Why is television so appealing to toddlers? Whether it’s the bright lights or the colorful shapes, it’s almost like my 14-month-old son is transfixed with the tube the minute I turn it on. Though it’s tempting to spend a few... more
If you’ve ever had a flu shot, you’ve almost certainly been asked, “Are you allergic to eggs?” I’ve always wondered what the options are for those who answer, “Yes.” Are they denied the vaccine? Are they left unprotected from the... more
Calcium and vitamin D are essential nutrients for every adult and child, but getting the right amounts can be difficult. Vitamin D for example is produced in the skin upon exposure to sunlight. Sounds simple, until you consider how much... more
The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation will provide $500 million over the next five years to fight childhood obesity. This action comes in response to a growing body of evidence showing that overweight and obesity in children and adults have reached... more
Sometimes a research study comes along whose findings only confirm what intuition and common sense tell us. A recent Dutch study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on newborn hearing screening versus screening at 9 months... more
Is it true that a bottle of formula before bedtime will help my baby sleep through the night? more
Medicine is dynamic; scientific understanding of vaccine mechanisms, transmission patterns, and vaccine formulations change often. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an expert advisory panel that reports directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... more
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