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Join the Conversation for National Heatstroke Prevention Day 2015

Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.

Best Practices for mHealth App Development

Learn about the best practice approaches and steps for developing mHealth apps that have the best chance of improving health from Linda Fleisher, PhD, who leads the Digital Health Initiative at CHOP.

What’s Essential for Parent-focused Teen Driving Interventions

Read about what's essential in developing effective parent-focused teen driver interventions in this post from Allison Curry, PhD, MPH. She shares the results of a critical review she and fellow traffic safety researchers performed as part of the Transportation Research Board Young Subcommittee. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

ERs See More Concussion Visits, Order More CT Scans

New CIRP@CHOP brief report describes increase in rates of concussion diagnosis in ERs that correspond to increase in rates of CT scans, which is counter to best practice for neuroimaging.

One Kind Word Training Applied

I recently went through training in One Kind Word alongside my CIRP@CHOP co-workers. At its core, it teaches folks to positively intervene when they see a parent-child conflict in a way that is helpful and supportive to both parent and child. It actually sounds harder than it really is-- as I learned just hours after my training.

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