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Speaking to my son about the Penn State scandal

Betsy MacKay is the vice president of public affairs at Children’s. During her more than 13 years here, she has also raised her son, Wills, who is now 12. I usually have a hard time getting Wills to talk very much at breakfast. He wants to eat, watch SportsCenter and head to school. Sound familiar? […]

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Marathons May Be for Kids, Too

It sounds crazy, but children may be able to run marathons as early on as first or second grade. Several weeks ago, The New York Times ran “Phys Ed: Should Children Run Marathons?” on their website. The author, Gretchen Reynolds, reported on two different studies: one about running injuries in children and the other about […]

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CT scans and children: tips for parents

You may have seen coverage recently on CNN Health about the increased number of CT, or computed tomography, scans being ordered by doctors for children. The number of these scans has risen five-fold over a 14-year period, according to the research. Radiation levels accumulate over time, so it’s important for parents to think about the […]

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Our experience with bulimia

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series offering an inside look into bulimia. This part was written by the father and stepmother of the author of “A thirty-something’s battle with bulimia.” The family’s names have been changed. The thing I remember most about that time was Jessica’s anger. Long before I realized […]

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A Real-life Ralphie

If you have ever seen “A Christmas Story,” you know the line “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Nearly every authority figure in the movie says it over and over again to the main character, a fourth-grade boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas. Ralphie ends up getting his wish and actually does […]

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Caffeine for kids: safe but not recommended

A study published yesterday in the Journal of Pediatrics said that as many as 75 percent of children are consuming caffeine daily. More specifically, it revealed that children between ages eight and 12 consume an average of 109 milligrams of caffeine a day – which is about the same as drinking three 12 ounce cans […]

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