Gwenn O'Keeffe

Bio

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, M.D., F.A.A.P., pediatrician, author, parenting and social media expert, is CEO of Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company dedicated to providing reliable information to today’s busy families. The popular parenting website Pediatrics Now  and nationally syndicated blog Dr. Gwenn Is In are the cornerstones of Pediatrics Now’s work.

Dr. Gwenn is one of the most highly sought after child health and cyber safety experts seen and heard in the media today, with regular appearances in print, online, radio, TV, and in community and national events as an invited speaker. As a writer and quoted expert, Dr. Gwenn has been featured in USA Today, Reuters, Chicago Sun Times, LiveStrong.org, iVillage, and MomLogic, among others. Her TV work includes appearances on NECN, FoxNews Boston, ABC News, Nancy Grace, and Good Morning America. She has been an invited speaker to a multitude of groups including local parenting groups, book stores, libraries, the AAP, the National Association of Medical Communicators, and the Family Online Safety Institute. Dr. O’Keeffe also contributes material and advice to a myriad of corporate groups including WebMD, Symantec, Yahoo!, and Facebook. 

As a Fellow and National Spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she’s on the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media where she’s represented the AAP at the FTC’s Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing The COPPA Rule (June 2010), authored the AAP’s social media parenting tips, and speaks often to the media on behalf of the AAP about the impact of the digital world on today’s kids.

Dr. Gwenn’s newly released book, CyberSafe (10/1/2010, AAP Publishing), continues her journey to help parents keep their kids safe online. The first of its kind on the market by a media-pediatrician, CyberSafe empower parents to participate with their digital kids and teens by understanding how and why they use the digital world. 

Dr. Gwenn  lives in a Massachusetts with her husband and very digital teenage daughters who have taught her more about the online world of kids than any study ever could.

Specialties:

  • pediatrics

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states.

    Consumers should not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.

    The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds.

    Of more than 330 students in undergraduate and graduate health programs at a public university, 17 percent said they used fake pot at least once in t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development.

    "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in adult studies, have lifelon...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity, a new study finds.

    What isn't clear from the study, however, is whether the sleep issues actually cause obesity, or if some...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children in large U.S. cities live in poverty, a new report finds.

    In 2013, the poverty rate among children in the nation's 71 largest cities was nearly 31 percent, compared with nearly 20 percent for ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Infectious Disease:

    Part two of a two-part series

    TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A nationwide trial of an experimental vaccine using school children as virtual guinea pigs would be unthinkable in the United States today.

    But that's exactly what happened in 1954 when frantic American...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who wound up in the emergency room after falls at home were more likely to have parents who did not use safety gates or teach their kids not to climb onto kitchen counters or furniture, a new study finds.

    In the United States, 1 million ch...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This holiday season, all kids on Santa's list are vulnerable to toys that can pose real health risks, a new report finds.

    There are toys with toxic chemicals, small toys that are choking hazards, toys that are so loud they can damage hearing, and t...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who attend a full-day preschool program are better prepared for elementary school success than children who attend a part-day program, a new study has found.

    Chicago preschoolers who went the whole day rather than a half-day had higher s...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests.

    Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researc...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Santa might think twice about giving kids an all-terrain vehicle this year. Riding ATVs poses high risks of injury or death for children and teens, with dangers differing by age, a new U.S. study warns.

    The biggest risk factors for all ages of chi...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Dermatology:

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of children are being diagnosed with the allergic skin condition eczema -- but it can usually be eased with topical treatments, according to a new report.

    Eczema is a chronic condition that usually starts in childhood, and causes ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More babies are being born at full term, resulting in fewer infant deaths, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

    The death rate among infants dropped 4 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pre...Full Article