America’s Toothfairy

National Children’s Oral Health Foundation BY JILL MALMGREN Did you know that pediatric dental disease is the most common, chronic disease among children in the U.S.? More common even than asthma or diabetes? More than 40 percent of children experience tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, and the decay rate for children with special needs is even higher. Because tooth decay affects millions of children, it is easy to believe cavities are inevitable […]

Prominent Physician Proposes A Can-Do Way To Reduce Health Care Costs – By Finding Cures

PART II of a SERIES INTERVIEW OF STEPHEN L. DEFELICE, M.D., BY JOSEPH M. VALENZANO JR. In Dr. DeFelice’s journey with carnitine, he faced every barrier in our medical discovery system. He believes the Doctornaut Act is the only practical remedy and route to achievable solutions. “My experience with carnitine and our Barrier System would require a thick book that no one would read,” he said. “A single tragic story concerning cancer clearly demonstrates this. […]

How The ACA Affects Children With Special Needs And Their Families

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects children with special needs and disabilities in many ways. This article provides an overview of some ACA-related topics relevant to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. It is based on a series of posts in the ACA blog published by the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP). The NCFPP is a project of Family Voices, operated through a […]

Motivate Your Child to Move!

BY KAREN KABAKI-SISTO, M.S. CCC-SLP While external rewards like a prize or a special sweet treat can be effective for short-term gains, maximizing your child’s internal motivation leads to a more consistent desire for physical activities. Does your child enjoy the playground and sports, or would he or she prefer to sit on the couch engrossed in TV shows or video games? Brain-based research shows that physical activity can increase attention span and memory, prepare […]

Durable Sheets Flatten, Fade And Conceal Scars

Your accident is long forgotten. Your surgery is in the rear-view mirror. You’ve moved on, but you still wear that red and raised badge of courage – your scar. No matter how they occurred or how long they’ve been there, scars can be as painful to our selfimage as the injury that caused them. Now, these unwelcome souvenirs don’t have to linger forever, thanks to ScarAway® Silicone Scar Sheets. ScarAway is an over-the-counter treatment that […]


FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS Parents and families are encouraged to model healthy behaviors for children, and pediatricians are in a good position to help families find ways to do this together. In updated recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers practical steps families can take to help children maintain a healthy weight. The advice comes as part of an AAP clinical report published in the July 2015 issue of Pediatrics. The report, […]


Every year since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) produces The Case for Inclusion, an annual ranking of how well State Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families. Individuals with ID/DD, including the young and the aging, want and deserve the same opportunities and quality of life as all Americans. Medicaid impacts so many—children and adults with disabilities, the elderly and families living in poverty. It is the critical safety […]

The Supreme Court Affirms The ACA

Family Voices applauds the June 25th Supreme Court ruling that upholds a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — that premium tax credits are available to offset the cost of health insurance, regardless of whether a person signed up through the federal or a state exchange. According to Enroll America, “more than 10 million Americans have coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and 85% of them receive financial help to pay for their […]

Health is Something WE Don’t Have

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS Bulletin: “Measles vaccine reduces death from other diseases.” Having the measles disease somehow disrupts the immune system to combat other diseases, which the child may already have had sometime in the past. “Not only is measles extremely contagious and deadly, it creates a kind of immune forgetfulness.” (May 2015) 1 […]

Key Findings: State Actions to Adopt Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects

NCBDDD SCIENCE ALERT CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published a new study looking at state actions to adopt newborn screening for critical congenital heart defects (critical CHDs) using pulse oximetry – a simple, non-invasive way to measure the amount of oxygen in a newborn’s blood. CDC researchers found that 43 states have taken action toward newborn screening for critical CHDs through legislation, regulations, or hospital guidelines. This report is the first assessment of […]