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Claire McCarthy
Works at Boston Children's Hospital
Attended Princeton University
Lives in Greater Boston Area
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American Academy of Pediatrics denounces the North Carolina law that discriminates against transgender children and children with certain genetic disorders.
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Got an allergy sufferer? Here's what you need to do.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/4-must-kids-seasonal-allergies-201604129511
We've listed four tips to help your child cope with allergy season — and they work just as well for adults, too.
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Given what we know about tobacco and youth, it's embarrassing we haven't done something already. 

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/we-should-be-ashamed-if-we-dont-pass-tobacco-21-laws-201603299452
Raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 years old may help deter young people from smoking.
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Most kids need guidance as they learn how to enjoy healthy foods and eating patterns.
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Want to keep safe from Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses? Here's what you need to do.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/4-ways-to-protect-your-family-from-mosquitoes-201602239272
Learn four ways to protect your family from mosquitoes at home and while traveling.
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If we want our youth to grow into healthy adults, they may need to be thinner than we thought.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-teens-weigh-prevent-heart-disease-adults-201604199556
A recent study reveals that the current "healthy" weight ranges for teens might be too high, and therefore still putting them at risk for heart disease.
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Parents of babies: read about a warning from the FDA and AAP about arsenic in rice cereal. This is important.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-warns-parents-about-arsenic-in-rice-cereal-201604059473
The FDA has issued new recommendations on arsenic levels in infant cereals.
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Too often people who are hesitant about vaccines forget that vaccines actually do something.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-inconvenient-truth-of-vaccine-refusal-201603229426
The decision not to vaccinate a child extends the risk of illness to the larger community.
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New research shows that there is a really simple way parents can help prevent food allergy in their children.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-latest-on-a-simple-way-to-help-prevent-food-allergies-in-kids-201603089326
Research suggests that giving certain foods very early in life is safe and actually decreases a child's risk for some food allergies.
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Bottom line: Even if the TdaP vaccine isn't as effective as we might like, it's really important to keep using it. It saves lives.

http://www.myfoxboston.com/news/whooping-cough-outbreaks-on-the-rise-new-vaccine-could-be-to-blame/105282372
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Most of what I say to parents about starting solids has been the same for the past 25 years...except these three things.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/starting-your-baby-on-solids-the-three-new-things-i-tell-parents-to-do-201602169227
Research has changed pediatricians' recommendations for when — and how — to introduce babies to solid foods.
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Pediatrician and Medical Communications Editor
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  • Boston Children's Hospital
    present
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Greater Boston Area
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Mom, pediatrician, writer.  Often tired but never bored.
Education
  • Princeton University
    1984
  • Harvard Medical School
    1988
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Female