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Chronic Illnesses + Conditions

These posts focus on mild to severe chronic health conditions that affect children (and their parents).

When Are Frequent Illnesses Signs Of A Compromised Immune System?

By December 13, 2016 No Comments

It’s cold and flu season and around this time of year I start seeing parents in my office concerned that their child is “always sick,” and that there must be something wrong with their child’s immune system or that they have a “low immune system.” I don’t doubt these parents when they say that their […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Infectious Disease + Vaccines

Can Thumb Sucking Really Prevent Allergies?

By July 27, 2016 No Comments

Wouldn’t it be great if there was something we could do to prevent or decrease the development of allergies? Especially if that something was a common behavior that most of our children are already doing? That would make everyone’s life a lot easier. Well, that’s what a recent study out of New Zealand attempted to […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers

Can We Really Prevent Peanut Allergy by Feeding It to Infants?

By April 6, 2016 1 Comment

Luke, what does Uncle Dave always say? “No nuts!” That’s exactly the advice I gave to my 2-year-old nephew when I first started my allergy/immunology fellowship a decade ago. After all, those were the recommendations published in 2000 from the American Academy of Pediatrics. To try and prevent the development of food allergies, the guidelines […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers

I Want Data: Pregnancy When You Have A Rare(ish) Disease

By February 29, 2016 No Comments

“Can’t you just look at the monitor and tell me when to push?” I asked my nurse. “I feel like I need more data to tell me whether or not I’m getting any closer to having this baby.” I had been pushing for more than three hours and the epidural left me with little physical […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning

Is Monsanto Behind Cases of Microcephaly in Brazil?

By February 17, 2016 12 Comments

I am a medical doctor and professor of public health, and I am also the father of a beautiful daughter and uncle to the world’s best niece.  We also live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  We are being inundated with information and misinformation about Zika and its correlation to microcephaly.  There is a lot of […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting

My Son Deserves to See His Fourth Birthday

By February 3, 2016 5 Comments

  A few days ago a plea I made on Facebook for my son’s life went viral. As of today it’s been shared over 6,000 times, but still I worry my plea has been unheard. My son, my precious two year old Atticus, is fighting a form of childhood cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers

What is Microcephaly + What’s the Link to Zika?

By February 1, 2016 1 Comment

  With the increasing news coverage of Zika and it’s reported link to the birth defect microcephaly we’ve received a number of reader questions about microcephaly and what it actually means for children born with the condition.  We reached out to infectious disease specialist, Dr. Judy Stone, to answer some of your questions. What does […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants

Trouble in the Water: The Poisonous Price of Fiscal Conservatism in Flint, Michigan

By January 25, 2016 2 Comments

  As a single parent to two teenage girls, I have spent the majority of my adult life trying to protect them from every conceivable injury, or hurt that I can. I never thought what I might have to protect them from was as essential for survival as water, and as ubiquitous as a municipal […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health