Penn Integrative Pediatrics is a general pediatrics practice with additional elective integrative medicine options offered to patients of all ages. We specialize in pediatric sports medicine for competition and pain care without medication using Dr. Penn's truly revolutionary treatment approach. Our special athletes competitiveness and readinesss program is aimed to improve athletes readiness and their capabilities to compete, best of all, to reduce the chance of injury.
Dr. Penn is one of the very few select physicians in the nation who are both board certified in western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Her unique approach to integrate western and scientific Chinese medicine allows her to treat many sports related injuries that are non-responsive to western medical management. Dr. Penn's goal is for children to be at their best physical and mental health from birth and onward so they can achieve their highest potential.
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Congratulations to Dr. Penn! We are proud to announce that Dr. Penn's article 'Acupuncture treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding in an adolescent' is published by British Medical Journal Case Report. Please feel free to read, download and distribute.
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♦Autumn Scientific Meeting - British Medical Acupuncture Society
♦No safe level of alcohol, study says - PIP
AFP (8/23) reports 'Zero tolerance - No safe level of alcohol'
♦Kids, Teens Who Specialize In One Sport May Be More Likely To Sustain Overuse Injuries -AAP
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Reuters (8/22) reports, “Children and teens who specialize in one sport may be more likely to get injured than those who play a variety of sports,” research indicated.
HealthDay (8/22) reports that such children and teens may be “nearly two times more likely to sustain an overuse injury from repeatedly taxing the same muscles and joints than peers who played multiple sports,” researchers concluded in a review.
♦ Forcing Kids To Eat Foods They Don’t Like May Spark Mealtime Tension, Damage Parent-Child Relationship, Study Suggests.
♦ Heading Soccer Balls May Be More Damaging For Female Players Than Male Players, Study Suggests...AAP
Reuters (7/31) reports researchers found that “the volume of damaged white matter in” female soccer players who frequently headed the ball “was five times greater than it was for” their male counterparts. The researchers used diffusion tensor imaging to examine the brains of “49 male and 49 female amateur soccer players who reported a similar number of headings during the previous year.” The findings were published in Radiology.
NPR (7/31) reports lead author Michael Lipton, a neuroradiologist and neuroscientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said, “The most important finding here is that we see that in women’s brains, actually looking at brain tissue, there seems to be a greater sensitivity to repetitive, very low-level injury relative to men.”
♦ Healthy Kids With Chronically Ill Siblings May Suppress Their Own Needs, Meta-Analysis Indicates.
Reuters (7/26) reports, “Healthy kids with chronically ill siblings may suppress their own needs as they adapt to shifting family dynamics that are focused on caring for the child who is sick,” research indicated. The findings of the 12-study meta-analysis were published online in Pediatrics.
♦ Prescription Stimulants For AD/HD May Impair Brain Function In Healthy Students Taking The Medications For An Intelligence Boost, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (7/26) reports that “many college students turn to” medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “treating the prescription stimulants as ‘smart drugs’ that will enhance their academic performance.” Now, however, research indicates that such medicines “do not improve, and can actually impair, brain function in healthy students who take the drug hoping for an intelligence boost.” The findings of the 13-student study were published online in the journal Pharmacy.
♦ Learning To Play Piano May Help Children Build Up Language Skills, Study Indicates. ... from AAP
TIME (7/1) reported research indicates learning to play the piano may help children “build up their language skills.” As youngsters’ “ears become trained to distinguish between different pitches and tones at the piano...they also seem to get better at parsing subtle differences between spoken words, a key element of language acquisition,” the study revealed. The findings were published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
♦ Young Pitchers Should Heed Pitch Count Guidelines To Keep Their Elbows Healthy, Study Indicates... from AAP
HealthDay (7/8) reported, “Young pitchers should heed pitch count guidelines if they want their elbows to stay healthy,” researchers concluded in a study involving “149 pitchers, aged 7 to 11, with no prior elbow pain who were assessed at the start and end of a baseball season.” The study revealed that “throwing more than 50 pitches a day, more 200 pitches a week, and playing more than 70 games a year (the baselines established by the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine) were risk factors for elbow pain.” The findings were scheduled for presentation at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting
♦ Safety Expert Discusses Hot Weather Safety Precautions With Kids In The Car...AAP
HealthDay (7/7) reported, “Every nine days, a child dies in a hot car in the United States, but...safety expert” Susan Katz, coordinator of the pediatric injury prevention program at Stony Brook (NY) Children’s Hospital, “says such tragedies can easily be prevented.” Katz said, “Three letters can help drivers remember to take proper safety precautions with children when traveling in the car: A, C, T.” A stands for “avoid heat-related injury and death,” C means “create reminders” that a child is in the car, and T indicates “take action.”