As a pediatrician and future mother of black children, I am worried. I am worried about my patients who face possible death if they appear threatening to the wrong police officer, like Tamir Rice. I am worried about my patients who might be sleeping peacefully in their families’ home when law enforcement officials burst in with grenades like the ones that killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones. I am worried about my teenage ...

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I’m struck, sometimes, by the vehement tone of some of the antivaccine comments you see out there. People who hate or distrust vaccines proudly proclaim that their Googling and life experiences have taught them that vaccines are bad. They don’t care what the science or the evidence shows. They know what they know. Me? I’m not so much into vehemence and dogmatism. I’ll follow the evidence. Show me solid science that ...

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IMG_0791 Dear Mr. Timberlake, I was not expecting to see you and I together. As a long-time fan, our names sharing space in the celebrity gossip column of In Touch Weekly was truly a surprise. Now, JT. Can I call you, JT? I know that you remember me from a few months back. We shared some time in a darkened auditorium with a few thousand of my friends ...

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The other day, the mother of a nine-week-old baby girl called my office in a panic.  Her daughter was having terrible breathing trouble, with coughing and wheezing.  She asked to been seen that day, and of course I said yes. I asked mom how the baby had been doing overall, and she said that she’d had some noisy breathing as a newborn, but all was well until the past few ...

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Esteemed physician social media leader Bryan Vartabedian argues that all doctors are public physicians. It's really not a choice. So what's the best way to establish that public presence?  Create content online using social media, of course. Two of the best ways is to write articles on blogs and create videos on YouTube.  These pieces of social media will contribute to your digital footprint, and likely will be found if patients Google you.   If the content ...

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Dr. Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics shows you how to calm a crying baby.  This video has garnered millions of views in days.  See why.

As a pediatrician practicing in the Bay Area in the wake of the measles outbreak and the upcoming elimination of personal belief exemptions in California with the passing of SB 277, I have an important message that I want to share with all of my parents who have chosen not to vaccinate, one that I don’t want to get lost in the conversation: I think you are good parents. You look ...

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Last year, there was a rash of ill-researched articles in the press claiming a connection between the HPV vaccine and POTS (postural orthostatic hypotension syndrome) and CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome).  Toronto Star, The Independent, Daily Mail I’m looking at you. These articles read like propaganda for anti-HPV vaccine groups. They all followed such a similar format that I wondered if they had ...

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Every weekday during lunch time, I scurry out of my clinic and head towards the doctor’s lounge because the food is free. (Even though most of the time I am not sure what it is!) But more appealing than the costless lunch are the conversations that I have in that lounge with other physicians from the hospital. Being a pediatrician, I am more inclined to pay closer attention to stories ...

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Tackling: in so many ways, it's what football is all about. Now, of course running, passing and scoring (and strategy) are important parts of football too. But it's tackling that stops the opponent. Without tackling, you can't play football. Or can you? A policy statement just released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that we need to do some thinking about tackling and its impact -- literally -- on ...

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