Dr. Paul Smolen

Asthma Update 2016 (Pedcast)

 Introduction Ever wonder what asthma is and why so many children have it?  Understanding and treatment of this chronic condition in children has really come a long way in the past few decades and I thought I would bring you some of the latest information I have recently learned about the common condition called asthma. […]

Today’s Nearsighted Generation of Children (Pedcast)

New study says kids need outdoor light to improve their vision As if there aren’t enough reasons to turn off the screens and get your kids outside, here is another big one. We now have proof, from a big study done in China, a study that spanned over a few years, that being outside and […]

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book (Book review Pedcast)

Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 34 years of practice and a lot to say. Thanks for joining me today. I recently came across a gem of a book that I thought you might be interested in sharing with your children. Remember […]

Germ - Antibiotics

Study Urges Caution Giving Antibiotics to Kids (Pedcast)

There is a fascinating new study in Pediatrics April 2015 that raises new questions about a medical tool that has been around for almost 100 year, antibiotics. First discovered in the 1930s, antibiotics have undoubtedly saved millions of lives and have been a great tool for medical science. Until recently, doctors and scientists thought of […]