PWG’s news update for busy families… in the know

Labor Day weekend seems a lifetime ago, hope you are adjusting to the rhythm of school. Some news you may want to know about…

Most women do not have a 28 day menstrual cycle

Published in Nature August 27,2019

Why it’s important: it can be hard to know what is normal vs. not normal when it comes to your periods, and it’s good to know that not having a 28 day cycle is actually more common. This means most women will have periods that seem irregular, skip around a lot, or do any number of different patterns, yet another reason to track them!

A picky eater went blind in the UK

Published in Annals of Internal Medicine September 3, 2019

Why it’s important: seems obvious, but yes you really do need to eat a balanced diet to stay healthy. In this case a 14-year-old suffered extreme health consequences after eating only junk food for 9 years. This may be an extreme case but let is also serve as a reminder that nutrition is important, so eat those veggies!

Technology may not be cause of mental health symptoms in adolescents

Published in Clinical Psychological science journal August 20, 2019

Why it’s important: we’ve unleashed so many ways to interact with technology and a virtual world in recent years without a lot of data about how it effects developing minds. This might take some of the guilt away for parents but serve as ammunition for tweens/teens!

Flu Clinic Dates and Times


We are beginning to receive vaccine shipments for the current influenza vaccine.  We will have drop in flu shot clinics for established PWG patients only, and only while supplies last. We will keep you posted with updates on supplies and clinic times via our website, Facebook page, and Twitter. Our clinic times may change based on vaccine availability, so we recommend checking back regularly for the most current information.

As of September 6th we have the following drop in clinics scheduled:

  • Tuesdays  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – September 25th
  • Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – September 11th – September 18th  (More dates to be added later)
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Here’s what you need to know about our flu vaccine supply:

All our injectable vaccines are quadrivalent [enhanced protection by including more strains], and they are all preservative free.

We have the injectable vaccine for children over 6 months of age.

If you are not sure if your child can receive the flu vaccine, feel free to contact our office at 650.216.7794 for help with those questions.  Let’s all stay healthy this flu season!

PWG’s news update for busy families… in the know

For many of you school has started up again and it’s hard to remember there ever was a summer break! Here are some stories you may have missed in the back to school reentry extravaganza:

Vaping may have killed someone

Published in the Washington Post, CNN, NY Times and the AP on August 23, 2019

Why it’s important: vaping was thought to be much “safer” than smoking which helped accelerate it’s use. Now we know that is not true. 16 states reported 153 cases of vaping-related respiratory illnesses and Illinois reported the first fatality. This is a major reason to quit.

Is your child a digital addict?

Published in the NY Times parenting section, August 6, 2019

Why it’s important: now that school has started again for many of you, there is that familiar struggle between balancing school and screens and life. This piece gives some very helpful tips on how to navigate those parenting minefields.

Playtime is good for parents and kids

Published in Fast Company August 16, 2019

Why it’s important: Lego’s study on the importance of play for a child’s social, cognitive and emotional development has a clear message for parents…free, unstructured play is important to help teach children to be in the lead, and there is no substitute for playing with parents. Time to bring playtime back!

PWG’s news update for busy families… in the know

Hi everyone! For many of you the summer has wound down and back to school has started, here are some good articles that could help you with this transition.

Less screen time and more sleep can help reduce impulsivity at school

Published in Pediatrics August 2019

Why it’s important: seems self-obvious but worth a reminder as we transition from glorious summer to fabulous fall back-to-school. This article sums it up nicely, and these tips from the AAP can help.


Getting enough sleep should be a priority

Published as a news article in the Austin (TX) American-Stateman 8/10/19

Why it’s important: sleep is crucial for all of us, but many of us do not get the sleep we need. It’s easy to slip into vacation sleep habits without the structure of the school year. This article has some great tips that are based on these AAP sleep recommendations. A good day at school depends on a good night’s sleep, so let’s get this slumber party started!


California law requires schools to print National Suicide Prevention Hotline number on student ID cards

Went into effect July 2019

Why it’s important: suicide rates continue to rise in the US, with a significant increase among 15 to 24-year olds.  This law applies to students in 7th through 12 grades in public, private and charter schools, and should provide important information for teens to access mental health resources as this CNN piece explains. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

PWG Phones are down 8/14/19

We are currently having trouble with our phone system. We apologize for the inconvenience.   We are working to get this fixed ASAP.  If you call you will be connected to our answering service, you may leave a message with them and we will return your call once we have phone service.  If this is a medical emergency, Please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

PWG thinks you should know…news that’s good for you

We are looking for information about our health online

The numbers are staggering:  80 percent of Internet users, or about 93 million Americans, have searched for a health-related topic online, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.Jul 16, 2019

But science can move fast, and all that internet browsing can be overwhelming.  How can you recognize a good study and weed it out from the not-so-good ones? What studies have just been published that could impact your family’s health? What is your pediatrician reading? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could just collect all that information and put it in one place instead of having to jump from site to site!

At PWG our doctors do just that…scanning multiple journals to stay current on trends/reports/breakthroughs. We have an internal journal club to discuss medical topics and wanted to extend that idea to all of you. We’re rolling this out as a curated list of articles that we think you should know about. We’re including a brief synopsis and reasons for why we think they’re important, feel free to share or delete as you see fit. Our hope is that they spark curiosity, some conversations, and maybe even a deeper dive into a subject matter that can help you and your family. Thanks and happy reading from all of us at PWG.

Do you really need to get that tongue tie clipped? From a July 11, 2019 study published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Why it’s important: There has been a 10-fold increase in tongue-tie and upper lip tether release surgeries in the US between 1997 (1,279 surgeries) and 2012 (12,406 surgeries) without strong data that shows these are effective for breastfeeding. The study looked at 115 newborns that had referred for tongue tie clipping, after going through a thorough multidisciplinary evaluation 63% did not have the surgeries and did fine. Tongue tie clipping has real potential downsides: pain and infection for the baby, significant out-of-pocket costs for the family. Their conclusion? Frenotomy may help some babies, but a large number could be helped by less invasive methods.

Social media can be hazardous to your (mental) health from a July 15, 2019 study published in JAMA pediatrics

Why it’s important: social media is here to stay, and even though it was created as a way to help foster social connections the news keeps getting grimmer about what unintended consequences it can have.

Bottom line? For every additional hour that a young person spends on social media or watching TV, the severity of depressive symptoms they experience goes up. High levels of computer use or TV watching are also associated with depression, but in this study the key was that an increase in the amount meant an increase in the depression symptoms. There is a growing national conversation about the importance of mental health in all ages, this is yet another reason to “power off”.

Plastic chemicals that replace BPA may not be any safer from a July 25, 2019 study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society

Why it’s important: BPA [bisphenol A] is being phased out because of safety concerns that it is an endocrine disruptor and linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and ADHD. Now we read that proposed substitutes may not be any safer; some have estrogen-like activity and some are still inked to obesity. What can you do to avoid bisphenols? The non-profit Environmental Working Group advises us to: eat fewer processed foods and more fresh ones; choose frozen or dried foods over canned, or foods sold in glass or other alternatives to cans and plastic; avoid hard, clear plastics with the recycling code 7 or marked “PC”; ask for electronic receipts; wash your hands after handling paper receipts.

We advocate for the well being of all children


We just found out about this national vigil sponsored by Lights for Liberty that is happening tomorrow, both Dr. Eileen and Dr. Niki will be at the Redwood City event to support the rights of all children. Please join us, and feel free to share this post.