November 20th, 2017

  Short sleep duration in adults is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period.” The map above shows the national prevalence of short sleep duration by county —...

September 28th, 2017

  23 years have passed since the American Academy of Pediatrics began urging parents to place their babies supine (on their back) to sleep. This “Back to Sleep” effort to decrease the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was...

June 14th, 2017

Last November, we reviewed the A,B,Cs of safe infant sleep environments (Alone, on the Back, in a Crib) and considered new guidelines in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ updated policy statement on protecting babies from SIDS and other sleep-related deaths:...

May 25th, 2017

  A recent study illuminates the importance of adequate sleep quality and duration in preschool children’s daily life functions. Dennis Thompson reviewed the study which involved more than a thousand children: Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more...

March 20th, 2017

Last week, we discovered an important difference between humans and one particular pachyderm: Elephants don’t need very much sleep. We also explored the many reasons why we do. Good sleep habits are instilled very early in life and parents have a critical role...

March 17th, 2017

  Today is World Sleep Day, an annual event “intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.” We learned yesterday that elephants function...

January 31st, 2017

There is seldom a role for home cardiorespiratory or oxygen monitors. Even in newborns and young infants who are discharged home from neonatal intensive care units for a variety of serious conditions, including apnea and bradycardia of prematurity which resolves in...

November 3rd, 2016

  Yesterday we reviewed the American Academy of Pediatrics’ newly updated policy statement, “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.” Practically all the suggested guidelines were familiar to parents and pediatricians alike, including...

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    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 



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