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Sore throats, runny noses and goopy eyes abound now in classrooms and pediatric offices everywhere.

I keep telling myself it’s worth it. And it really is.

With heightened awareness and media attention being paid to recognizing and promptly treating concussions, accurately defining one is as nebulous as the condition itself.

Back to school always seems to sneak up on us. We’re well into later bedtimes, letting the kids sleep in and indulging in impromptu weekend getaways . And yet, it’s August, and suddenly we’re back-to-school shopping and anticipating more than a bit of resistance when it comes to getting bedtimes back on track.

I'm revisiting an article I wrote in April about the importance of sunscreen and sun protection for children. It's so timely now, in the heat of summer.

Summer inevitably paves the way to days spent poolside, on the lake, at the beach or hiking along rivers. And as we flock to the waterways, you've no doubt noticed articles and blog posts galore about water safety and drowning prevention.

For many of us, today (or maybe tomorrow) marks the first day of summer even though technically summer doesn't arrive for two weeks. But school is out, and the kids are screaming, "It's summer!" I guess if we're being honest with ourselves, their brains have been on summer vacation for the past three weeks.

If you're looking for the country with the most sleep-deprived children, look no further.

Melanoma in kids is on the rise. While still relatively rare, this deadly skin cancer has been increasing each year according to a long-term study released in the Journal of Pediatrics. Among childhood cases, 75 percent of them occur in adolescents ages 15 to 19.



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