Denise Mann

Ear Piercing Too Early Can Be Risky

(Apr. 21, 2005) - It may be tempting to pierce your little girl’s ears in her first few weeks of life. This way, she won’t remember the pain. And just think how cute and pretty your little angel will look in a pair of gold studs. Think again, warns Kenneth Gottesman, M.D., an attending pediatrician at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

With Autism on the Rise,New York Becomes Hub for New Research

(Dec. 21, 2003) - Newly funded research that will occur right here in New York City hopes to shed light on and unravel the genetic and environmental causes of autism.

Childhood Ear Infections on the RiseHigh antibiotic resistance rates keep researchers looking for better regimens

(Nov. 21, 2003) - From pulling or scratching at the ears, to crying, fever and hearing problems, most — if not all — parents have lost at least a night’s sleep when their child has a middle ear infection. One of the most common infections in children ages 3 months to 3 years old, acute otitis media (an infection or inflammation of the middle ear) is now the number one cause for doctor visits, accounting for about 30 million trips to the pediatrician each year.

New Guidelines to Come for Poison IngestionCharcoal replaces Ipecac syrup as most effective home remedy

(Oct. 21, 2003) - A bottle of Ipecac syrup is about as common in homes with children as rubbing alcohol, a thermometer or a box of bandages. For decades, parents have been encouraged to keep a bottle on hand to induce vomiting if their child swallows poison. But now new research suggests this may do more harm than good, and the research is so convincing that the syrup may soon no longer be available over the counter.

Record sales expected for new Harry Potter bookWhy We’re So Wild About Harry

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Children and adults across the country are desperate for their next fix. But don’t worry, this craving isn’t for anything illicit. It’s for Harry Potter. And the good news is, the wait is finally over.

NYC Asthma Study Uses Latest in TelehealthcareHealth Buddy Device Could Help Decrease Many School Absences

(Jun. 21, 2003) - A new interactive device — one that’s about the size of an answering machine or a clock radio — is helping New York City kids get a better handle on their asthma.

Outdoor Play: Kids Do It Much Less Often

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Playing — especially the outdoor type where kids run around playing tag, chase, street and ball games — is good for children and should be encouraged, child health experts say. But a national survey recently revealed a radical lifestyle difference and decline between children’s play today and that of their parents a generation ago.

New Center For Childhood Epilepsy, MontefioreSleep Center is one of only a few in the country for children

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Mother-of-three Karen Maulen, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., is grateful for many gifts in her life, including her two-week stay at the new children’s epilepsy management center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in the Bronx. Those two weeks in February, she says, helped turn her daughter’s life around, and onto the road to a more productive life.

Antidepressants Safe for Mother and Child, Study ShowsBut doctors urge caution

(May. 21, 2003) - Conventional advice used to steer pregnant women away from antidepressant drugs, but new research suggests there may be more risk to the child if the mother's depression isn't treated during pregnancy.

No More Periods!Menstruation Cessation a Real Possibility

(May. 21, 2003) - Menstrual periods may soon be passé, according to several leading women’s health experts. Sound too good to be true?

Pollution May Put NYC Newborns at Risk of ComplicationsStudy Cites Low Birth Weight, Smaller Heads, and Lower I.Q.

(May. 21, 2003) - Environmental pollutants in New York City — including combustion by-products and a commonly used pesticide — may increase the risk of low birth weight babies and babies with smaller heads, both which may be linked to lower I.Q. and poorer school performance, new research suggests.

NYC Pediatricians Report Shortage of Meningitis Vaccine

(Apr. 21, 2003) - New research that shines light on an ongoing national shortage of the vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in children has left some local doctors scrambling to provide even a minimum number of shots to those at risk.

When Shyness Becomes a VeilAs Many As 5 Percent of Kids Suffer from Social Phobias

(Mar. 21, 2003) - The teacher calls to say your son seems withdrawn and never raises his hand. Your daughter gets a stomach ache when you suggest she go play with the neighborhood children. Your son feels short of breath and jittery as you drop him off at an after-school playgroup. Sound familiar? These may be red flags that your child is more than just shy, says Sebastian Zimmerman, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The Power of Language — in the First Three YearsAAP supports new early language program

(Feb. 21, 2003) - Responding to alarming new research that shows more than one-third of children are developmentally unprepared to enter kindergarten because of limited exposure to language in the home, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently endorsed a new language development program called Bright Beginnings, for children under 3 years old.

When a Mammogram is Inconclusive:New Miraluma Test offers a closer look

(Jan. 21, 2003) - When it comes to her health and well-being, Alsuna Roland, a 49-year-old Staten Island-based nutritionist, doesn’t like to take chances. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she gladly sings the praises of a new, non-painful and highly accurate breast imaging technique called Miraluma.

Update: 9/11 Pregnancy Study On Track

(Nov. 21, 2002) - Using Ground Zero and its surrounding areas as their Petrie dish, a team of Columbia University researchers have been working around the clock to determine precisely how the attack on the World Trade Center affected pregnant moms and their newborns. And so far, so good, researchers report of their progress.

Smallpox shots for kids? Not yet, experts advise

(Nov. 21, 2002) - In today’s world, parents are faced with protecting their children from growing threats which include biological and nuclear warfare.

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life...

(Oct. 21, 2002) - New studies suggest that pet ownership may actually protect against allergies

It Can Still Be A Dog’s Life …

(Oct. 21, 2002) - New studies suggest that pet ownership may actually protect against allergies and asthma

Ritalin. Zoloft. Prozac:

(Sep. 21, 2002) - Local battle highlights skyrocketing rates of ADD/ADHD and depression drug use in children.

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