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Helping Babies Deal with Toxic Stress

Rahil D. Briggs, Psy.D., director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, describes the long-term benefits of investing in children’s behavioral health services from an early age and how this can offset the potential impact and cost of toxic stress.
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Candy Games Linked to Unhealthy Food Choices

Rubina Heptulla, M.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, CHAM and Miriam Pappo, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., director, Clinical Nutrition, discuss a study that showed when children played a video game embedded with ads for candy and other junk foods, they ate more of the candy offered to them than kids who played a game with an embedded toy ad.
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The Lead Paint Blame Game

Reporters explore how New York City families are exposed to lead through deteriorating paint. Morri Markowitz, M.D., director, Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, CHAM, remarks that the problem of lead paint exposure and poisoning has decreased over the years but still sources of exposure remain, particularly in housing. Dr. Markowitz notes that minimizing lead absorption and retention can be achieved through environmental control and a nutritional diet. The Montefiore lead safe house is discussed in the WNYC piece and a family currently staying there shares their story.
Listen to the WNYC Story Health

When Your Child Needs an MRI: Optimizing the Experience

Benjamin Taragin, M.D., division chief of Pediatric Radiology, CHAM, offers suggestions for parents to help prepare their children for an MRI. Dr. Taragin also describes the miniature LEGO simulator that he designed to research if it will help allay children’s anxiety.
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Missed Opportunity for Depression Screening?
Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D., attending physician, CHAM, discusses a study where we found that less than half of pediatricians inquire about maternal mental health despite mothers interacting with these providers frequently.
Watch the MedPage Today Video

Teen mental health risk increases with food insecurity 

Details about a study by Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D., attending physician, CHAM, that examined the association between household food insecurity and adolescent mental health.
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Rockland Teen Shares His Story of Flourishing After Open-Heart Surgery
Daphne T. Hsu, M.D., division chief of Pediatric Cardiology and co-director of the Pediatric Heart Center, CHAM, and Giles Peek, M.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, and co-director of the Pediatric Heart Center, CHAM, discuss patient Johnny Skae, son of Catherine Skae, M.D., vice president, Graduate Medical Education, who underwent surgery to fix a condition he was born with - atrial septal defect.
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Sprinter Brittany Steele’s Heart Can’t Keep Her From Running

Robert H. Pass, M.D., director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and director of Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology, CHAM, discusses Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and how it can be treated.
Listen to the WBUR Segment

Kids Play Doctor With Teddy Bear Hospital
Coverage of the 2015 Teddy Bear Hospital, which is organized by the department on Community and Population Health and the Wakefield Emergency Department.

Chronically ill teens enjoy prom at New York hospital
Meghan D. Kelly, MSEd, CCLS, director, Child Life Program, CHAM, discusses the importance of the annual Prom for teens who spend a lot of time in the hospital. One patient, Essence White, shares her experience and is pictured with “Orange is the New Black” actress Selenis Levya who came to the event this year with her family.

Teens referred to child welfare services have increased risk for suicide, other risky behaviors
Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D., attending physician, CHAM, discusses findings from a study she co-authored which showed that two out of three teens involved with child welfare services due to alleged maltreatment, practice similar health-risk behaviors as the general teen population, with the exception of suicidality.

Tips to protect your baby 's bottom
Sandra Braganza, M.D., M.P.H., program director, Residency Program in Social Pediatrics, CHAM, shares advice on how to treat babies with diaper rash.

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