Chubby Babies
    June 11, 2003
    Chubby Babies

    Almost every day I hear from parents or grandparents who are concerned because they feel that the babies they love just aren’t getting enough to eat. They try to coax them to take just a few more ou…

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled
    May 29, 2003
    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    There’s good news and bad news. Dramatically good and dramatically bad. Duke University announced on May 28, 2003 the results of their 5-year randomized study on body fat. Two kinds of body fat accu…

    Organic Lunchbox Challenge
    January 30, 2003
    Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Dr. Greene on the Organic Lunchbox Challenge... Students I speak with observe that school food is often either unappetizing (overcooked cafeteria veggies) or unhealthy. Tasty junk food at school has b…

    October 26, 2002
    Constipation: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see when her diaper is changed. During the diaper years, the stools undergo several change…

    October 23, 2002
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering…

    Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, Sugar, Fat, and Calcium
    July 11, 2002
    Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, Sugar, Fat, and Calcium

    Parents are often reluctant to let their children drink too much chocolate (or otherwise flavored) milk, concerned that this will give their kids too much sugar or fat. Actually, a glass of flavored m…

    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…

    "What's Up, Doc?" -- A Creative Way to Promote Veggies
    March 1, 2002
    “What’s Up, Doc?” — A Creative Way to Promote Veggies

    Pass the carrots. Chuck Jones, the creator of Bugs Bunny, recently died at age 89. I asked my kids to each munch a carrot in honor of the passing of this man who did so much work that kids have enjoye…

    Breast-Feeding and Obesity
    May 18, 2001
    Breast-Feeding and Obesity: What’s the Real Deal?

    Dr. Greene explores contradictory studies about breastfeeding and obesity... It can be demoralizing when you get contradictory information about health. Two studies in the May 16th, 2001 issue of The …

    Dads Make a Difference
    April 27, 2001
    Dads Make a Difference

    Dr. Greene on the importance of dads! Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Ma…

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

    Dr. Greene's take on beneficial bacteria: The opposite of antibiotics are probiotics - a term coined in 1965 to describe substances that favor the growth of beneficial bacteria in the body. (more&hel…

    Diet Influences Asthma Risk
    September 8, 2000
    Diet Influences Asthma Risk

    Kids’ changing diets may be, in part, responsible for the worldwide increase in asthma. A study published in the September 2000 issue of Thorax looked at the demographics and skin test results of ch…

    An Orange a Day!
    April 17, 2000
    An Orange a Day!

    A study in the April 2000 issue of Thorax found that eating citrus fruit or kiwi might reduce asthma symptoms in children. In this Italian study of over 18,000 children, eating fruit rich in vitamin C…

    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness
    December 10, 1999
    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness

    An Ounce of Prevention... Kids who don't get enough zinc get sick more often and get well more slowly. Zinc is necessary for the immune system to be in top form. Where do kids get zinc? This is one in…

    A Solid Foundation
    July 30, 1999
    A Solid Foundation

    When your children are grown, much of their long-term health will depend on what they ate as kids, nutrition experts reported at the July 1999 National Conference on Advances in Pediatric Nutrition at…

    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
    July 29, 1999
    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!

    The July issue of Pediatrics reports convincing evidence (from an investigation of twins growing up in different environments) that up to 80% of the variation in body fat between children is genetic a…

    Sugar and Children's Diet
    January 5, 1999
    Sugar & Children’s Diet

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children do not need to eat large amounts of sugar. In the 1800s, the average American consumed 12 pounds of sugar per year. By 1975, however, after the overwhelming success of th…

    Fast Facts about SIDS
    August 3, 1998
    Fast Facts about SIDS

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child. (more…)…

    October 14, 1996
    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (little clumps that help the blood clot when needed). The red blood cells carry oxyge…