Simplifying Science

New Study Burns Tanning Salons, Again

But now movement towards a solution: setting age limits for tanning salon customers.

At long last!

Keeping Minors From Tanning Beds Would Save Thousands of Lives, Study Says

Restricting people younger than 18 from indoor tanning could prevent thousands of skin cancers and deaths in the United States, according to a new study. Read More

Vaccines 101, Redux

I recently discovered this blog post... while the information offered about vaccines isn't revolutionary or new to me, it is one of the most well-written pieces I have found on the subject. 

Vaccines 101: Too Much Too Soon?

There is so much out there about vaccines coming at parents from all sides; new parents are bombarded with an endless supply of opinions, ideas and recommendations...Read More

Milk vs. Milk

Nutrition is confusing. Take milk: it turns out, the nutritional value of different kinds of milks varies widely. Cow, soy, almond, coconut, you name it... their only common denominator may just be the title "milk."

Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?

Vegans and others may prefer to drink plant-based milks over milk that comes from animals for a variety of reasons. Read More

The Name Game

The crazy mashup of the 2016 election and body parts... the ultimate example of name calling. Thank you, Perri Klass, for the teachable moment. 

Teaching Children the Real Names for Body Parts

A presidential election offers many “teachable moments”: a chance to explain democracy, the electoral process and even a certain amount of negative advertising and name-calling. But this may be the first time that a presidential election has called upon parents to discuss slang terms for genitals. Read More

Move Over Oil, There's a New Zit King in Town

For ages, people have blamed zits on the greasy fast foods. It turns out that oil is not to blame - sugar is the real culprit. Your skin will look even more fab if you consume less of the refined sweet stuff plus more fruits, veggies, and other whole foods.

Yes! Foods may fight acne

Acne can be an embarrassing problem that seemingly no amount of expensive creams and ointments can resolve. But research suggests that in some cases, what you put in your mouth may be as important as what you put on your skin. I’ve had a lot of patients who get their...Read More

The Positive Effect of Negativity

Fascinating! Or, if I am talking to a teenager, not at all fascinating...

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good?

Since there have been teenagers, there have been adults trying to control them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the Stubborn Child Law in 1646, allowing parents to have their defiant teenage sons put to death. The Bible suggests stoning them to death. But what if adolescent defiance is not a demon to be exorcised, but a power to be harnessed? Read More

Grassroots Parenting

As a pediatrician, I have mixed feelings about the verbification of the word "parent." So often, parenting has a negative connotation (helicopter parenting, over-parenting, you get the gist...). We get too involved, we have too much to say, and, though we mean well, we often stand in the way of life's important lessons. But in the case of the spotlight on inflated EpiPen pricing, you go parents. Make some noise! Perhaps we should shift some more of our energy to similar grassroots parenting movements.

How Parents Harnessed the Power of Social Media to Challenge EpiPen Prices

After Mellini Kantayya, an actress who lives in Brooklyn, chatted with her Facebook friends in July about the high cost of EpiPens, she knew she had to do something.  Read More