The Tooth Fairy Lives in Texas. And Has a New Purpose
    August 17, 2006
    The Tooth Fairy Lives in Texas. And Has a New Purpose

    In 2003 I wrote an article about the very sensitive subject of stem cell research. However, I wasn't writing about fetal stem cell harvesting; I was discussing stem cells found in baby teeth. Prelimin…

    Preschool French Fries and Breast Cancer
    August 23, 2005
    Preschool French Fries and Breast Cancer

    The more servings of French fries that women had eaten way back when they were preschoolers, the more likely they were to develop breast cancer as adults, according to a Harvard study in the August 10…

    Eczema Treatment Warning
    March 21, 2005
    Eczema Treatment Warning

    The breezy television ads for certain steroid-free eczema treatment products have always bothered me. While they don.t say anything untrue, they do incorrectly imply that this treatment is gentler a…

    Obese in Preschool
    January 13, 2005
    Obese in Preschool

    More than 10 percent of American kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese, according to the January 2005 annual statistics report of the American Heart Association. This number…

    Fast-Food Fallout
    January 5, 2005
    Fast-Food Fallout

    Does stopping by a fast food restaurant a few times a week with your kids really make a difference in their health? A major long-term study has found a strong association between eating fast food more…

    Physical Activity at Preschool
    November 10, 2004
    Physical Activity at Preschool

    Healthy kids 3 to 5 years old thrive best with at least 120 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Most people think of preschoolers as high-activity kids, but the current obe…

    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…

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer
    October 26, 2004
    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    Dr. Greene's take on childhood obesity and cancer... The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, accor…

    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…

    Can you leave the light on?
    September 14, 2004
    Can you leave the light on?

    Dr. Greene's take on leaving the light on at night... Is it dangerous for kids to sleep with the light on? Lots of interesting news has been coming out of the 2004 Children with Leukemia conference in…

    Crippling Our Children
    September 12, 2004
    Crippling Our Children

    What can take otherwise vibrant, healthy teens and permanently give them the lung capacities of 50-year-olds? Air pollution! Perhaps spare the air days should be called spare the children days. The ai…

    The Largest Recall in History
    August 12, 2004
    The Largest Recall in History

    Inexpensive toy jewelry sold in vending machines can pose a significant risk to children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that many of the jewelry trinkets sold in ve…

    Sedentary Preschoolers
    January 19, 2004
    Sedentary Preschoolers

    I love watching young children at play. Kids are designed with energy to burn. Unfortunately, though, they're not burning it! Preschoolers are so naturally full of curiosity and energy that it's almos…

    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?
    October 9, 2003
    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?

    The more often that children dieted, the more likely they were to become more overweight over the next three years, according to a study of 14,972 children in the October 2003 Pediatrics. Binge eating…

    Finding Migraines
    August 19, 2003
    Finding Migraines

    Even though migraines are quite common, they often go undiagnosed and under-treated for years. A technique called ID migraine is a simple set of three questions that can be a powerful way to detect mi…

    Snoring, Asthma, and Nighttime Coughs
    August 15, 2003
    Snoring, Asthma, and Nighttime Coughs

    There is a link between snoring, asthma, and nighttime coughs in preschool children according to a study from Australia published in the August 2003 issue of Chest. We’ve known for awhile that night…

    Ear Tubes and Development
    August 7, 2003
    Ear Tubes and Development

    We know that fluid behind the eardrum decreases hearing in children as long as it is present. We also know that the first 3 years of life are a very important time in a child’s development. The ques…

    Music and Brain Power?
    July 30, 2003
    Music and Brain Power?

    Music lessons for kids can result in better verbal memory skills, claims a study in the July 2003 Neuropsychology. In this study of 90 boys at a Hong Kong school, half were part of their school’s st…

    Early Clue to Autism
    July 16, 2003
    Early Clue to Autism

    A powerful early warning signal for autism was proposed in the July 16, 2003 issue of JAMA. The symptoms of autism usually are not first noticed until children are already toddlers or in preschool. Th…

    Snoring and Grades
    June 18, 2003
    Snoring and Grades

    Did you just get your child’s report card?  Were his grades lower than you’d like?  Does your child snore?  If so, one of the best things you can do to help him succeed in school or thrive in p…