Dr. Greene's Blog

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    Do not “take two aspirins and call me in the morning”: The story of Enterovirus D68

      The story began on August 19, 2014 when a children’s hospital in Kansas City notified the CDC that almost two-dozen children had been admitted to the hospital with a severe respiratory illness. Four days later the CDC heard from a different children’s hospital 511 miles away, reporting more than a dozen seriously ill children […]

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  • Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and tick repellent that is safe, effective, and easy to use. It also helps if it doesn’t smell like bug spray.

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    The Berkeley Project: Why Be Normal

    I can virtually guarantee you, somebody you love has this problem — high blood pressure. 1 in 3 people in the United States has high blood pressure and it tends to be even higher in developing countries. Tackling this one problem, in all likelihood, is the single thing you can do to extend quality years […]

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  • Young girl sleeping in a colorful crib with the lights on

    From the Kitchen to the Bedroom

      Today’s parents need to know. New information has recently been uncovered about an important link: the link between kids’ sleep quality and obesity. The link is more profound and more specific than many people expected. This information is so important because more than 1 in 3 children today end up overweight even as kids.[i] […]

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    Stinger Zinger

    Get ready for an interesting bee season! All the way back in the summer of 1997 we had a noticeable spike in questions at DrGreene.com about severe mosquito bite reactions and severe headaches, most of them coming from Orange County, Florida. I wondered if there might be a new mosquito-borne encephalitis epidemic brewing there. I […]

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  • Peacefully Sleeping Toddler

    You Are What You Sleep

    How your children sleep may change their body composition – their lean body mass, total body fat, abdominal fat, and waist and hip circumference. A fascinating new study showed tight links between kids’ not getting enough sleep as babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and becoming obese by age 7. Researchers at Harvard’s Mass General Hospital followed […]

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  • The Sweetness of Breast Milk vs Formula

    Should Infant Formula Be Sweetened: Mother (Nature) Knows Best

    Breast milk is a marvelous, complex whole food, perfect for growing babies. The composition of breast milk varies from month to month, from day to day, and even within a single feeding. But whenever it’s sampled, breast milk is also pretty sweet. On average, there are about 10g of lactose (milk sugar) in every 100 […]

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  • I Was Wrong About the Environment

    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide again, and divide again. At first all the cells are the same, but something changes. Soon the cells become different from […]

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  • Its Hard to Say Goodbye

    It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

    Today we say goodbye to a very dear friend. No, she’s not “gone”, but she is leaving the DrGreene.com Team after fourteen years and we couldn’t let her move-on to the next phase of her life without acknowledging what an integral part she has played in the lives of parents around the world, thanking her […]

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    Skin to Skin Contact with Your Premature Baby

    When you find out you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is plan for a less than ideal birth. You want to share 40 weeks of blissful pregnancy, followed by a four hour labor and five minute delivery, then hold your newborn in your arms and bond. I hope that’s your experience. But […]

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