2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, known more infamously as the “Spanish flu.” That pandemic killed 675,000 Americans and more than 50 million people globally. Since then, efforts to improve flu preparedness have changed significantly. Yet, flu still affects more than 3 million people in the US every year and it […]

Parents compliment me on my guidance about whether complementary medicine is appropriate for use in children. Let me prescribe some information based on a recent clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ten percent of children receive complementary therapies. Some people call these “non-conventional therapies.” Complementary therapies do not replace conventional medical treatments. They […]

Bullying. For a long time it was seen as part of growing up, something unpleasant, but ultimately an experience children recover from. Now, new research shows that bullying can actually have long-lasting effects similar to emotional, verbal and physical abuse. This is a big shift in our thinking on bullying. Here are three new ways […]

Parents have come to me quite sad with questions about whether or not their child or teenager is possibly depressed. First, it’s important to know that a sad child does not necessarily mean a depressed child. Depression is a biologically based illness that can run in families. Significant life events can trigger depression, including problems […]