- Update on a Recent Lawn Mower Accident Update on a Recent Lawn Mower Accident
Lawn mower accidents aren't rare, especially this time of year. Unfortunately, it is a bit rare that people are actually aware of the dangers that lawn mowers can have for kids. We get reminded of that every few week or so when there is an [...]
- Baby Bath Seats Recalled Baby Bath Seats Recalled
Three different companies and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling baby bath seats because the "the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies." Specifically, this bath seat recall includes:...Read Full Po [...]
- Saturday Safety Roundup Saturday Safety Roundup
In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of: a 15-year-old in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania who died after he unintentionally shot himself in the chest with an air rifle at a friends home. a 4-year-old in Prescott Valley, Arizona who [...]
- Update on Measles in New York City Update on Measles in New York City
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an update on the measles outbreak in New York City. Unlike many other measles outbreaks in the United States, this one comes with new vaccine recommendations:...Read Full [...]
- Hepatitis A Outbreak Hits Five States Hepatitis A Outbreak Hits Five States
A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A has this vaccine-preventable disease in the spotlight this weekend. The CDC reports that at least 30 people have gotten sick in 5 states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California [...]
Doctor David's Blog
- Music Is Medicine Music Is Medicine
No, the title is not a cliche. It's the name of a fabulous organization founded by the daughters of one of my colleagues here at Johns Hopkins. Leora and Ariella are musicians themselves, and they firmly believe that music can t [...]
- The Power of Social Media The Power of Social Media
In the past, I've discussed the financial challenges facing those of us who conduct research on rare diseases and the important role private foundations play in facilitating our work. What I haven't mentioned before is the role social [...]
- Welcome Back! Welcome Back!
It's a warm, sunny day today. Spring is finally here, from the looks of things. That means it's time for a new beginning. On my way home from work last night, I stopped for a drink with an old friend of mine. When I say [...]
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a regular reader of my blog (even if I'm not a regular writer), you are already aware of childhood cancer. But perhaps you didn't know that cancer is the Number 1 disease [...]
- A Challenge for Personalized Medicine A Challenge for Personalized Medicine
Personalized medicine is the new Holy Grail of cancer therapy. The drugs we currently use are stupid. They don't actually target cancer cells, they target rapidly dividing cells. Cancer cells divide rapidly, which is why [...]
Dr. Shu Says
- 5 Ways to Protect Your Child in Flu Season 5 Ways to Protect Your Child in Flu Season
With flu season being more severe and widespread than usual, check out some ways to protect your child in my latest article on CNN.com.
- Is it a cold or is it allergies? Is it a cold or is it allergies?
Does your child have a cold or allergies? Watch my latest interview on CNN to find out!
- Is Your Child a Picky Eater? Is Your Child a Picky Eater?
My latest interview with Beth Galvin on Fox 5 Atlanta.
- Guide to Your Child's Medicines Guide to Your Child's Medicines
- Get Your Child Ready for Summer Camp! Get Your Child Ready for Summer Camp!
Things to do before your child heads to summer camp:My interview with Beth Galvin, Fox 5 Atlanta
- Darbepoietin Alfa vs. Erythropoietin in Treating Anemia in Preterm Infants: Blood Brothers or Estranged Relatives? Darbepoietin Alfa vs. Erythropoietin in Treating Anemia in Preterm Infants: Blood Brothers or Estranged Relatives?
- Parechovirus-Associated Cardiomyopathy Treated with IVIG Parechovirus-Associated Cardiomyopathy Treated with IVIG
- Osteopathic Manipulation for Children: What’s the Evidence of Its Effectiveness? Osteopathic Manipulation for Children: What’s the Evidence of Its Effectiveness?
- Implementation of a Pain and Sedation Protocol Implementation of a Pain and Sedation Protocol
- The Digital Age Is Here – Even in the Underserved Urban Primary Care Medical Home The Digital Age Is Here – Even in the Underserved Urban Primary Care Medical Home
KC Kids Doc
- Coconut Oil as Sunscreen, and Other Vicious Lies Coconut Oil as Sunscreen, and Other Vicious Lies
In the quest to avoid potentially harmful chemicals in commercial sunscreens; bloggers, parents, and marketers have be rekindling the notion of “natural sunscreens.” Coconut oil seems the natural option du jour. “Health” bloggers are touti
- True Story: Living History, Vaccines, and a Plea True Story: Living History, Vaccines, and a Plea
She was old. Like why-did-you-throw-the-blue-diamond-back-into-the-ocean old. I noticed her heading to the front of the room, after I finished delivering a presentation on childhood vaccines. Her hair was fashioned into a perfect silver c [...]
- Do I Need To Buy Organic Food for My Kids? Do I Need To Buy Organic Food for My Kids?
In many of our local supermarkets, there is a section of organic produce in addition to produce that is traditionally farmed. For those of us selecting and preparing food for our families, we often wonder what items, if any, we should purch [...]
- Warts Are Gross. Here’s What To Do. Warts Are Gross. Here’s What To Do.
The common wart is a pesky bump on the surface of the skin. Although typically not harmful, warts can be very bothersome. And most kids and parents agree… Ewwww! Warts are gross. When a child happens to get a common wart, families ha [...]
- Lego Friends or Foe? Lego Friends or Foe?
She spends hours with them. Literally hours. And, apparently she is not alone. Lego Friends have captured the heart of my daughter, as well as thousands of other school-aged girls across the country. In fact, the Lego Friends series has be [...]
- Internet Safety Month Tips Week 3 Internet Safety Month Tips Week 3
Two weeks down, two more weeks to go on this year’s Internet Safety Month. Here’s this week’s tips: Tip 17 Talking to kids about sexting Tip 18: Busting Digital Myths Tip 19 Wordless Wednesday – A sign of our times T [...]
- Dickies Scrub Top Review Dickies Scrub Top Review
As a pediatrician and former pediatric emergency room physician, I get contacted from time to time to review products that are useful to pediatricians, and those working in busy clinics, urgent care centers, and ERs. Not too long ago, I was [...]
- Internet Safety Month Week 2 Tips Internet Safety Month Week 2 Tips
How did your first week of Internet Safety Month go? Finding the tips useful? Last week, I gave you the first 9 tips to get your on your way. This week, I have 7 more to get your through the next week. 10. Controlling our Digital Footprin [...]
- June is Internet Safety Month: Time to reboot our digital settings, safety and sanity June is Internet Safety Month: Time to reboot our digital settings, safety and sanity
June is National Internet Safety Month. With the summer around the corner, this is actually the perfect time to pause and consider how we’re doing with the myriad of safety issues we have to consider in today’s digital world. In [...]
- Mother’s Day Musings Mother’s Day Musings
A mother’s day post from a mom we all wish we knew As an author and a woman, there are just some women authors I wish I had gotten the chance to meet and have a cup of coffee with. You know the type: the ones who make you think: wow… [...]
Seattle Mama Doc
- Brothers And Sisters Who Fight Brothers And Sisters Who Fight
Lots of people ask me how my boys get along. I never know quite how to answer. They are pals most of the time, they play and invent and create games and fun together. But they also fight. I suppose I expect it as a mother but I admit that e [...]
- End Of School End Of School
Last day of school this week. The backpack is nearly as big as his body; that’s no optical illusion and the body-to-backpack proportionality serves up a dutiful reminder for me that my little boy is still small. To me it feels like he [...]
- The 7-Minute Workout The 7-Minute Workout
Exercise got thrown out the window for me in a routine way after my boys were born. It wasn’t a lack of interest, just a lack of organization of our time. Just now, as my boys get older and more independent, I’m integrating regu [...]
- Texting And Other Risky Moves Texting And Other Risky Moves
I’m going to sound very middle-aged in this post. Whenever I talk about texting and driving I tend to show my age. I don’t know how it happened or when it was that I truly became a grown-up, but when it comes to texting and driving I feel n [...]
- Day In, Day Out Day In, Day Out
There happens to be whole, large parts of adult American life that no one talks about in commencement speeches. It’s the season for commencement speeches. A season I love, I keep a post-it note on my own computer from Steve Jobs’ [...]
The Doctors TV: DrSears's posts
- Coping with Tragedy Coping with Tragedy
With the news of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, many parents are wondering how to talk to their children about this horrific tragedy. I am writing this just hours after the tragedy occurred, and [...]
- 2010 Health Challenge 2010 Health Challenge
The Doctors 2010 Health ChallengeLike you saw on our show, my resolution this year is to complete a half-Ironman triathlon! Well … I just had my first official day of training, and boy, do I have my work cut out for me! I’ve go [...]
- Giving is Good Medicine Giving is Good Medicine
We made a special trip to visit some kids that could really use some extra Christmas cheer! I donned the red suit and Travis, Drew and Lisa were my "helpers" as we delivered gifts to the children staying at the Shriners Hospitals for [...]
- Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles Buddy Walk Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles Buddy Walk
This Sunday, I will have the honor of serving as Grand Marshal for the 15th annual DSALA Buddy Walk. This is such a great event that helps raise awareness for Down syndrome and support for those born with it, like my youngest brother, S [...]
- H1N1 Vaccine H1N1 Vaccine
What’s going around? A lot of myths about the H1N1 virus!We’ve all been inundated with a lot of information regarding the H1N1 flu (also referred to as swine flu), and it can be hard to know what to believe. I must admit, even I [...]
Thrive - Children's Hospital Boston
- How Boston Children’s keeps radiation exposure as low as possible How Boston Children’s keeps radiation exposure as low as possible
Computed tomography (CT) scans may place children at an increased risk of cancer, according to two recently released studies published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Despite th [...]
- Meet the face behind Boston Children’s Hand Transplant Program Meet the face behind Boston Children’s Hand Transplant Program
As a child, Amir Taghinia, MD, was fascinated by the mechanics behind how things worked. “I was always taking things apart and trying to fix them,” says Taghinia, surgical director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s new [...]
- Millions of children have mental health disorders while treatment budgets shrink Millions of children have mental health disorders while treatment budgets shrink
When feeling stressed out by the hectic pace of modern life, it’s easy to get wistful for the carefree days of youth—when it seemed the only thing we had to worry about was getting along with the other kids in the neighborhood. But ac [...]
- Drowning Can Happen to Anyone–Including Your Child Drowning Can Happen to Anyone–Including Your Child
When I was a child, something happened to friends of our family that changed how I thought about water safety forever. The mother took her 3-year-old daughter to the beach near their house. She sat on the sand while her daughter played near [...]
- U.S.News & World Report ranks Boston Children’s #1 in seven out of 10 specialities U.S.News & World Report ranks Boston Children’s #1 in seven out of 10 specialities
U.S.News & World Report ranks pediatric hospitals according to 10 individual specialties. This year we are ranked #1 in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital, including Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocri [...]