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Claire McCarthy
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Teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than regular ones. Time to get talking, folks.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2015/04/teens_and_e-cigarettes_time_to_wake_up.html
So, all you parents who talk to your teens about cigarettes, it's time to talk about e-cigarettes too. Or instead.
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Lots of us want the anniversary to go by with as little remembering as possible. But it's really important that we don't let that happen.
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I've worked so hard, and I want it to add up to something, to lead to something. I want to be able to be proud of my accomplishments. That's not a bad thing. But accomplishments don't keep you company, bring you cocoa or laugh at your jokes....
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These days, people bring their smartphones everywhere--including to the pediatrician's office. As a pediatrician, I definitely have mixed feelings.
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Too often we are so accommodating of our children's habits and quirks that they lose the ability to be flexible. And being flexible is a key life skill.
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What this means, for those of you who have a high school student or work with high school students (or are in high school), is that you know someone in an abusive relationship.
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It's National Donate Life month. It's not always comfortable to think about organ donation, but it's important that we do think about it.

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/Organ-Donation.aspx
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Most parents don't want to think about their teen daughters having sex, let alone contemplate the possibility that they might get pregnant. But preventing pregnancy is all about, well, prevention.
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Kids with ADHD need treatment--and too many preschoolers aren't getting the right kind, or any at all. 

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2015/04/what_parents_of_preschoolers_should_know_about_adhd.html
I worry that many if not most of them aren't getting the help they need--and that this may have real and bad implications for their future.
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It sounds like such a good idea..but I'm not so sure it is.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2015/03/will_babyfirsttv_make_baby_last.html
BabyFirstTV is created for babies. And that's exactly what worries me about it.
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I believe strongly in vaccines and in our vaccine schedule. But when it comes to helping vaccine-hesitant families, sometimes compromise is needed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/claire-mccarthy-md/what-i-tell-parents-who-ask-me-about-alternate-vaccine-schedules_b_6782652.html
So much of this is about trust: Helping families trust not just me, but all the research and science behind vaccines, helping them trust the people who truly are experts as opposed to the people who say they are, but aren't....
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So when can a child go it alone? What makes this one especially hard is that there really isn't a right answer.
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Mom, pediatrician, writer.  Often tired but never bored.
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  • Princeton University
    1984
  • Harvard Medical School
    1988
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