Children who cut themselves and the emotional turmoil behind self-mutilation

One form of self-inflicted injury by an adolescent or child is called “cutting.” Psychiatrist Gayani DeSilva, M.D., explains the emotional reasons that young people intentionally hurt themselves by cutting and other forms of self-mutilation.

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Does that cyst require surgery? An examination of childhood ailments

For parents, it’s often hard to determine when to let time heal a bump on your child’s arm and when to call the doctor. John German, M.D., explains which childhood ailments require emergency treatment. German is also a board member with the Ronald McDonald House in Orange County, Calif., and he describes the importance of this community-supported service for young patients and their families.

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How-to: Public defibrillation machines

Defibrillation machines, often labeled “AED” — automated external defibrillation — have become more available in public spaces. Regina Faison, founder of the Derrick Faison Foundation, reviews the use of these machines, a device that might have saved the life of her husband, pro football player Derrick Faison. Anthony Chang, M.D., also examines the alarming rise in sudden cardiac death among student-athletes.

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Solutions to childhood obesity

Deborah Proctor, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health, explores childhood obesity and fitness programs for kids, including Healthy For Life.

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The colors of the rainbow can help create tasty and nutritious meals for kids

Erin Macdonald, R.D., a nutrition and fitness coach at Complete Wellness NOW! in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and fourth-grader Laurenz Dodge use colors to plan nutritious meals for children.

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A family’s journey with autism

Bill Murphy, M.D., and wife Jerrine Murphy, R.N., a board-certified behavioral analyst, share their story about raising twins with autism.

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