Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids
    July 9, 2008
    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drug…

    Cord Blood Banking
    September 12, 2005
    Cord Blood Banking

    Cord Blood I love being able to help my children give gifts. For Mother’s Day and for my wife’s birthday, it’s a treat for me to get a sense of what the kids want to give, and to provide what th…

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster
    October 28, 2004
    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenag…

    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together
    October 21, 2004
    Dad and Mom Prevent High Blood Pressure Together

    High blood pressure, which used to be a disease of middle age, is becoming more common in children. Once a child has high blood pressure, unless there are significant lifestyle changes, the high blood…

    Blood Pressure in Children
    August 3, 2004
    Blood Pressure in Children

    What's your three-year-old's blood pressure? August 2004 guidelines from The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Children recommend that blood pressure screening begin at a…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese …

    Congenital Heart Disease
    March 24, 2003
    Congenital Heart Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: AS, ASD, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Atrial Septal Defects, CHD, Coarctation of the Aorta, Hypoplastic Left Ventricle, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, PDA, PS, Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, Tetralo…

    Hemoglobin Levels
    January 12, 2003
    Hemoglobin Levels

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A hemoglobin test measures the amount of hemoglobin--not iron. The most common reason for low hemoglobin is low iron, but it can be caused by many things. The CBC (complete blood …

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    October 23, 2002
    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (littl…

    Cardiovascular Health in Children
    July 8, 2002
    Cardiovascular Health in Children

    Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing about half a million people each year. Coronary heart disease used to be thought of as a disease of the middle aged and the el…

    Contagious Heart Disease
    March 28, 2002
    Contagious Heart Disease

    Group A strep is a common cause of illness in children. Usually the disease is as mild as strep throat, but strep can also cause serious illnesses, including toxic shock, “flesh-eating disease”, a…

    Blood Pressure, the Time is Now.
    October 1, 2001
    Blood Pressure, the Time is Now.

    Parents of overweight teens often feel reassured that the youth and vitality of their children protects them from the harm of being overweight, at least until they are older. Looking for another reaso…

    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria
    November 7, 2000
    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria

    The opposite of antibiotics are probiotics - a term coined in 1965 to describe substances that favor the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the body. (more…)…

    How To Determine and Manage Rh Incompatibility
    April 26, 1999
    How To Determine and Manage Rh Incompatibility

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Corina, your situation is both dangerous and precarious. Every snowflake is different and each person is even more so! Each cell in our bloodstream carries our own genetic signatu…

    Kawasaki's Disease
    November 30, 1998
    Kawasaki’s Disease

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A 3-year-old boy who loves trucks and ice cream is acting more irritable and easily frustrated than usual. Is this a phase--an echo of the "terrible twos"--or might he not be feel…

    Kawasaki Disease Defined
    November 30, 1998
    Kawasaki Disease Defined

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kawasaki disease is an uncommon but important cause of fever in children. It was first noticed in Japanese children following World War II. While it is more common among the Japan…

    Functional Heart Murmurs
    July 14, 1997
    Functional Heart Murmurs

    Dr. Greene's Answer: My community of San Mateo, California has enjoyed the privilege of having a crusty, lovable, brilliant pediatric cardiologist who taught physicians and parents alike about childre…

    The Jaundice / Azithromycin Link
    May 27, 1997
    The Jaundice / Azithromycin Link

    Dr. Greene's Answer: My heart goes out to your family, and to their doctor in Kerala, who must all have many questions about the little baby's condition. Azithromycin (Zithromax) is a powerful new ant…

    Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
    January 13, 1997
    Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

    Dr. Greene's Answer: No one knows what causes it. We do know that it often follows a viral respiratory infection. It seems to be some kind of allergic reaction to the virus. It has also been seen foll…

    Murmur
    January 10, 1997
    Murmur

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Parents are often terrified when a doctor tells them that their baby has a heart or lung murmur. The word "murmur" resonates with nightmare visions about their child's health. Ind…