June 21st, 2017

  Last year on The PediaBlog, we noted the following encouraging trends in teen behavior, even using the words “responsible” and “teenagers” in the same sentence: Tobacco and alcohol use. Both at historic low levels. (Smoking tobacco remains the leading...

June 16th, 2017

  A group of American and Russian researchers asked 4,000 U.S. seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents about lying and alcohol consumption. Not surprisingly, families in which parent-child trust was lacking or absent had greater tendencies for teenagers to lie...

June 8th, 2017

A large and important study published this week in Translational Psychiatry sheds some new light on a concerning and distressing disorder seen frequently in pediatric practice: teen depression. It’s been known for many years that more adult women suffer from depression...

May 19th, 2017

These days I suspect most of us will take good news anywhere we can find it. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report a positive development for teen health: During 1991–2007, the prevalence of...

March 24th, 2017

Last April, Dr. Sarah Kohl (Chartiers/McMurray Division) wrote that we were at the center of an epidemic: Fact: Pennsylvania is one of the top states for deaths due to heroin overdoses. Addiction to narcotics cuts across all walks of life...

March 23rd, 2017

If you follow the news these days, you may have missed a largely preventable, tragic, and ongoing public health crisis in our country: the opiate/opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths in the United...

December 27th, 2016

A day in the life of the City of Pittsburgh on December 15, 2016, as reported yesterday by Rich Lord in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Four emergency responses to overdoses from opioids in Pittsburgh; four more in the adjacent, but much smaller city of...

October 27th, 2016

Unfortunately, what Molly Walker is saying makes sense: Young children who had an absent parent by the time they were 7 years old were linked with increased risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years, data from...

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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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