The Mad Cow Lottery
    January 5, 2004
    The Mad Cow Lottery

    The chances of your children eating mad cow infected beef in the U.S. appear to be extremely small - on the order of your chances of winning a supper lottery jackpot. Only 81 animals are believed to h…

    Echinacea and Colds in Children
    December 9, 2003
    Echinacea and Colds in Children

    In the U.S., more than $300 million are spent each year on echinacea, mostly in an attempt to treat and prevent the common cold. Colds are especially common in children, who average 3 to 8 colds a yea…

    Why Do Bones Break In Children?
    November 6, 2003
    Why Do Bones Break In Children?

    Kids who have more than one broken bone during childhood should be checked to find out why - especially if the trauma leading to the break was minor. We used to think that these were just very active …

    Toss That Ipecac
    November 3, 2003
    Toss That Ipecac

    What should you do if your child swallows something toxic?  Traditional advice used to be to keep a bottle of syrup of Ipecac at home for just such an emergency.  At the 2003 annual meeting of the A…

    Alana and Troy
    October 29, 2003
    Alana and Troy

    I wept again this morning when I stood with my family at the spot in our neighborhood where 7-year-old Alana Pack and her 10 year-old brother Troy were killed. This was an entirely preventable tragedy…

    Baby Bath Seats
    October 21, 2003
    Baby Bath Seats

    Some baby-baths are times of giggling delight; some are frustrating fits of crying – for the baby and the parents. Baby bath seats are one attempt to make bath time easier, safer, and happier, but t…

    What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?
    October 16, 2003
    What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?

    Sometimes our actions ripple onward to our children and our children’s children. Babies born during the Dutch winter famine of 1944-45 had birthweights that varied depending on what trimester they w…

    Back to After-School
    August 27, 2003
    Back to After-School

    As the school year starts up again, more parents are concerned with the hours after school than with school itself, according to a survey commissioned by a national nonprofit coalition of more than 2,…

    Try This At Home
    August 21, 2003
    Try This At Home

    Medical Centers are equipped with oxygen outlets on the wall. When newborns are having trouble at birth, 100% oxygen is routinely used as part of the resuscitation efforts. But around the world, not a…

    A Tragic Lesson
    August 20, 2003
    A Tragic Lesson

    A young doctor named Hitoshi Nikaidoh graduated from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School in June 2003. He began work as a surgical intern in July. In August he stepped into a second-floor e…

    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries
    August 12, 2003
    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    The statistics are in, and happily there were no deaths from heatstroke among U.S. football players during the 2002 season (or so far in 2003), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports…

    Smoking Rate in Young Girls on the Rise
    August 11, 2003
    Smoking Rate in Young Girls on the Rise

    Young girls are now smoking cigarettes almost as much as young boys are, according to the results of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey released on August 7, 2003. And both boys and girls are using other…

    Congratulations Youve made an important choice
    August 8, 2003
    Congratulations! You’ve made an important choice …

    ...to pursue CPR training. I salute you in your efforts to be trained to help save lives. In the United States, you can find a CPR event near you by just entering your zip code here. In any country yo…

    Helmet Fit and Condition
    August 6, 2003
    Helmet Fit and Condition

    Shoes protect the feet; helmets protect the head. Helmets can be very effective at preventing serious head injuries, but nevertheless, head injury during active play remains a leading cause of death a…

    Summer Is Heating Up!
    July 31, 2003
    Summer Is Heating Up!

    It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere – and hot, really hot, in many areas.  We are warm-blooded. Our bodies produce heat. When a muscle contracts, only about 25 percent of the energy is used fo…

    A True Lifesaver
    July 7, 2003
    A True Lifesaver

    A major change in lifesaving recommendations was made in July 2003. Amazing machines called automated external defibrillators or AEDs can be found in an increasing number of public places. These machi…

    Acrylamide is in the news today!
    July 2, 2003
    Acrylamide is in the news today!

    Dr. Greene has been concerned about acrylamide since 2002 when The World Health Organization convened an emergency expert panel in to evaluate the potential health threats of acrylamide, a known toxic…

    How Much Blood is Too Much?
    June 25, 2003
    How Much Blood is Too Much?

    I received a phone call today from someone whose job includes drawing blood from children at a top university medical center. He was concerned that too much blood was being taken from children to be h…

    Does Paxil Kill Children?
    June 17, 2003
    Does Paxil Kill Children?

    On June 10, 2003 the British government issued a very strong warning about the antidepressant Paxil, called Seroxat in Britain, saying that it "should not be used in children and adolescents under the…

    Bottled Water: Summer Tip
    June 9, 2003
    Bottled Water: Summer Tip

    I came across an interesting article in the June 3, 2003 Boston Globe. “Water bottles are not all created equal.” The article quotes Ryan Jordan, a biofilm engineer, who explained that softer plas…