Young boy swimming in a pool with eyes open. Swimming pool water quality.
    March 2, 2017
    Pee in the Pool: What You Should Know, What You Should Do

    Scientists recently figured out a cool way to measure how much urine is in a public swimming pool. And the results are sure to turn some heads! Their sweet idea? They used the artificial sweetener ace…

    Group of young boys on a soccer field.
    May 11, 2016
    Avoiding Concussions in Youth Athletics

    As summer rolls around and students begin to get out of school, parents may be gearing up for another season: youth athletics. Whether it's T-ball, pee-wee football, outdoor basketball, or co-ed socce…

    Mosquito sucking blood on human skin with nature background. Mosquitos spread Zika Virus.
    March 23, 2016
    The Bottom Line on Zika Virus

    “Zika!” It started as a whisper and turned into a roar heard ‘round the globe. First discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 30 cou…

    Boy in the street with injury screaming after falling off to his bicycle
    May 28, 2015
    What to Do When Your Child’s Tooth Gets Knocked Out

    It's traumatizing for a parent: your child comes running to you, blood streaming from their mouth, after having fallen off their bike. My wife loves to tell the story of when she fell off her bike as …

    April 11, 2014
    What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

    Concussions pose a serious threat to the developing brains of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, there is no single sign or symptom that positively indicates that a concussion has occurred. The …

    April 10, 2014
    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can …

    December 13, 2013
    Pediatricians vs. Chemical Industry

    Who should Congress listen to as they craft laws to regulate toxic chemicals? There is nothing more important than protecting our children’s health. The majority of parents know that when it comes d…

    December 11, 2013
    Creating safe and healthy environments

    When you think about the word “environment”, what comes to mind? Yosemite National Park, swimming in a lake in northern Wisconsin, or a field of roaming bison? For most people we think of the natu…

    Child laying in bed with a stuffed toy. The toy has a bandage around the nead. Does it need an ice pack or warm compresses?
    November 28, 2013
    Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses After Injury

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Great question. Many parents and teachers ask the same question. Below is an explanation of how cold and warmth work with the body. I hope this will help you understand when to us…

    As Easy as One, Two, Three: Simple Rules to Help Make Choices that are Great for Families and the Environment
    May 24, 2010
    As Easy as One, Two, Three: Simple Rules to Help Make Choices that are Great for Families and the Environment

    You may be surprised to know that, pound for pound, kids eat more food, drink more liquids and inhale more fumes than adults. That’s why, according to the EPA, carcinogens in our environment are on …

    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…

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

    Dr. Greene's take on bottled water... 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 en…

    Sunglasses and Kids
    March 17, 1997
    Sunglasses and Kids

    Dr. Greene's Answer: One of the great wonders of the human body is the ability of damaged cells to be repaired or replaced. Red blood cells, for instance, live for about 120 days. Each day, about 1% o…