September is Pain Management Awareness Month

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September is Pain Management Awareness Month. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) established this annual campaign in 2001 to raise awareness through mass media and public forums, and by forming a coalition to increase understanding within the health care community and among families struggling with pain management. Virtual reality headsets are often used to distract… Read more »

Teens Teach Doctors about Cystic Fibrosis through Video

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A new study published in Patient Experience Journal, co-authored by Susan Horky, Laura E. Sherman, and two CMCH team members, Julie Polvinen and Dr. Michael Rich, describes using video narratives to learn about the illness experience of teens with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). According to this study, patients are the experts on living with illness and… Read more »

Be a Health Literacy Hero!

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You may be asking yourself, “What is health literacy, and what in the world is a health literacy hero?” In short, health literacy happens only when a patient (and/or caregiver), and a health care provider truly understand one another; when there are no lingering doubts and no questions left unspoken or unanswered. In reality, there… Read more »

Children’s Food Choices and Media Research

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September is Fruits & Veggies More Matters®. FVMM is a health initiative that aims to help Americans, adults and children alike improve their health by increasing produce consumption. FVMM collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to educate consumers about the health advantages of fruits and vegetables, and to provide tips and tools for… Read more »

Learn More about Obesity and Media Research

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Obesity is a nationwide health concern for which there is no one single cause, nor one simple solution. Instead, there are a myriad of factors affecting childhood obesity, including the accessibility of convenience food in our society, modern eating habits, the increase in leisure time and changes in popular children’s leisure activities, as well as… Read more »

Welcome to the new Research Blog!

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As the end of summer draws near, we are saying goodbye to the old CMCH website and logo, and settling into our new home here at We have a fresh new look that will work across all of your devices, and our content has been updated with even more evidence to support healthy media… Read more »

Effects of Media on Children under the Age of Two

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The effect of media on children under the age of two is a heavily researched topic that delves into the effects of media on the physical, social, and intellectual development of babies and toddlers. Here are some articles that cover this topic:   The effects of music therapy on vital signs, feeding, and sleep in… Read more »

National Safety Month

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June is National Safety Month, which includes the safety of children on the internet. Internet safety is a multi-focal topic, but one of its most well-studied aspects is the phenomenon of internet bullying among pre-teens.  This article addresses the phenomenon and researches the effect of web use on pre-adolescents’ emotional health. Would you like to… Read more »

How can research help you make everyday decisions?

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Dear Readers, I would like to share with you an editorial that I had the opportunity to author for JAMA-Pediatrics this week. I focus on the questions we face about our children’s use of media, which continue to be confusing, sometimes overwhelming, and often leave parents feeling guilty about their choices rather than with the… Read more »