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Fourteen is a big year of transition in many kids' lives... Whether it's the start of dating, getting their own phone, or learning how to drive, it is a time when they can start to do more on their own. That includes, according to new research.... crossing the street safely? 

It seems so, at least in simulations. A new study from the University of Iowa shows that, before their teen years, children do not have the perceptual judgment to cross a road with traffic safely. This affirms common wisdom. It's why we have school crossing guards for small children.

In order to test their perceptual ability, children ages 6 to 14 years old tried to cross a video-simulated road with traffic. Each child, in...

Several years ago, a school bus full of elementary students in Massachusetts was evacuated. A potentially deadly item was found on the floor. Was it a gun? A bomb? A blood-contaminated hypodermic needle?

No, it was a peanut.

Over-the-top responses to peanuts aren't uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But, that's simply not true. The molecules in peanuts that are responsible for aroma are not the same as the ones that trigger allergies. Also, an allergic reaction only occurs if...

All you have to do currently to encounter an influx of negativity and persistent “what ifs” or anxiety is turn to social media or any news outlet.  This pervasive, chronic theme—no matter where you fall on the political spectrum—has been ever present the last 18 or so months throughout the campaign season.  

Now that election day has come and gone it appears we keep attaining new thresholds of vitriol.  

Life is replete with ups and downs.  Negative emotions are a part of the deal.  They often make positive experiences more joyful due to the perspective they promote.  Some stress can be a salvation to enable us to flee danger, hence, why we have the innate, instinctual biological response of hormone release during those critical moments or brief periods of time.  

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Kids are my favorite. They are way cooler than adults.  No giant leap there.  As a pediatrician whose coffee has yet to kick in this day before Thanksgiving, I shouldn't be too impressed with my own grasp of the obvious.

They see a world of wonder.  They, especially the littlest ones, view their environment with amazement replete with such an honesty and purity in their perspective.  This natural curiosity should be— in most situations— a nurtured and valued commodity. 

However, like what goes up must come down, this quality can be accompanied by a touch of mischief and consequent hazards.  So, instead of unloading an endless barrage of terrifying doctorate-level home and object child-proofing restrictions, enjoy this practical guide to surviving the holiday season. ...

If the photo attached to this article does not make you smile, then I question whether you have a soul.  The act alone contributes to such known positive health benefits.  So, take a little look inside and find your joy - whether it is with animals or an activity.  Your world and the one around you will be enhanced.

We always hear that pediatric and veterinary medicine are similar, but is this true?  I often thought there were commonalities, but after becoming a pet parent and experiencing the other side I am certain.  Let’s journey through the lessons I have learned.

I always wanted an English Bulldog.  They made me laugh.  I crossed the street and was perpetually diverted whenever I encountered one.  But, the refrain was always ‘you are in medical school you won’t have...

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A few months ago, the Washington Post ran an article titled, "Stop assuming that families with lots of children are religious." The article supported its case with some data from Pew (2014 Religious Landscape Study), which surveyed 35,000...

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnergy drinks can pose a health risk to children and adolescents, due to their high caffeine content. And a recent review from a consumer advocacy group says these drinks should not be sold or marketed at all to children under age 18.

The review, published in Nutrition Reviews, was authored by Jennifer L. Harris, PhD and Christina R. Munsell, MS, RD, both with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The purpose of the review was to summarize the evidence used to support both sides of the debate.

According...

duckyEczema (atopic dermatitis) typically appears on the face and scalp of babies and on the backs of elbows and knees of children. The chronic itchy skin condition usually develops before the age of eighteen months, when a baby s skin is still developing, and lasts sometimes through adolescence or even adulthood, in which case it is often associated with atopy (allergic proclivities). While redness and itching can be reduced by prescription ointments, there is no cure for the condition. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that between 10 and 20 percent of children are affected by eczema.

Some recent research has found...

Advil On My DeskA recent study suggesting that ibuprofen and morphine are equally effective for pain management in children with fractures has been gaining a lot of attention in recent days.

The study, which was published online October 27th in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, included 134 children between the ages of five and seventeen who were admitted to the hospital with uncomplicated extremity fractures that did not require surgery. The children were randomly...

153988137The 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS) provides mainly great news the overwhelming majority of American babies are receiving vaccinations. However, there is room for improvement.

According to the National Immunization Survey (NIS) conducted by the CDC, the majority of children are being vaccinated. NIS has been monitoring the administration of vaccinations of children between the ages of 19-35 months since 1994.

In the recently released 2013 report, more than 90 percent of children are getting vaccines for polio, hepatitis...