Safety and Prevention

New toys are soon to be the highlight of holidays for children all over the world. But our experts caution that parents need to choose toys carefully to reduce the risk of serious injury to children. First, it’s important to › Continue Reading

It’s the end of October and everyone is buzzing about Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s such a fun time of year, but as our doctors and experts in the Drug and Poison Information Center remind us, it’s also a time › Continue Reading

The explosive impact of the planes, the unfathomable collapse of the towers, panic in the debris-clouded streets, stunned faces, grieving families. The inescapable images of Sept. 11 that overwhelmed us a decade ago will once again dominate the airwaves as › Continue Reading

The best way to disrupt the spread of influenza is immunization for everyone — even the healthiest people — beginning at 6 months of age. But what about the very young — infants under 6 months for whom no flu › Continue Reading

It seems the older we get, the years go by faster and faster. Thank goodness we work with kids, they keep us young. Good-bye 2010, hello 2011. This time of year has us looking both backward and forward. For many › Continue Reading

The best way to disrupt the spread of influenza is immunization for everyone — even the healthiest people — beginning at 6 months of age. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. And more and more studies › Continue Reading

Flu season 2010-11 is fast approaching and as part of our preparation for this year’s strains of influenza, we’re remembering lessons from last year’s H1N1 pandemic. It was a flu season unlike any that we’ve seen before. With H1N1, we › Continue Reading

Maybe we just need to scare the hell out of people. That was the message from one the country’s leading advocates for childhood immunizations during a talk last week at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco. After › Continue Reading

Ordering hormonally charged teenagers not to have sex is probably not the most effective strategy for avoiding pregnancy.   Although the national birth rate for girls ages 15 to 19 decreased 2 percent between 2007 and 2008, the United States still › Continue Reading

About 42 percent of U.S. homes have a firearm, reported a recent article. Some may be surprised the number is so high, but I think it’s a rather conservative estimate. And I think the number is increasing in light of › Continue Reading

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March, is already beginning to protect families from some of the pains of health insurance.  When the new law is fully phased in by 2014, it will help families secure affordable health › Continue Reading

It’s insidious and often unreported, but child abuse is a scourge that haunts its victims today and into the future. It also threatens our very society. Fortunately, there is hope. And last week doctors, policemen, prosecutors and social workers came › Continue Reading

California’s whooping cough epidemic could be the worst in 50 years. As of late July, the state reported nearly 2,200 cases of the bacterial infection, including seven deaths — all infants younger than two months. And now whooping cough is › Continue Reading

Three out of every 10 girls becomes pregnant by the age of 20, in the United States. Even more sobering, the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and births of any industrialized country: birth rates here are 1.5 › Continue Reading

A new study in the Lancet offers good news in showing that death rates in children under 5 are dropping in many countries, according to data from 187 nations from 1970 to 2010.  The study notes that 7.7 million children › Continue Reading

Science has managed to document tens of thousands of things that can go wrong with the human body. Some of them cause minor discomfort – think heartburn. Others are more serious, or even deadly. Sometimes we don’t have a clue › Continue Reading

(Blogmeister’s note: This information was first published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 11) Alcohol use among adolescents affects all socioeconomic groups, and represents a tremendous financial and social cost. It can affect every organ system in the body. In › Continue Reading

The carnage we see in our emergency rooms has to stop, and I am convinced we have the ability to do it. We have been able to transform Haiti’s seemingly intractable epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS and to get › Continue Reading

Stamping out disease may have seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream a few generations ago, but today we know the power of modern medicine: once common diseases like small pox and polio are now usually only mentioned in › Continue Reading

The British medical journal Lancet yesterday announced its decision to officially retract Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study linking autism and the MMR vaccine. The decision was the result of long standing scientific concerns about the article – more than a dozen studies › Continue Reading

We’re in troubled times. Parents are frightened and upset. Children are scared. Doctors are seeing record numbers of patients. Stories of H1N1 fill the news every day. And while this flu virus is different, it’s nothing to panic about. Early › Continue Reading

The H1N1 vaccine is now available to the public, but instead of making plans to get the vaccine, many families are writing it off and encouraging other families to do the same. This, and an increasing trend among young, educated › Continue Reading