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 posted a story about Orthopedics:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stronger muscles seems to mean healthier bones in children, according to a new study.

    "Bone strength and size is important because they are significant factors in long-term osteoporosis and fracture risk," said lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Moon,...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The California measles outbreak that began last December at two Disney parks was officially declared over Friday by state health officials.

    A total of 131 people in California were diagnosed with measles during the outbreak, according to the sta...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating healthy foods while you're breast-feeding will help you and your baby get the nutrients both of you need, experts say.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds new mothers that breast-feeding provides many health bene...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The death from encephalitis of a 6-year-old Tennessee boy has led researchers to a better understanding of the mosquito-borne virus that killed the child.

    La Crosse virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, often causes no symptoms....Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The thin air of America's higher-elevation regions may reduce the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests.

    Researchers reported that the occurrence of ADHD decreases substantially as altitude increases. For e...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teen boys who have been a victim of sexual assault are likelier to attempt suicide, a new study says.

    University at Buffalo researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 American teens, aged 14 to 18, who took part in surveys in 2009 and 2011.<...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A measles outbreak that began last December at two Disney parks in California will officially be over if no new cases are reported by Friday, state health officials said.

    According to the California Department of Public Health, a total of 134 ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While many teenagers try electronic cigarettes, few become regular users, according to a new study.

    The research included more than 10,000 children from Wales who were asked about their use of e-cigarettes. About 1,600 children were between th...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Adolescent Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study identifies factors that increase teens' risk of using hashish, a more powerful cousin of marijuana.

    "Nearly one out of 10 teens reported ever using hashish and it was used by a quarter of lifetime marijuana users," Joseph Palamar, ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Psychiatry:

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are tuned in to what others want, think and feel are more popular in school than those who aren't as good at understanding others, a new review indicates.

    "Our study suggests that understanding others' mental perspectives may faci...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delays in diagnosing and treating autism often occur when doctors ignore parents' concerns about their child's early development, a new study suggests.

    A team led by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman, of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland,...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who avoid doing homework and don't care about getting A's may have inherited their indifference toward school from their parents, new research suggests.

    As much as half of a child's motivation to learn -- or lack of motivation -- may be driv...Full Article

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    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States, and more than 1,600 children die each year from abuse or neglect, an expert says.

    Child abuse survivors can suffer long-term physical, emotional and...Full Article

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    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds.

    These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, includ...Full Article

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    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing actors drink alcohol in movies seems to increase the likelihood that teens will drink and have alcohol-related problems, a new study suggests.

    The findings fit with a growing consensus of evidence that teens are more likely to engage in va...Full Article