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Pulse Oximetry Screens for Heart Defects in Newborns
Critical congenital heart disease, a heart disease that poses risk of death or disability, can be detected through the newborn screening pulse oximetry. We describe pulse oximetry, why it should be done on your infant, and the warning signs of CCHD. (read the story...)

Doctors Honor P.S. 244Q in Queens with National Golden Carrot Award
The Active Learning Elementary School P.S. 244Q in Queens was named the national grand prize winner in this year's 2013 Golden Carrot Awards for its creative approach to providing healthful vegetarian lunch options to its students. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: When Isn't Anesthesia Needed During Pediatric Medical Procedures?
Kelly Wagner, child life specialist at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, shares when anesthesia isn't necessary and how to prepare children for and keep them calm during medical procedures. (read the story...)

This October, Think Pink: Warning Signs of Breast Cancer
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Healthyroads of American Specialty Health shares some of the warning signs of breast cancer and ways to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. (read the story...)

Signs Your Child Needs a Comprehensive Eye Exam
With the use of more screens in everyday activities and school work, your child's eyes may be suffering. The American Optometric Association shares the signs of vision problems in children, how to limit the possibility of vision problems, and when your child should have comprehensive eye exams. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: When Should I Get the TDAP Vaccine?
Pertussis, or whooping cough, can be serious, even fatal, for infants. The best way to protect your newborn from whooping cough is to make sure your friends and family get the TDAP vaccine. We spoke to Margaret Stillman, M.D., about the TDAP, when you should get it, and how long pertussis is contagious. (read the story...)

3 Ways Hypothyroidism Misdiagnosis Can Affect You
Patients who have undiagnosed or misdiagnosed hypothyroidism live with unrelieved symptoms, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and live with uncomfortable or unhealthy physical changes. Steven Hotze, M.D., says bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment. (read the story...)

Important Information You Should Know About the 2013-2014 Flu Vaccine
To prepare for flu season, it is recommended that everyone get the flu vaccine. Montefiore Medical Center shares some important information you should know about this year's vaccine, including the two different vaccination shots. (read the story...)

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?
Experts from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies explain what cognitive behavioral therapies are, common CBT treatment strategies, and what you can expect during and after CBT treatment sessions for anxiety or a related disorder. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her First Period
How to help your girl, whose special needs make the first menstruation experience more challenging, cope with getting her period for the first time and develop healthy habits from the beginning. (read the story...)

Birth Control and the HPV Vaccine for Girls with Special Needs
When a young girl with disabilities gets her period for the first time, and questions arise about birth control, the HPV vaccine, and other precautions, there's more to consider than whether she plans to be sexually active. (read the story...)

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period
Is your daughter with special needs about to get her period for the first time? Here is a 10-point checklist to help you prepare her for her first menstruation, including how to help her understand and accept the experience and self-care it requires. (read the story...)

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment Marketplaces
Obamacare's open enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces begins on Oct. 1. This key feature of the Affordable Care Act means guaranteed coverage for more families with members with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions, but it will take some time to see how employers and individuals adapt to the changes. (read the story...)

Break Out of a Breakfast Rut
A registered dietician spotlights the most important meal of the day and offers tips (and recipes!) for overcoming the top three reasons kids give to skip breakfast. Time to start thinking outside the cereal box! (read the story...)

Which Plastics Contain BPA?
Using plastics made with a chemical known as BPA (Bisphenol A) may be harmful to your health and your children's development. Learn how to read the labels on plastic containers to determine whether they contain BPA. (read the story...)

Beware BPA: The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Everyday Products
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a harmful chemical lurking in many products we use everyday, including plastics, canned food, and even cash register receipts. Learn what it is, how it can harm your health, and how to lower your family's exposure to BPA. (read the story...)

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Add some dried cranberries, and you have the perfect dessert for fall. It's also an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken
This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken. (read the story...)

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills
Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their social skills. (read the story...)

Keeping Kids Active Can Help Boost Brain Function
With school in session, kids are apt to spend more time indoors studying and doing homework, but being physically active is an important part of overall wellness. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals share five tips to keep kids physically active, reduce TV and computer time, and fun activities to keep the whole family active. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm My Child Who is Afraid of the Doctor?
Board-certified behavior analyst Jennifer Kourassanis-Velasquez shares expert tips to calm a child who is afraid of the doctor and prepare a scared child for a doctor's appointment. (read the story...)

Flu Findings: Survey Reveals Getting Flu Shot is 'Social Responsibility'
A new survey from CVS/pharmacy details findings about flu vaccinations. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Backpack for My Child?
Dr. Michael Cocilovo of New City Chiropractic Center offers 7 guidelines for choosing a good backpack or book bag for your child, to avoid back pain or back problems like scoliosis. Read his tips before you start your back-to-school shopping this year. (read the story...)

The Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter Cookie Recipe
The Sneaky Chef Creamy No-Nut Butter is blends naturally sweet and "nutty" tasting golden peas instead of peanuts, serving as a perfect peanut butter substitute for individuals with peanut allergies. Here, a healthy cookie recipe using the Sneaky Chef's no-nut butter. (read the story...)

3 Weeknight Dinner Recipes from Kelsey Nixon
Kelsey Nixon, Brooklyn mom and Emmy-nominated host of "Kelsey's Essentials" on the Cooking Channel, offers three easy recipes for weeknight family dinners, including Crispy Chicken Thighs, Skirt Steak Fajitas, and Turkey Roast Dip Sandwiches. (read the story...)


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