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By contactus@napeds.com
September 27, 2017
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Did you know, about 75% of teens own a smartphone, and a similar number use at least one social media site regularly? Probably not a surprise to many of you. Even so, we're still just beginning to discover all of the risk and benefits associated with smartphone, and social media use, and the impact it has on our everyday health. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics identified smartphones and media use as an important issue affecting children’s health, and released a statement with media use guidelines last November. Some recommendations:

-Create a family media use plan. This is one of the more important recommendations, since it is a tool that parents can use to start the conversation about limits and expectations for media use in your family

-Don’t use your smartphone before bed, during family meals, or during homework, and don’t sleep with your phone!

-Have regular conversations about online citizenship and online safety.

Many parents and teens may have seen the article in last month’s Atlantic about teens and smartphone use. While the article’s title seems to sound an alarm, (here’s one parent’s response), it’s useful as a jumping off point for conversations with your teen. The article discusses some research about how smartphone and social media use have been associated with increasing rates of depression and feelings of loneliness.  

In addition to health concerns, take a look at this recent New York Times article about how technology has affected teenage romance.

Internet use, screen time, and social media activity all impact our children's health (and parent's health too!) - talk to us about it next time you're in for your physical (Or, put your smartphone to good use and get signed up for our patient portal!)

By contactus@napeds.com
September 13, 2017
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We are very excited to announce that we have switched over to a new electronic medical records system through Epic, starting September 12th. We really believe that this new system will give us a lot more power to help communicate with you and to help you care for your children. We hope to have everyone using the new patient portal, called MyChart, to e-mail us, to fill out forms and questionnaires prior to visits, to download school forms and immunization records, and to get access to loads of health education.

Once you get your activation code from us (either in-person, or by calling 413-584-8700) head to https://mychart.chppoc.org/nap to get started. (Please be patient, though -- we're still working on getting all of the information loaded into the new system.) If you're really eager, you can download the MyChart Epic mobile app from the app store, then select Massachusetts, and PPOC - you'll be able to log on once you have a username and password.

If that's too much, don't worry! We'll still be available to you by phone, and our office hours aren't changing -- we'll still be open for you seven days a week.

Thanks for your patience with us as we get used to this new system. We think it will be worth it.

By contactus@napeds.com
June 12, 2017
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To our Cigna LocalPlus Plan members:
Effective January 1st, 2018, Cigna LocalPlus will no longer be available in the Massachusetts healthcare market.   The LocalPlus Plan is a limited network and as of 1/1/2018, Northampton Area Pediatrics will be considered out of network.  If you continue your coverage with Cigna LocalPlus beyond January 1, 2018, you will need to choose a new health care professional to continue receiving in-network benefits for covered services.  If you have any questions, please contact our billing department at 413-584-8700.

By contactus@napeds.com
June 06, 2017
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death in school-age children, and it is preventable.
 
By now, you have likely heard about the Netflix series '13 Reasons Why', a fictional story about a teenager that commits suicide, and the factors that lead up to it. The series has raised a lot of discussion recently with schools, parents, teens, and suicide prevention experts. If you have a teen and you haven't heard of '13 Reasons Why' it's worth finding out more about it. (Boston Globe story here)
 
The JED Foundation website has published a good post on some things to think about if you watch this series, and you can also find additional resources for suicide prevention at the NASP website. 
 
If you or your child is in immediate need of help, call Crisis at 413-586-5555 (Hampshire County)  413-774-5411 (Franklin County) or 800-437-5922 (Hampden County). It's even better to have the number in your phone -- a crisis is not often expected.
 
Another option: Text 'HOME' to the Crisis Text Line (www.crisistextline.org) at 741741 for immediate text based counseling support​, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
 
As always, NAP is available with support and resources for your children's physical and mental health. Call or e-mail us (contactus@napeds.com) if you have questions or comments.
By contactus@napeds.com
February 10, 2017
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We have more information to share with you about vaccines:

1. First, we continue to see outbreaks of preventable illness across the country, including a current mumps outbreak in Washington state. We continue to stand strongly behind the importance of vaccines to help protect your children. Read this article, from the father of a child with autism, about the importance of getting vaccinated --

2. The CDC recently released their updated 2017 vaccine recommendations. One major change: Teenagers who receive the HPV vaccine before they turn 15 years old will only need TWO vaccines to complete the series, not three. Teens who wait until after age 15 will still need three shots to be fully immunized. February is Cancer Prevention month, and this vaccine is one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer.

3. We are in the middle of influenza season, and it is NOT too late to get your flu vaccine and get protected. Remember that the nasal vaccine is no longer recommended, but we still strongly recommend the injectable flu vaccine for all children to reduce their risk of influenza. Contact us at 413-584-8700 to schedule your flu vaccine.

 





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