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Flu shots are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Flu shots save lives by preventing influenza (flu), or reducing complications if children do get sick. 
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Seven ways to help your child embrace the new “normal” for back- to-school

Going back to school this year will look very different. Your child may be feeling a lot of anxiety about all of the changes. But parents can play an important role in helping children adjust to this “new normal.”
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Evaluation and management of tick bites in children

Tick bites in children can be common in the summer and fall months in the greater New York and Connecticut areas. But it’s important for clinicians to remember that fewer than 3 percent of tick bites result in Lyme disease or other infections. 
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What you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease

During the COVID-19 pandemic, your family may be spending even more time outdoors than usual this summer. Routine tick checks should become a regular part of your daily routine to protect your child against Lyme disease.
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Should camp be in your family’s summer plan?

If you’re worried about sending your child to camp during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to understand the risks and benefits involved so you can decide what’s best for your family. 
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Helping Children with Special Needs Survive Physical Distancing

Dr. Michele Ledesma provides some simple steps that you can take to help your child, and your family, navigate the current realities.
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Introducing Telehealth

In the throes of coronavirus, Westchester-based, Boston Children’s Health Physicians (BCHP) Is now providing families with “state of the art telemedicine” 
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Understanding the Differences Between Allergies and Coronavirus

Dr. Subhadra Siegel explains some important differences between seasonal allergy symptoms and those caused by coronavirus. 
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Five Things You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Find out the latest about what to expect with COVID-19 and learn how to protect yourself and your children.
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How Dads Can Support Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has many important benefits for moms and for babies. But did you know that new dads also have a lot to gain from being involved in the equation?
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Celebrating Heartwarming Advances in Pediatric Cardiology

National Heart Month is a great time to celebrate recent advances made in pediatric cardiology, including new methods in PDA closures and improvements in the placement of pulmonary valves in older children and adults. 
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Dr. Ronald Jacobson Speaks About the Halted Production of Certain Excedrin Products

A nationwide shortage of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine has those who suffer from headaches concerned that other over-the-counter pain relief won’t cut it. 
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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Do the winter months make your child feel sad? If so, and if the sadness is deep and persists for the entire season, it could be caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 
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Five Tips for a Healthy New Year

January is the perfect time encourage your family to make simple lifestyle choices that will carry them through 2020 and beyond— from getting enough sleep and eating right to getting plenty of exercise. 
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Assessing Children's Holiday Anxiety Can Help Them Stay Jolly

For many children, the holiday season is filled with joy and excitement. Regardless of the traditions and beliefs your patients’ families celebrate, the month of December is often so jam-packed with activities and events that some children find it overwhelming.

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A Dietitian's Guide to a Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time to celebrate. But if your celebrations are filled with lots of late nights and too many high-calorie foods and drinks, your health could be at risk. Try these simple tips to help you make smart choices so you can have fun and feel great.

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Dr. Allen Dozor Speaks About This Year's Flu Season

Flu season is off to an early start this year, with several states already reporting widespread flu activity. BCHP Pediatric Pulmonologist, Dr. Allen Dozor, only expects the number of influenza cases to rise.

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Tips for Navigating Food Allergies During Thanksgiving

If you are spending Thanksgiving at a friend’s or family’s home, follow these tips to ensure a safe Thanksgiving for you and your family.

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6 Facts About E-Cigarettes

A growing number of children and teens are using electronic cigarettes. But health officials warn that this habit comes with many serious—and even life-threatening—risks. 

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The Growing Vaping Epidemic Amongst Teens

Dr. Amy Brown speaks about the dangers of vaping and how parents should take a proactive approach against the epidemic. 

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Mass Shootings

Dr. Arlene Adler offers tips to help parents navigate this challenging subject with their children.

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New Food Safety Program Turns Students into Well-Informed Consumers

It’s never too soon to start encouraging your young patients to adopt healthy habits—especially when it comes to their food and beverage choices.

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The Growing Trend of School Refusal

School refusal affects kids of all ages but can be particularly common in younger children ages 5 or 6. While school refusal can present like the deliberate act of truancy, school refusal isn’t a defiant act, but rather stems from a psychological cause.

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3 Strategies to Help You Address Vaccination Hesitancy in Your Practice

In the ongoing debate over vaccine safety, some parents forget that the real danger for their unvaccinated child is the lack of protection against serious communicable diseases.

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Congratulations Dr. Cairo

Boston Children’s Health Physicians is proud to recognize Mitchell Cairo, MD as a finalist in the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards.

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Air Quality and Asthma

Poor air quality can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger attacks, with over 20,000 children in Westchester, New York suffering from asthma.

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Dr. Alanna Levine Answers Common Questions from Parents

“Do not hesitate to call when you have a question. What can be answered with a brief conversation can save you hours of needless worry.” -Dr. Alanna Levine

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Physician Spotlight: Vanessa Sukra, MD, FAAP

Vanessa Sukra, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Greenburgh, NY., having been affiliated with Boston Children’s Health Physicians (BCHP) since December 2015.

 
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BCHP 2018 "Top Doctors"

Castle Connolly’s "Top Doctors" awards were established to help guide consumers to America’s best doctors and hospitals based on nomination survey involves hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals across the nation.

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Julianna Is Back in Action After Treatment for Blood Cancer

“Julianna was one of the first patients on this kind of trial,” Hochberg says. The protocol proved extremely successful, she notes. “We’ll be finishing up the trial very soon, and we’ve seen tremendous results.”

 
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Pediatric Cardiology Team Welcomes Khanh Nguyen, MD

Khanh Nguyen MD has become the new Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

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Children Can Benefit from Pituitary Volume Increase

The growth hormone stimulation test, which gauges pituitary volume in patients with isolated growth hormone deficiency, gives doctors an indication of whether a child is at risk for shorter-than-normal stature and should be treated hormonally.

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BCHP Pediatricians Are Making Strides in Preventing Cancer

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that infects both males and females and causes serious diseases. HPV is very common; nearly one in four Americans is currently infected and most people will be exposed to HPV at some time in their life. 

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Water and Sun Summer Safety Tips for Children and Parents

BCHP Pediatrician Dr. Rebekka Levis was interviewed on the subject of Water and Sun Safety Tips for the Memorial Day Weekend.

 
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BCH and BCHP Hosts Pediatric Advances for the Primary Care Clinician: Cutting Edge Expertise

“We are very pleased to have experts in their field of pediatrics provide updates in clinical advances specifically relevant for Primary Care providers,” emphasized Karen Gruskin, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Looking Back on the 2018 Flu Epidemic

According to the CDC, 2018's flu season was more damaging and dangerous than any other since the "swine flu" epidemic of 2009. Dr. Sheila Nolas talks with Fox 5 News about the guessing game that's involved with creating a flu vaccine each year.

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The Medical Benefits of Raising the Legal Smoking Age

Nearly all cigarette smokers start as kids or young adults, and these age groups are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will help to prevent young people from ever starting to smoke, among other medical benefits.

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Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester renamed Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester became a member of Boston Children’s northeast pediatric network, an integrated network of care locations and partnerships, in July 2015.

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