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Every generation strives to make the lives of our children happier, healthier and more productive. From cases of otitis media and current lipid management strategies, to the latest treatment options for traumatic brain injury, and the manifestation of rare chromosomal abnormalities, ReachMD explores the realm of children's health with a balanced lineup of leading medical experts in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Join us to learn more!

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Every generation strives to make the lives of our children happier, healthier and more productive. From cases of otitis media and current lipid management strategies, to the latest treatment options for traumatic brain injury, and the manifestation of rare chromosomal abnormalities, ReachMD explores the realm of children's health with a balanced lineup of leading medical experts in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Join us to learn more!

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Focus on Children's Health

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Every generation strives to make the lives of our children happier, healthier and more productive. From cases of otitis media and current lipid management strategies, to the latest treatment options for traumatic brain injury, and the manifestation of rare chromosomal abnormalities, ReachMD explores the realm of children's health with a balanced lineup of leading medical experts in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Join us to learn more!

Rank #1: The Role of Primary Care in Eliminating TB

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Guest: Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH Primary care physicians play a critical role in eliminating TB, which is why they need to know who they should screen for TB and how. Join Dr. Scott Lindquist, state epidemiologist for communicable diseases and Deputy Health Officer for Washington State, as he explains the importance of risk-based TB screening and the testing methods that are appropriate for these patients.

Dec 16 2018
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Rank #2: Heart of the Matter: Emerging Treatment Options for Congenital Heart Disease

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Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: Thomas Doyle, MD About 40,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease each year, making it one of the most common birth defects and causes of infant death in the US. CHD is usually present at birth but shows very few outward signs and, in most cases has no known cause or origin. New and evolving surgical techniques, along with the dawn of pediatric heart transplant, are transforming the field of pediatric cardiology and offer new options for CHD patients. Host Dr. John Russell talks with Dr. Thomas Doyle about how continued research, improved surgical treatments and, emerging technology have altered the course of treatment for CHD, resulting in approximately 69% of children with CHD now living to age 18. Dr. Thomas Doyle is the Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Doyle was a 2016 Project Heart CHD research grant recipient.

Feb 09 2018
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Rank #3: Impacts of Prolonged Screen Time on Children's Health

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Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Sarah E. Domoff, PhD To address the growing issue of prolonged screen time and media use among children, Dr. Jennifer Caudle speaks with Dr. Sarah Domoff, Director of the Family Health Lab at Central Michigan University, about the tools available to help physicians identify and curb screen addiction.

Jun 07 2018
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Rank #4: Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition

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Host: Maurice Pickard, MD Guest: Elijah Nealy, PhD These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life, and kids are coming out as trans at younger and younger ages. But what resources are available to parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who need to support these children? Host Dr. Maurice Pickard chats with Elijah C. Nealy, therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center. Mr. Nealy is the author of Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition, which provides insights about the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition and the best practices to support trans kids.

May 15 2017
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Rank #5: Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk Factors: Environmental and Genetic Components

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Host: Paul Rokuskie Scientists have been doing research into many areas of autism spectrum disorder in the hopes of explaining the doubling of its prevalence rate over the past decade. Both environmental risk factors and genetic components are areas of intense scrutiny for researchers seeking to understand the root causes of autism. Host Paul Rokuskie talks with Craig Newschaffer, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, about the risk factors for autism spectrum disorder that scientists are working to better define.

Nov 17 2017
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Rank #6: Autism: The Critical Importance of Early, Individualized Diagnosis

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Host: Paul Rokuskie As diagnostic information becomes more readily available, the importance of early diagnosis cannot be underestimated when it comes to helping those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Join Paul Rokuskie and his guest Dr. Stuart Shapira, Associate Director for Science at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, as they discuss the diagnosis criteria for ASD.

Jun 27 2018
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Rank #7: Is the Rise of Allergies Due to Missing Gut Microbiomes?

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Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Tanya Altmann, MD To investigate the concerning rise in both asthma and allergies in children, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician and Editor in Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics parenting books, to discuss why a missing component of the gut microbiome may be the potential cause and how nutrition and probiotics play a vital role in a child's growth and development.

May 24 2018
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Rank #8: FDA-Approved Gene Therapy Reverses Blindness in Children & Adults

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Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Jean Bennett, MD, PhD Guest: Albert Maguire, MD Power couple Drs. Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire discuss how their new therapy for the RPE65 gene, which causes retinal blindness, was recently approved by the FDA to become the first gene therapy treatment for a genetic disease in the United States and the first worldwide treatment for inherited blindness. Not only do they delve into the mechanics of the corrected gene injection, but they also explain what this milestone means for patient eligibility and how their marriage has played a role in the success of their research partnership. Dr. Jean Bennett is the F.M. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Albert Maguire is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Attending Physician in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Apr 23 2018
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Rank #9: Why Has the Prevalence Rate of Autism Tripled in Recent Years?

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Host: Paul Rokuskie Did you know that in just 10 years, the national prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has nearly tripled, going from 1 in 166 to 1 in 59? Or that 2 percent of the US population under the age of 18 now carries a diagnosis of ASD? Join Paul Rokuskie as he speaks with Dr. Stuart Shapira, Associate Director for Science at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, about these and other findings from the 2018 study regarding prevalence rates for ASD.

Jul 02 2018
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Rank #10: What is the Economic Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Host: Paul Rokuskie Guest: David S. Mandell, ScD As prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) increase, so do economic costs. On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an ASD were 4 to 6 times greater than those without an ASD. Join Paul Rokuskie and his guest Dr. David Mandell, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as they dive into the economic impact of ASD.

Jul 02 2018
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Rank #11: The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's Camp Oasis: A Clinician's Perspective

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Host: Philip Stein, MD Guest: Neilanjan Nandi, MD, FACP Guest: Susan Peck, MSN, CRNP From the ReachMD studios in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, host Dr. Philip Stein talks with Dr. Neilanjan Nandi and nurse practitioner Susan Peck about their respective experiences with The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's Camp Oasis. This camp gives children with IBD the opportunity to meet other kids with the same chronic illness, teaching them how to cope with their disease, manage their own medical needs, try new sports and activities, build confidence and independence, and most importantly, spend quality time just being a kid.

Apr 12 2018
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Rank #12: Head's Up! Why Wearing Bike Helmets Can't Be Overlooked

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Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Howard Spiva Wearing a helmet is an overlooked but critical safety precaution, particularly among children. Attorney Howard Spiva knows the lifelong struggle of individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries, having devoting much of his career to providing helmet safety education for children. Joined by host Brian McDonough, Mr. Spiva discusses important details about helmet safety, the current status of helmet laws, and continuing efforts to reduce traumatic brain injuries nationwide.

May 29 2017
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Rank #13: Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Children's Developing Immune System

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Host: John J. Russell, MD Do pets help prevent allergies? Does the 5-second rule actually exist? And is dirt really good for a child’s immune system? Host Dr. John Russell talks with Jack Gilbert, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and Director of the Microbiome Institute. Dr. Gilbert is author of the book Dirt is Good, answering questions about the potential benefits of exposure to germs and bacteria. He and Dr. Russell sift through common misconceptions about microbiomes to better understand their actual risks and benefits for the body's immune system, explaining its role in disease and health.

Oct 27 2017
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Rank #14: CAR-T Cell Therapy: A Breakthrough Treatment for Fighting Cancer

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Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Robert Vonderheide, MD For years, the foundations of cancer treatment, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy were utilized with the objective of weakening cancer. But over the past several years, immunotherapy – therapies that enlist and strengthen the power of a patient’s immune system to attack tumors - has emerged as a new tool for fighting cancer. In August 2017, one such treatment approach, called Chimeric Antigen Receptor or CAR T-cell Therapy, received FDA approval for the treatment of children and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Additionally, research is continuing to look at CAR-T therapy’s effectiveness for treating solid tumors as well. Host Dr. Shira Johnson sits down with Dr. Robert Vonderheide, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John H. Glick, MD, Abramson Cancer Center Director’s Professor, to talk about the potential of CAR-T therapy alongside other emerging immunotherapies in fighting cancer.

Oct 23 2017
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Rank #15: Environmental Risk Factors Affecting Autism Spectrum Disorder Rates

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Host: Paul Rokuskie Over the past two decades, the world has seen a dramatic rise of individuals being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. For decades scientists and medical professionals have been researching various aspects of this disease to uncover genetic and environmental factors explaining this rapid increase in prevalence; however, discovering definitive clues to causality has proven elusive. Host Paul Rokuskie talks with Dr. Craig Newschaffer, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute about the latest research findings into environmental factors affecting autism risk.

Oct 08 2017
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Rank #16: Anti-TNFα Treatment After Surgical Resection for Crohn's Disease Is Effective Despite Previous Pharmacodynamic Failure

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Anti-TNFα Treatment After Surgical Resection for Crohn's Disease Is Effective Despite Previous Pharmacodynamic Failure Assa A1, Bronsky J, Kolho KL, Zarubova K, de Meij T, Ledder O, Sladek M, van Biervliet S, Strisciuglio C, Shamir R. BACKGROUND: The outcome of patients with Crohn's disease who failed anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNFα) therapy despite adequate serum drug levels (pharmacodynamic failure) is unclear. We aimed to assess such pediatric patients who underwent intestinal resection and were re-treated with the same anti-TNFα agent postoperatively. METHODS: Pediatric patients with Crohn's disease who underwent intestinal resection and were treated with anti-TNFα agents postoperatively were assessed retrospectively. Patients were stratified to those with preoperative anti-TNFα pharmacodynamic failure and those with no preoperative anti-TNFα treatment. RESULTS: A total of 53 children were included, 18 with pharmacodynamic failure and 35 controls. Median age at intestinal resection was 14.8 years with 23 (43%) girls. The median time from intestinal resection to anti-TNFα initiation was 8 months (interquartile range 4-14 months). At the time of postoperative anti-TNFα initiation, there were no differences in clinical, laboratory, and anthropometric measures between groups. Similar proportions of patients from both groups were in clinical remission on anti-TNFα treatment after 12 months and at the ...

Jul 28 2017
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Rank #17: Radiation Nation: The Effects of Cell Phones on Children's Brains

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Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Could constant cell phone use be damaging children's brains? Host Dr. Brian McDonough chats with Daniel Debaun, author of Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology," about how electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation produced by modern technology such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, Wi-Fi, and smart meters may be emerging as a health threat with many unknown consequences.

Jul 17 2017
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Rank #18: Growing Up With IBD: When to Transition to an Adult GI Specialist

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Host: Adam Ehrlich, MD, MPH Guest: Philip Stein, MD The majority of adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) will transition from a pediatric to an adult specialist. This process can be daunting, especially if patients are not ready to take control of their health care. However, with the right communication and preparation, the transition can be smooth for the patient, parent, and physician. Host Dr. Adam Ehrlich joins Dr. Philip Stein, a pediatric gastroenterologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, to discuss how physicians can best prepare patients to transition and overcome potential difficulties.

Jul 07 2017
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Rank #19: 'Cutting the Cord' on Outdated L&D Practices: The Benefits of Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting

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Host: Prathima Setty, MD A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a significant boost in neurodevelopment several years later, research suggests. Dr. Prathima Setty is joined by Dr. Kecia Gaither, a perinatal consultant at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, MO as they talk about how delaying cutting the umbilical cord can be beneficial.

Feb 27 2017
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Rank #20: Optimizing Growth in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Guest: KT Park, MD Recorded on location at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation's Annual Meeting in Orlando, host Dr. Sophie Balzora, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Reach-IBD member and faculty advisor of the Greater New York Chapter Fellows' Education Committee, discusses general strategies for clinicians and families to optimize growth in pediatric IBD with Dr. K.T. Park, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Stanford University School of Medicine & Co-Director of Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.

Feb 27 2017
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