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Experts urge people to be smart in extreme heat
Jon Castagnino
Fox5Vegas.com.com
June 27, 2013
 

 

Whether working, walking, biking or basically doing anything in the Valley's triple-digit heat this week, we know it's unbearable.

Temperatures will only continue to rise through Sunday. If you can't limit your exposure to the sun, you've got to be smart.

"Every 10, 15, 20 minutes I'll get down and get in the shade," construction worker Brian Riley said.

Kids, however, don't know any better.

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Doctors are asked reduce prescriptions for ear infections
Ken Alltucker
AZCental.com
April 4, 2013
Your toddler has a fever, complains of pain and tugs at his ear.

What once may have been a routine scenario for a doctor to prescribe antibiotics now will be subject to new, stricter guidelines on how to diagnose and treat ear infections, the most common bacterial illness in children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released guidelines for children between 6 months and 12 years old aiming to reduce overuse of antibiotics. That means parents who expect a prescription for their childís middle-ear infection may walk away with nothing more than a doctorís recommendation to monitor the symptoms.

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Blood and Tamiflu shortages caused by 'widespread' flu
azfamily.com
 

Flu is still considered widespread in Arizona, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some experts say it has yet to peak here.

The ongoing harsh season is having ripple effects through the medical community.

Video link courtesy of azfamily.com



Heat Poses Serious Problems for Kids
KPHO.com
 

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A pediatic doctor joins us with tips on how to keep your children safe from the sweltering temeratures.

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What to do when your kid comes down with a spring sickness
Connie Colla, abc15.com, March 25, 2011
 

PHOENIX - It’s that time of year: the flowers are blooming, the temperature’s getting warmer, and children are coming down with spring sickness.

But does this mean that you should be keeping your child home from school at the slightest hint of a runny nose? You don’t want to send your child to school only to receive a phone call from the nurse saying he or she needs to be picked up.

Then again, you don’t want to waste a PTO day when your child is really fine. So how do you tell the difference? ...

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When should you worry about your childís fever?
Catherine Holland, azfamily.com, March 3, 2011
 

There's nothing scarier for a parent than a sick child, especially when the child is running a fever.

As frightening as it can be, fever is one way the body fights off infections.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently came out with a new report saying parents should treat every single fever. The co-founder of the study said parents tend to over-treat, even waking kids to give them ...

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Tips to keep kids healthy during cold and allergy season
Chelsea Davis, ABC15.COM, February 21, 2011
 

Many families have been bombarded with the flu this season. Dr. Steven Hauben, Pediatrician from Good Night Pediatrics, offers some advice on how to keep our child healthy and how to help prevent the sickness from spreading.

Hauben says that one of the most important ways to combat the lurking flu is to cough correctly. By coughing into your elbow, you minimize the amount of contact you would spread had you coughed in your hand instead. Secondly, Dr. Hauben stresses the importance of hand-washing and sanitizers since we are so commonly active with our hands. And lastly, in addition to keeping your body clean and sanitary, Hauben shares that the flu shot is still good and ...

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OPEN ALL NIGHT LONG
Dr. Kalm's appearance on CBS, February 7, 2011
 

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Nevada Ranks No. 51 For Child Health Care
Pediatrician Says Access Is Limited
February 2, 2011, Fox 5 News Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- For pediatricians such as Dr. Sandy Kalm, a report released Wednesday just reaffirms her decision to practice medicine in the Las Vegas valley.

The report, released by the privately funded Commonwealth Fund, ranks Nevada 51st in the nation for child health care, in areas such as access to health care and prevention.

"The scorecard paints a bleak picture," said Dr. Edward Schor, of the Commonwealth Fund. "Nevada has some of worst rates in the nation for medical (care), dental checkups, oral health problems, (and having a) regular primary care provider who coordinates a child's needed health care."

Kalm said one of the state's biggest problems is its hospitals.

She said she once sent a child to a hospital's emergency room, but later learned he had to sit and wait for a long while before being admitted.

"In other states you have residency programs in nearly every hospital, so you have people there who admit people in the middle of the night," Kalm said. "That's one thing here we don't have."



All-night pediatric clinic offers parents alternative to ER
Paul Takahashi
December 24, 2010
It’s 3 a.m. and your child is sick. Really sick.

Your family pediatrician’s office is closed for the night, and if you go to the hospital emergency room, you might be waiting hours before you get to see a doctor. Where do you go?

Good Night Pediatrics in Henderson has been providing urgent medical care for children between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. every night since it opened about a year ago.

To the relief of many parents, the valley’s first and only all-night pediatric clinic will stay open throughout the holidays.

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Raising Arizona Kids: Bedwetting Advice
RAKPodcasts, December, 2010
 

Bedwetting is a common but frustrating and difficult challenge. We've got some helpful tips from Harvey Simon, M.D., a Valley pediatrician and the president of Goodnight Pediatrics.

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Doctors See an Increase in Valley Fever Cases
Fox 10 News, October 25, 2010
 

There's a concern about the increase of Valley Fever in Arizona.How do you know you have it or just the regular flu?
Dr. Maria Martinez has the details on how to tell the difference between them.

Dr. Maria D. Martinez
Pediatric Pulmonologist
Good Night Pediatrics Northwest
8801 W. Union Hills Dr.
Peoria, AZ
623-241-9026
www.goodnightpeds.com/northwest.html

VFA Walk to Cure Valley Fever
Nov. 7, 8am - 11am
University of Arizona College of Medicine Building
550 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
vfever.org



OPEN ALL NIGHT LONG
Dr. Sniadanko's appearance on Chn. 3 News, May 25, 2010
 

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CHILDOOD OBESITY
Dr. Simon's appearance on Chn. 3 News, February 21, 2010
 

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CHILDOOD COLIC
Dr. Simon's appearance on www.SheKnows.com, Daily Dish , February 25, 2010
 

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PREVENTION OF SPORTS INJURIES IN YOUNG ATHLETES
Harvey J. Simon, M.D., F.A.A.P.
October 2009
Schools are back in session, fall is here and all our children, boys and girls, are involved in sports activities.  Some are playing competitively with school or league teams and some are just having fun.  All of us should be concerned with preventing injuries to our children while they are playing.

Prevention of injuries should start before actual play.  In the Valley of the Sun, the first step is to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate.  We know that we all are losing water all the time here without being aware of it and this loss is increased by physical activity.  Adequate fluid should be provided before and during activity.  Supplements such as creatine should be avoided because they can increase dehydration.

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Clinic Offers Overnight Urgent Care For Kids
KPHO News 5 Video
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Clinic Offers Overnight Urgent Care For Kids.
A pediatric clinic offers an overnight alternative to hospital emergency rooms. ...
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Valley Company Devoted to Pediatric Urgent Care Names New Chief Medical Director
Written by Melissa Diekema, Publicist, Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC®
September 7, 2007

Good Night Pediatrics appoints experienced pediatric doctor to important position

Phoenix, AZ – It takes a dedicated person to go into the field of pediatrics, so when Harvey J. Simon, M.D., J.D., F.A.A.P. joined the staff of Good Night Pediatrics in August 2006, it was a perfect match. Today, Good Night Pediatrics is pleased to announce Dr. Simon’s appointment as its new Chief Medical Director.

With more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Simon has an extensive background in pediatrics, making him the perfect choice for the director position. "We are thrilled to have Dr. Simon on board," said Good Night Pediatrics CEO, Dr. Michael McQueen. "His experience and proven leadership skills will bring a new energy to our mission of ensuring that children have access to a pediatrician throughout the night, too."

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Halloween Safety Tips
Written by American Academy of Pediatrics
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
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Most young kids need flu shot, experts say
Written by Associated Press
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
WASHINGTON - Far too few young children get annual flu shots, particularly those who are most at risk of serious illness or death because they have asthma or other chronic diseases.

A survey released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only about one-third of children between age 6 months and 2 years get a flu vaccination. A different survey, conducted by state health departments, says about 48 percent of children in that same age group are getting their flu vaccine.

"The real message is, no matter what survey you look at, we're nowhere near protecting the number of children that we're supposed to," said Dr. Jeanne Santoli, a pediatrician at the CDC.
This year, medical experts have expanded the age range of children who should be vaccinated. Health officials now say children between 6 months and 5 years should get flu shots; previously the range was 6 months to 2 years. Many parents may not be aware of the change.

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