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Should Pediatricians Teach Their Young Patients About Sex?

Posted on · The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a clinical report encouraging pediatricians to fill in a gap of sex education by discussing safe sex and healthy relationships with their patients. The report marks the first update by the AAP on the subject since 2001. It’s a push — if followed — that may be especially […]

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Pediatricians and Sex Ed: Friday’s Show (August 5, 2016)

Posted on · The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a clinical report encouraging pediatricians to fill in a gap of sex education by discussing safe sex and healthy relationships with their patients. The report marks the first update by the AAP on the subject since 2001. And it’s a push — if followed– that may be especially […]

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Since It’s Not Mandatory, Doctors Struggle to Convince Parents of the Need for HPV Vaccine

Posted on · In 2007, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state get a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Later that year, the state legislature passed a bill vacating the governor’s order. Some wondered whether the governor had been bought by Merck, the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine […]

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What’s Are Chicken Pox Parties? Answers to Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · A listener wanted to if chicken pox parties are safe. What exactly is a chicken pox party in the first place? Pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong answers that question and others about children’s health. She’s assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Health and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Texas Democratic Convention & Ask the Pediatrician: Tuesday’s Show (June 21, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Democrats haven’t elected a candidate to statewide office since 1994. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. But at last week’s state convention, the party’s leadership seemed optimistic that Texas Democrats are nearing the end of their years in the wilderness. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Your Children’s Health Questions Answered

Posted on · We welcome your questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong, assistant professor of pediatrics at The UT Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any question you might ask your own family doctor about the health and well-being of your children will be welcome.

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Austin Tice and Talk to the Family Doctor: Houston Matters for Thurs., Aug. 14, 2014

Posted on · Two years ago today, Houston native and freelance journalist Austin Tice disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria. Tice grew up dreaming of becoming an international correspondent for NPR. That dream became his parents’ nightmare when Tice vanished. While many believe he was kidnapped, there has been no indication of what happened to him since a video […]

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Our Pediatrician Answers Your Questions

Posted on · We welcome your general children’s health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We welcome just about any question you may have about your child’s health and well-being. Think of it as […]

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Answering Your Children’s Health Questions

Posted on · If you’ve got kids, you probably have questions about their health that you haven’t had time to ask your doctor. Well, here’s your chance to get some answers — without the copay. We welcome your children’s health questions for pediatrician Dr. Mfon Ekong. She’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health […]