May 30th, 2017

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition recommends that parents avoid giving their infants fruit juices for the first year of life. Juices have a high sugar content while lacking the fiber that whole fruit...

February 16th, 2017

Yesterday, we were brought along on a thought experiment conducted by pediatric endocrinologist and professor, Robert H. Lustig, M.D. After reviewing the characteristics that define “processed food” and considering its nutritional properties, it’s time to see whether the study’s hypothesis...

February 14th, 2017

Michael I. Goran and Emily Ventura cite recent pediatric research to make the argument that “secondhand sugar” exposure prenatally and during lactation is dangerous to children’s health: If you saw a pregnant woman smoking, you would undoubtedly be concerned about...

January 18th, 2017

  Americans drink a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages, as we’ve discussed before on The PediaBlog. Recently, researchers looked into the shopping carts of consumers who utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and found lots of sugar in the form of...

August 31st, 2016

  Regular readers of The PediaBlog recognize sugar as the principle villain in the overweight/obesity epidemic happening in the United States and abroad. Sugar is also the chief culprit contributing to pediatric tooth decay. In fact, some researchers go so far as to...

August 24th, 2016

  Sports drinks have become ubiquitous beverage options for people of all ages over the last couple of decades. Originally designed for the elite athlete market, sports drinks, alongside of sodas, have become big business, according to Casey Siedenberg: Powerade and...

April 7th, 2016

  One way to protect baby teeth (see yesterday’s post, “Taking Care of Baby Teeth”) and the adult teeth that follow is to offer children more water to drink, and less sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and juice. But there...

February 24th, 2016

  A generation ago, kids got their caffeine fix from the usual suspects: sodas and chocolate. Now they have easy access to additional sources for a quick jolt: high-dose energy drinks and rocking coffee beverages. Pediatrician Francine Pearce is lost in translation with today’s...


    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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