Vaccines have been a hot topic among parents, pediatrician and in the media for many years.  Recently, there have been many news stories about pediatricians who will not care for families who either choose not to vaccinate their children or who do not follow the recommended schedule.   These policies are based on knowledge about the safety of vaccines, the effectiveness of the recommended schedule and concern about the spread of ...

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Adolescence is filled with challenges - at school, at home, with friends, on stage and in sports.  Even their own body betrays them from time to time.  Acne, hair, changing bodies and voices, parents, siblings and friends are all possible sources of gut-wrenching shame for a normal teen.  Parents of teens have challenges too - and high on the list is the challenge of talking about important topics like sex, ...

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No pediatrician can answer the question: "What’s the most important thing I can do to keep my child healthy?" without listing three of four things.  I’m no different, but right now family dinners are at the top of my list.  You could argue that immunizations, car seats, bike helmets, 9-1-1, sleep, or good hand washing are just as important, and I won’t disagree.  But it’s hard to overlook the overwhelming ...

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