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  • Asthma and Nebulizer Treatment During COVID (9/24/2020) -     Due to the COVID pandemic, nebulizer treatments will no longer be possible in public places, like the doctor’s office, and the school nurse’s office. Fortunately, inhalers with spacers are equally effective, when used properly. Your child needs to have a Metered Dose Inhaler (often called puffer or MDI) and a spacer for home ... Read More!
  • Asthma and the Flu Vaccine (9/24/2020) - By Dr. Stephen Borchman #1 asthma tip of the year- GET THE FLU VACCINE Any parent with a child with significant asthma will naturally have an underlying fear that their child may have a catastrophic asthma episode. Their fears are well-founded, as every day in the United States between 3 to 5 individuals succumb to ... Read More!
  • Sex and Social Distancing (6/22/2020) - By Dr. Jamee Goldstein As quarantine continues at various levels throughout the state, maintaining emotional and social distance is difficult for all of us, but particularly for our teenagers. As a natural part of development, teens crave a connection with their peer group and rebel against authority. In addition, teenagers view themselves as invincible and ... Read More!
  • COVID-19 Antibody Testing (5/12/2020) - Many of you have called our offices asking about COVID testing. Antibody testing is a piece of the puzzle in determining whether or not someone has had COVID infection. The results of Antibody tests are best interpreted in the context of your clinical history. This means your pediatrician is the best person to help you ... Read More!
  • What to Expect When Expecting During COVID-19: A Discussion Focused on Pregnancy & Newborns (5/6/2020) -  
  • Kawasaki, Kids, and the (K)oronavirus, what you need to know (5/6/2020) - By: Dr. Eric Levene While sheltering at home, we have become news junkies hanging on every piece of information COVID related.  The latest is a potentially scary illness in children.  The New York State Department of Health is reporting 15 cases of children hospitalized with signs of shock and something called Kawasaki disease. What is ... Read More!
  • The virologist is in: Remdesivir and the Coronavirus (5/1/2020) - By: Rachel Levene, PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and daughter of Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics.  With all this good news on the COVID19 treatment front, I’m back again to share some information about how Remdesivir works to treat COVID19. COVID19 is the disease caused by a virus called ... Read More!
  • Weathering The Storm: Helping our kids through this difficult time (5/1/2020) -  
  • COVID-19 & Well Visits- Should I keep my well visit appointment? (4/23/2020) -  
  • COVID-19: Testing, Testing, 1,2,3, Testing. (4/20/2020) - By: Rachel Levene, PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and daughter of Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics.  We have all heard a lot about the novel coronavirus or COVID19 testing lately. In fact, many of our public health experts and health professionals believe that having a strong and rapid testing ... Read More!
  • Adjuvant.Health Presents Covid-19 and your Kids Webinar (4/15/2020) - Part 1-   Part 2- Q&A Session
  • An update from Allied Physicians Group about the Coronavirus- COVID19 infections in our area (4/1/2020) - In the wake of the pandemic, private practices have faced many struggles. We acknowledge and support the American Academy of Pediatric’s stance on providing funding so that pediatricians can continue to provide essential care to children and their communities. Click here for the official letter from the President of the AAP.   7/29/20 Update: Parent ... Read More!
  • WARNING REGARDING EPIPEN DEVICE MALFUNCTION (3/30/2020) - By: Dr. Raphael Strauss and Dr. Robyn Kreiner (Strauss Allergy & Asthma, Commack & Woodbury, NY) WARNING REGARDING EPIPEN DEVICE MALFUNCTION The FDA is alerting patients, caregivers, and health care professionals that EpiPen 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may potentially have delayed injection or be prevented from ... Read More!
  • COVID-19 Asthma Update from Strauss Allergy & Asthma (3/13/2020) - By: Dr. Raphael Strauss, Dr. Robyn Kreiner, and Dr. Khalid Ahmad (Strauss Allergy & Asthma, Commack & Woodbury, NY) Allied Physicians are getting many questions related to patients with asthma and coronavirus COVID-19.  Fortunately, Strauss Allergy and Asthma is a great resource. While this is an evolving situation and information may change, our current recommendations ... Read More!
  • Coronavirus Update (2/27/2020) - By: Dr. Eric Levene Many of us have heard on the news, or have seen on social media, about the Coronavirus descending from Wuhan, China. As of this morning, there are 5 confirmed cases in the United States and scattered cases in more than 6 countries besides China. The Coronavirus is a family of viruses that typically ... Read More!
  • Is There A New Cure For Peanut Allergy? (2/5/2020) - By: Dr. Robyn Kreiner & Dr. Raphael Strauss- Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Commack & Westbury, NY) The FDA has announced the approval of the first product for the treatment of food allergy. Palforzia is a premeasured package system of peanut protein designed to desensitize and induce a greater state of tolerance in peanut-allergic individuals. This ... Read More!
  • Fall Allergy and Asthma Guide (10/29/2019) - By: Dr. Raphael Strauss, Dr. Robyn Kreiner, and Dr. Khalid Ahmad (Strauss Allergy & Asthma, Commack & Woodbury, NY) Fall is the peak season for asthma in the Northeast. If you or your child is prone to cough, wheeze, or have bronchitis or asthma exacerbations in the Fall and Winter months, now is the time ... Read More!
  • Happy National Immunization Awareness Month! (8/8/2019) - By: Megan Hayes, CPNP (Peconic Pediatrics, Riverhead & Southold, New York) Happy National Immunization Awareness Month! Edward Jenner is often referred to as the father of modern vaccines, but did you know that the first use of immunizations may have been as early as 200 BCE?  As history marches on, scientists have learned more and ... Read More!
  • Why You Should Keep Your Child Vape Free (8/5/2019) - By: Eric Levene, MD, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, New York) & Kerry Fierstein, MD, Pediatric Health Associates (Plainview, New York) E-cigarettes or “vapes” have replaced traditional cigarettes as the nicotine delivery system of choice for teenagers and parents need to understand the appeal and the risk vaping represents. Though marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes, ... Read More!
  • Surviving Springtime Allergies (4/25/2019) - By: Dr. Robyn Kreiner & Dr. Raphael Strauss, Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Westbury & Commack, New York) Spring is here the trees have begun to pollinate.  While some may start to enjoy the warmer weather others may be dreading allergy symptoms.  It’s time to stock up on allergy meds and find the best allergy regimen ... Read More!
  • Addressing the Measles Outbreaks in New York (4/16/2019) - By: Kerry Fierstein, MD Pediatric Health Associates (Plainview, New York) Dear Parents & Caregivers, Measles outbreaks in Brooklyn and Rockland have put public health on the front page of our newspapers. A disease which had been declared eliminated from North America in 2002, is once again scaring parents, doctors and government officials. Things to know: ... Read More!
  • Clearing Up Questions on Stimulant Medicines in the Treatment of ADHD (3/25/2019) - By: James Parles, MD, Three Village Behavioral Medicine (Three Village, New York) A recently published article raised concern about starting stimulant medicines in the treatment of ADHD. Children who were stable on stimulant medications did not have similar problems and there is no reason for anyone currently on ADHD medications to stop them. In the ... Read More!
  • Would You Try Telemedicine For Your Little One? (2/19/2019) - Yesterday there was an article published by Newsday that discussed the challenges of telemedicine and getting patients to click the app. Allied Physicians Group has been offering telemedicine to our patients since January 2018. We started with one office during the daytime, and then rolled out after-hours telemedicine visits in March 2018 from that same ... Read More!
  • Helping Your Picky Eater (11/28/2018) - By: Kerry Fierstein, MD, Pediatric Health Associates (Plainview, New York) Mealtime should be fun – for you and your child! You can de-stress mealtimes by remembering some simple concepts. #1 – Don’t really care if your child eats or not. Normal, healthy, neurologically-intact children will not starve themselves.  The more invested you are, the more ... Read More!
  • How to talk to your children about tragedies (10/29/2018) - By: Eric Levene, MD, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, New York) It has been a scary week for our country.   First, days of hearing about bombs being sent to many of our leaders as well as people who broadcast the news.  Then on Saturday, we hear about the senseless shootings at a house of worship in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts ... Read More!
  • Allied Physicians Group’s Milk Depot: What we do and why (10/24/2018) - By: Lauren Macaluso, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC. Breastfeeding Medicine (New Hyde Park, NY) Did you know an estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year, equaling more than 1 in 10 babies? These infants face significant health challenges including increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious intestinal disease that can be fatal. Human milk ... Read More!
  • What to know about Acute Flaccid Myelitis(AFM) (10/18/2018) - By: Eric Levene, MD, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, New York) (updated 11/18/19) A rare neurological disease called Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM has made news recently as children are hospitalized with varying degrees of paralysis. The CDC estimates 1 in 1 million people will be affected, mostly children. The condition is not new but there ... Read More!
  • It’s Flu Season- AGAIN (9/26/2018) - By: Fatema Meah, MD (Peconic Pediatrics, Riverhead & Southold, NY) Back to school time is the right time to think about getting this year’s flu vaccine. In general, flu season runs from October until April, and most cases are seen in the winter months. The peak of influenza disease in the Northeast is typically in February ... Read More!
  • Talking to your college-bound child about mental health (8/24/2018) - By: Dr. Deborah Schwartz (Chester Pediatrics– White Plains, NY) As your child is preparing to start or return to college, take time to discuss the stresses of college life. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), encourages families to start the conversation now about mental health challenges, including what the privacy laws are and how mental ... Read More!
  • Strauss Allergy & Asthma on injectable epinephrine for allergies (8/22/2018) - By: Dr. Raphael Strauss & Dr. Robyn Kreiner (Strauss Allergy & Asthma, Commack & Westbury, NY)   Back-to-school for our food allergic children means not only new sneakers and backpacks but new epinephrine injectors for the school nurse. The media has been running stories about the shortage of EpiPen, the most prescribed brand of epinephrine ... Read More!
  • Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want… (6/15/2018) - By: Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC (is a Mental Health Counselor, Certified ADHD Coach, Teacher Trainer, and Parenting Specialist. She works nationwide with parents, teachers, and related services professionals for the education, treatment, and support of children with ADHD and Executive Function Deficits. Cindy is an active writer, speaker, and contributor to the field of ADHD.) Now ... Read More!
  • Spring Allergy Tips: Brace yourself, pollen is coming! (4/3/2018) - By: Dr. Raphael Strauss & Dr. Robyn Kreiner, Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Westbury & Commack, New York) Remember to: STAY INDOORS whenever possible during pollen season. USE AIR CONDITIONING and keep the windows shut. MEDICINES THAT WORK THE BEST: Nasal steroid sprays: Flonase, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Sensimist – most effective when used daily.  Antihistamines- get the ... Read More!
  • Danger: Tide Pod Challenge and Your Children (1/24/2018) - By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, New York) The Tide Pod Challenge has become a viral social media sensation.  Teenagers are eating these laundry pods and posting videos of themselves on social media.  They are then daring one another to follow suit. There have been many discussions on how this trend developed, but the Tide pod meme ... Read More!
  • Measles: How To Protect Your Family (1/16/2018) - Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure At Newark Airport Officials: Possible measles exposure reported at O’Hare International Airport Measles is a highly contagious virus and is spread by air through coughing and sneezing.  Measles usually starts with fever, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat.  It is followed by a rash that spreads over the body. ... Read More!
  • Winter Fire Safety (1/9/2018) -   By: Megan Hays, MSN, CPNP. Peconic Pediatrics (Riverhead & Southold, NY) December, January and February are the most common three months of the year for home fires. With this in mind, we have created a quick quiz to test your knowledge of important fire safety topics.  See below for answers and helpful resources to further ... Read More!
  • Health safety checklist for the holidays (12/19/2017) - By: Megan Hays, NP (Peconic Pediatrics, Riverhead & Southold, New York)  Tis’ the season … to make a pediatric health safety checklist – and check it twice! The holiday season provides families with the perfect opportunity to visit or host friends and family, to provide children with new toys, and to feast and celebrate together. The ... Read More!
  • Healthy Holiday Harvest: Enjoying the Turkey Day Splurge in the Healthiest Way! (11/17/2017) - By: Erica Singer, PA. Nutrition & Wellness- Allied Physicians Group (http://nutrition.alliedphysiciansgroup.com) One of the most difficult times of the year for those trying to stay healthy is the fall and winter holiday season. While the holidays are meant to be a time to get together with family and friends, every party and gathering seems to ... Read More!
  • Halloween Safety Tips (10/26/2017) - By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, NY) Halloween is almost here. We are spending time decorating our homes, schools and offices. We are planning parties for our kids as well as for parents. We are putting the finishing touches on our homes and costumes for both adults and kids. Its time then to ... Read More!
  • Time to assess for asthma. (9/26/2017) - By: Robyn Kreiner M.D. and Raphael Strauss, M.D., Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Commack & Westbury, NY) Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways of the lung. Symptoms are cough, shortness of breath and/or wheezing.  Note that a chronic or recurrent cough can be a symptom of asthma. Asthma can be a chronic or intermittent ... Read More!
  • The time to start quitting is now! (8/17/2017) - By: Dr. Ralph Strauss, Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Commack & Westbury, NY) The time to start quitting is now! Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.A.    Half of people who smoke will die from it. What if I am not ready to quit yet? Smoking is a potentially fatal disease- ... Read More!
  • 2017 Solar Eclipse: How to enjoy while keeping your family safe (8/15/2017) - By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics (Whiteplains, NY) The Solar eclipse, August 21, is a rare occurrence in the continental United States. Use this opportunity to stimulate your child’s interest in science while creating a bonding experience you will talk about for years. Just make sure to take the proper safety precautions (described below) to ... Read More!
  • World Breastfeeding Week (7/31/2017) - By: Dr. Lauren G. Macaluso, Breastfeeding Medicine (New Hyde Park, NY) Happy World Breastfeeding Week! This is the 25th World Breastfeeding Week coordinated by WABA, the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action. WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, prevention and support of breastfeeding worldwide. Each year World Breastfeeding Week ... Read More!
  • Herpes and your baby (7/20/2017) - By: Dr. Karen Lidoshore- Fuld, Pediatric Health Associates (Plainview, NY) Many of you have seen or heard about the recent death of an 18 day old baby girl following infection with Herpes Simplex Virus from a kiss.  It is important for us to remember that this type of transmission to a newborn and extent of ... Read More!
  • Meningitis: What Parents Need To Know (7/14/2017) - The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a camper at an overnight  camp passed away from a Neisseria Meningitidis infection. The Health Department is directly involved and has contacted anyone who should receive prophylactic antibiotic due to increased risk from direct contact. The Health Department is very involved and we recommend following their recommendation. The incubation period ... Read More!
  • Summer is here and it’s time to go swimming (6/23/2017) - Summer is here and it’s time to go swimming. Recently there have been multiple news reports of children dying days to weeks after swimming with seemingly no symptoms and their death is attributed to “dry drowning”. Unfortunately most of these reports contain significant amounts of misinformation and have caused unnecessary concern and confusion. In order ... Read More!
  • Ticks and Lyme: What you need to know for your kids (6/8/2017) - Ticks and Lyme:  What you need to know for your kids By: Jennifer Shaer, M.D., Eric Levene, M.D., Kerry Fierstein, M.D.   There has been a lot in the news recently about ticks and tick-borne infections, particularly Lyme disease.  The CDC has warned that this summer ticks will be at an all time high.  So what can ... Read More!
  • 13 Ways to Combat Teen Depression (5/15/2017) -   Update: Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why returns, May 18th. It picks up in the aftermath of the Hannah Baker’s death. In this season the other characters start their journeys toward healing and recovery. However, a series of ominous Polaroids lead the characters to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it ... Read More!
  • The Vaccine Imperative (5/15/2017) - This week’s story of a boy on Long Island with bacterial meningitis who required ICU care brought out raw emotions in all of us. We can’t help but empathize with the family, and think “what if this was my child?” The important take-away message is that certain infections are very serious and prevention is the best ... Read More!