Dr. 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 Oncology:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the U.S. National Institutes of Health are questioning the validity of a widely reported study in rats that linked cellphone radiation to tumors.

    The study, released Friday by the federal government's National Toxicology Program (NTP), f...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you head to the grocery store to select your steaks for grilling this Memorial Day weekend, you might notice a new safety label on the package.

    This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a new rule stating that mechanically tenderiz...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pathology:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to shed light on how the Zika virus infects, but doesn't kill, placenta cells.

    The mosquito-borne virus can cause severe birth defects in babies whose mothers are exposed to Zika during pregnancy, but scientists don't know exactl...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. researchers have identified the nation's first patient with an infection resistant to all existing antibiotics.

    Scientists have warned for years the day could come when "superbugs" resisted all last-resort antibiotics. This new case, involvin...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Dermatology:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated "Don't Fry Day" by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, to remind Americans about the importance of sun safety.

    "As we move into spring and summer, many Americans will start spending mor...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions.

    "Here's what we do know. Cookin...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Pulmonology:

    FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes.

    However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically,...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are health officials in the United States overreacting to the threat posed by the Zika virus this summer?

    Some leading insect and infectious-diseases experts think so, arguing that the mosquito-borne virus is unlikely to become a widespread hazar...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's new hope for children stricken by mysterious developmental delays, with a new study showing that extensive genetic analysis may help determine the cause of their disability.

    Canadian researchers found a precise genetic cause for seven ou...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds.

    The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and with...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hepatology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests.

    Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added.

    Adults with hepatiti...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Moving to a new home may harm young children's school performance, a study suggests.

    Youngsters who get uprooted are also more likely to have developmental problems, the researchers found. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect re...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neuro-Ophthalmology:

    WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New eye problems in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers.

    The virus is known to cause microcephaly, in which infants are born with a smaller-than-normal head and brain.

    And previous research ha...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Family Medicine:

    TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can't seem to get your twenty-something kid to leave the family home?

    You're not alone: A new study finds that more young U.S. adults now live with their parents than with a spouse or romantic partner.

    It's the first time in more than 13...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nephrology:

    TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests.

    "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk,"...Full Article