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High Levels of Weedkiller Found in Hummus, Chickpeas

July 14, 2020
From the Environmental Working Group: Independent laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the notorious weedkiller linked to cancer, in more than 80 percent of non-organic hummus and chickpeas samples, and detected at far lower levels in...

World Health Organization Chief Delivers Emotional Speech

July 10, 2020
From NPR: The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the world - and humanity is failing because of a lack of leadership and unity, the head of the World Health Organization declared in a passionate speech Thursday. "How is it difficult for...

States Shouldn't Force Schools To Reopen If Virus Is Surging

July 9, 2020
From NPR: President Trump issued a forceful call this week for America's K-12 schools to reopen full time for all children in the fall, suggesting that Democrats want to keep schools closed ahead of the November election and even threatening...

Officials Urge Caution Over July 4th Weekend

July 3, 2020
From The Washington Post: As the holiday weekend approaches, health officials are warning the public to remain vigilant amid concerns that the Washington region could see an increase in coronavirus cases as numbers skyrocket nationwide. The District, Maryland and Virginia...

Guidance on Digital Advertising and Children

June 24, 2020
From HealthyChildren.org: Advertising to children and teenagers is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and research has shown that children are uniquely vulnerable to it. A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics offers evidence-based recommendations to protect children from the rapidly...

An Expert Explains How To Assess COVID-19 Risk

June 18, 2020
From NPR: Across the country, states are loosening the restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 -- with varying results. New cases are decreasing in some states, including New York, Michigan and Colorado, while...

Office Update During Coronavirus

April 30, 2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: McKnight Pediatrics continues to try to do its part in helping to contain this virus and "flatten the curve". Everything we know tells us the only way to do that is encourage our citizens to stay home,...

Questions and Answers About the Spread of Coronavirus

April 19, 2020
From The New York Times: When we asked readers to send their questions about coronavirus, a common theme emerged: Many people are fearful about tracking the virus into their homes on their clothes, their shoes, the mail and even the...

New Study on Need for Integration of Mind Body Medicine

April 17, 2020
From Today's Practitioner: In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and from UC Davis Health call for broader use of mind-body...

A Message from Common Good City Farm

April 10, 2020
Although the world is in a time of crisis, we are heartened by the way our community and the food community is responding. We are encouraged by the number of mutual aid efforts that have sprung up and how neighbors...

Parenting During a Pandemic

April 9, 2020
The Atlantic magazine has published two articles about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of parents: Mary Katharine Ham's "It's Okay to Be a Different Kind of Parent During the Pandemic" and Lori Gottlieb's advice column "Dear Therapist:...

The Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen

March 26, 2020
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces a list of the fruits and vegetables that retain the highest residues of harmful chemical pesticides on the non-organic varieties. This helpful guide shows you which foods you should either buy the...

The Ugly Secrets Hidden in America's Healthcare System

March 25, 2020
From Vocal: COVID, the hallways are eerily empty because of you. At night, where there normally exists an air of calmness as patients sleep, the hospital walls that surround me instead convey a sense of uncertainty. It is palpable. It...

Tips from the CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease

March 23, 2020
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Children are not at higher risk Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick...

Keeping Your Child's School Skills Sharp

March 20, 2020
As schools across the country remained closed for the foreseeable future, consider these books and activity packs from Highlights to keep your children engaged in fun learning activities....

Let's Meet This Moment Together

March 20, 2020
From the Calm app's blog: Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. We're feeling it too, and we wanted to share some of the tools we're using to take care of...

WHAT TO DO ABOUT CORONOVIRUS

March 5, 2020
What is the Coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses that can cause an infection in the nose, sinuses, or throat. Some coronaviruses are mild and simply produce symptoms often seen in the common cold, such as a runny...

Are all BPA-free Plastics Safe? Scientists Question Alternatives

February 21, 2020
From TodaysPracticioner.com: Scientists find BPA alternative, bisphenol S, could negatively affect both a mother's placenta and potentially a developing baby's brain. Using BPA-free plastic products could be as harmful to human health -- including a developing brain -- as those...

Home Cleaning Products May Up Risk of Childhood Asthma

February 21, 2020
From Reuters Health: New parents who obsessively clean their homes to protect babies from germs might want to relax a bit, suggests a new study linking high exposure to cleaning products with an increased risk of childhood asthma. Researchers surveyed...

New Report on Children's Wellbeing Around the Globe

February 21, 2020
From CNN.com: The United States ranks lower than 38 other countries on measurements of children's survival, health, education and nutrition -- and every country in the world has levels of excess carbon emissions that will prevent younger generations from a...

Many U.S. Kids Not Getting Enough Sleep on Weeknights

October 30, 2019
From Healio.com: Roughly a third of U.S. schoolchildren do not get the recommended amount of sleep on weeknights, researchers reported here. The good news is that those who do get adequate sleep are more likely to have a positive outlook...

Meat Study Researcher Didn't Report Ties to Food Industry

October 8, 2019
From The New York Times: A surprising new study challenged decades of nutrition advice and gave consumers the green light to eat more red and processed meat. But what the study didn't say is that its lead author has past...

Pouch Problems

October 3, 2019
From WebMD: Walk the baby food aisle and you'll quickly notice that those miniature glass jars of baby food from your childhood are being overtaken by squeezable, suck-able, disposable pouches. A decade after they hit the shelves, billed as a...

Zantac Pulled From Shelves Over Carcinogen Fears

October 1, 2019
From The New York Times: The pharmacy chains Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS have moved to stop selling the heartburn medicine Zantac and its generic versions after the Food and Drug Administration warned this month that it had detected low...

The Vaping Illness Outbreak: What We Know So Far

September 26, 2019
From NPR.org: An outbreak of severe lung disease among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states, and public health officials say it's too soon to point to a cause. According to the latest report from...

Recommendations on Preventing Influenza in 2019-2020

September 5, 2019
From HealthyChildren.org: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 6 months and older are vaccinated for influenza for the 2019-2020 season, preferably by the end of October, with either the flu shot or the nasal spray...

The Challenge of Diagnosing Lyme Disease

July 29, 2019
From The New York Times: Lyme disease is on the rise. The 30,000 cases reported annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by state health departments represent only a fraction of the cases diagnosed and treated around the...

Sun Safety and Protection Tips

July 16, 2019
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Spending time outdoors is a common activity on spring breaks or summer vacations, but remember to protect against the sun's rays. Everyone is at risk for sunburn. Children especially need to be protected from...

Medical groups warn climate change is a 'health emergency'

June 26, 2019
From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate...

FAQ: Questions About Measles

May 13, 2019
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Am I protected from measles? Do I need a booster vaccine? How effective is the measles vaccine? And more answers to common questions about measles and the vaccine used to prevent it....

FAQ: Questions About Measles

May 13, 2019
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Am I protected from measles? Do I need a booster vaccine? How effective is the measles vaccine? And more answers to common questions about measles and the vaccine used to prevent it....

To Grow Up Healthy, Children Need to Sit Less and Play More

May 7, 2019
From the World Health Organization: Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according...

How to Help Your Daughter Have a Healthy Body Image

May 7, 2019
From The Child Mind Institute: Girls coming of age in the 21st century have more opportunities than any of the generations that preceded them. But they also face an array of pressures that are unprecedented. Girls are expected to become...

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically

May 7, 2019
From The Child Mind Institute: Tuition isn't the only thing that's relentlessly on the rise on American college campuses. Multiple studies show a significant increase in college mental health problems in the last few years, and campus counseling services report...

These Five Cuisines Are Easier on the Planet

May 6, 2019
From The New York Times: Can I eat well without wrecking the planet? As a climate reporter and personal chef to a growing, ravenous child, I think about this question a lot. Is there a cuisine somewhere in the world...

How Mass Marketing Affects Our Minds

April 25, 2019
From NPR.org: After you read this sentence, pause for a moment to think back on advertisements you first heard when you were a child. Perhaps you recall a favorite jingle or the catchphrase of a cereal mascot. You probably can...

Letting Kids with Anxiety Face Their Fears

April 17, 2019
From NPR.org: The first time Jessica Calise can remember her 9-year-old son Joseph's anxiety spiking was about a year ago, when he had to perform at a school concert. He said his stomach hurt and he might throw up. "We...

AAP Urges Recall of Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper

April 10, 2019
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue an immediate recall for the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper, which has been tied to 32 sleep-related...

Eating Fish May Help City Kids With Asthma Breathe Better

April 3, 2019
From NPR.org: It's long been known that air pollution influences the risk -- and severity -- of asthma. Now, there's emerging evidence that diet can play a role, too. A new study finds that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids,...

How to Reduce Added Sugar in Your Child's Diet

March 25, 2019
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: On average, sugar makes up 17% of what children consume each day. That's a lot of sugar―and half of that comes from drinks with added sugar! Many foods or beverages have extra sugar and...

FDA Says It Found Asbestos In Makeup At Claire's

March 11, 2019
From NPR News: U.S. regulators say several makeup products from Claire's stores tested positive for asbestos, a mineral that has been linked to deadly cancers. The Food and Drug Administration tested makeup from Claire's and the retailer Justice, both of...

Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues

February 22, 2019
From The New York Times: Most American teenagers -- across demographic groups -- see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew Research Center found. The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers...

Medical Anthropologist Explores 'Vaccine Hesitancy'

February 22, 2019
From NPR: Distrust of vaccines may be almost as contagious as measles, according to medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo. More than 100 people have been infected with measles this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Over 50 of those...

On Perinatal Depression

February 12, 2019
From The New York Times: As many as one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy, or in the year after giving birth, and there has never been any method scientifically recommended to prevent it. On Tuesday a government panel...

Germs In Your Gut

February 4, 2019
From The New York Times, here's an article about new research into the human microbiome and what implications gut bacteria might have in diseases like autism and dementia. In 2014 John Cryan, a professor at University College Cork in Ireland,...

How to Know If Your Child is Being Bullied

January 22, 2019
From the Child Mind Institute: We are all aware that being bullied as a child is not a trivial thing. It not only causes acute suffering, it has been linked to long-term emotional problems, and children who lack strong parental...

Washington's First New Year Baby!

January 15, 2019
McKnight Pediatrics is proud to be the home office for D.C.'s first New Year baby of 2019! Baby Lucy was born on the first of January at 12:07 AM. She tipped the scales at 5 pounds and 7.1 ounces, and...

Anxiety in the Classroom

January 8, 2019
From the Child Mind Institute: Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify--like when a child is feeling nervous before a test at school. Other times anxiety in the classroom can look like something else entirely -- an upset stomach, disruptive or...

The Links Between Social-Media Use and Depression

January 4, 2019
From CNN.com: Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming can come with downsides. There appears to be a connection between social...

More Than Just a Cold?

December 17, 2018
Recently, our office has seen quite a few young patients with bronchiolitis, which is a serious respiratory infection whose symptoms are very similar to the common cold. Both the common cold and bronchiolitis are caused by the same virus--respiratory syncytial...

Global-Health Officials Respond to Spike in Measles

December 13, 2018
From NPR News, published on November 30, 2018: If you take the long view, international health organizations have much to be encouraged about when it comes to the global fight against measles. From 2000 to 2017, for instance, the annual...

New Study on Infant Sleep

December 10, 2018
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Along with other milestones like rolling over and sitting up, new parents often expect their infant will start sleeping through the night by around 6 months of age. But authors of a study in...

Packages of Infant Ibuprofen Have Been Recalled

December 6, 2018
As reported on CNN.com: A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may...

Nighttime media use threatens teen sleep

October 24, 2018
Check out this article about how night time media use can affect teen sleep "Nighttime media use was associated with less sleep, as well as self-reported anxiety and depression, in teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, based on data from 81 adolescents."...

AAP report: Prioritize Play for Young Children

October 24, 2018
Check out this article about the importance of prioritizing play for young children. " Pediatricians, parents, and teachers should prioritize play for children under their care because of its significant benefits, such as encouraging learning, building social bonds, and regulating...

Swaddling sleeping infants increases risk of SIDS

May 16, 2016
May 11, 2016 Swaddling sleeping infants increases risk of SIDS Infants who are swaddled while they sleep have an increased risk of SIDS. Swaddling infants, especially when they are sleeping in a prone position or on their side, may increase...

Grandson #2 for Dr. McKnight!

April 27, 2015
Chase Ellington McKay, Dr. McKnight's daughter Jessica's second son with her husband Montrel, was born on Monday, April 13 at 8:16 PM PST! Chase is a healthy 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 19.5 inches. They are all doing really well!...