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  • PEDIATRIC TELEHEALTH: RAPIDLY EMERGING AND HERE TO STAY
         Telehealth has been on the back burner in pediatrics for many years.  Also referred to as telemedicine, the use of online audio-visual platforms to provide "virtual" office visits Read more
  • Diabetes and Your Child
    With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children Read more
  • HOUSTON THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE 2019
    Hard to believe it’s been 26 years, though I remember the excitement of taking my own kids to  the first one:  in a few weeks, on Sunday, the 25th of August, Read more
  • URGENT CARE OR EMERGENCY ROOM?
    Parents will often comment that their children "always" seem to develop an illness or injure themselves and need medical attention  after pediatric office hours, weekends, or holidays.  While the reality Read more
  • A Perspective on Acute Flaccid Myelitis
    Occasionally diseases that are actually pretty rare attract enough attention though media (and social media), that they are perceived to be far more prevalent and threatening than they actually are. Read more
  • FLU VACCINE 2018--THE BASICS TO KNOW
      Vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season is now arriving in physicians’ offices and other facilities that offer vaccine administration, and on September 3rd the AAP announced its policy statement on Read more
  • A VERY HELPFUL DEVELOPMENTAL TRACKEDR
    One of the most important goals of pediatric checkups, especially in the first two or three years, is monitoring  child development.  Recognition of the attainment of developmental milestones at the Read more
  • THE AAP REVISITS THE CIRCUMCISION DEBATE
    One of the most frequent question asked by new parents during a prenatal visit or at the first hospital newborn visit just happens to be about a subject that involves Read more
  • THE SEASON LOOMS: HESITANT ABOUT THE FLU VACCINE?
    Health news and recommendations in the month of October invariably brings the annual campaign to get those flu shots.  Actually, even the term is simplistic  as influenza vaccine has for Read more
  • WHAT EXACTLY IS “THE MENINGITIS VACCINE?”
    We would probably have to go back to FDR’s “New Deal” of the 1930’s to find more “alphabet soup” than we encounter with our current list of recommended childhood vaccines  Read more
  • RX: READ TO YOUR KIDS
    Some months ago, the Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed piece by Steve Cohen, discussing a preschool program much different from those that are best known, such as the Head Read more
  • REVISED SAFE INFANT SLEEP-RELATED PRACTICES FROM THE AAP
    It’s now been almost two decades since the AAP officially published itsfirst official recommendation that infants be slept supine–on their backs not abdomens–after solid research strongly supported that this reduced Read more
  • RECOGNIZING THE AVAILABILITY, HAZARDS OF E-CIGARETTES IN TEENS
    In a recent issue of AAP News, the Academy is bringing to parents’ attention a risk that is generally not associated with adolescents, but has joined the list of products Read more
  • PUTTING ENTEROVIRUS 68 INTO PERSPECTIVE
    Although the news coverage has  receded a bit,  many  articles still describe the recent enterovirus 68 outbreak as a “mystery virus.”   While there have been hundreds of children affected with Read more
  • SOME BIG TOXICITY IN SMALL BOTTLES
    In October the FDA issued a warning bringing to parents’ attention the unrecognized dangers of  agents that cause cause significant toxicity in small amounts–which is exactly the way these medications Read more
  • SOME JUMPING TO JUMP AWAY FROM
    The Academy released online an updated statement  on recreational trampoline use in late September, and  although there has been a consistent decline in the rates of injury in the last Read more