connections are accurate and healthy. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conducted a survey and the following statistics represent the potential dangers of […]

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When fears turn to phobias

Bees, costumed characters, germs, thunderstorms: what do they have in common? They all have the potential to cause fear and anxiety in both children and adults. Childhood fears are commonplace, in fact, psychologists view it as not typical if a child experiences no fears or worries during the course of their development. Childhood fears help […]

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ADHD and Young Children

For the parents of a child with ADHD, everyday tasks turn into battles—from getting the child out the door in the morning to getting him to bed at night. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, so I remember what it was like to have a daily tug of war with an attention […]

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FDA Temporarily Suspends Rotarix Vaccine

The FDA has temporarily suspended the use of Rotarix vaccine in children.  Rotarix vaccine is a vaccine given by mouth to infants to prevent gastroenteritis caused by Rotavirus.  Rotavirus can cause severe dehydration in infants and young children.  Tests on the product showed that the Rotarix vaccine contains porcine ciclovirus 1; porcine ciclovirus is not known […]

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Baby Sling Recall

Recently a popular mode of carrying infants is with a sling.  Over 1 million baby slings have been sold by Infantino and there had been 3 cases of infant deaths associated with them.  The government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that parents stop using the sling for infants under 4 months of age.  It […]

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