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The Doctor Is In

Keeping Chicago Parent families healthier...one podcast at a time.

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This is Chicago Parent's monthly audio podcast with Dr. Lisa Thornton, a member of the magazine's medical advisory who has more than 15 years of treating children with disabilities. Currently, Dr. Thornton is the medical director of Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation for Kids Rehab, a joint program between Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and LaRabida Children's Hospital.  She is assistant professor at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Thornton has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," the ABC News Now webcast "Healthy Life," and is the co-host and medical consultant of Lifetime TV's weekly magazine show, "Health Corner,"  now entering its fifth season.

Dr. Thornton received her undergraduate degree at Fisk University, received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed pediatric specialty training at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Podcast | The 5 things every parent can do for a healthy child


Posted Sep 9, 2010 4:32 PM

All parents want (besides a decent night's sleep) is for their child to be healthy. And with today's constant stream of health information, it's easy to get lost in the noise. Dr. Lisa Thornton weighs in with the five things every parent should know. Consider it a cheat sheet for the most important job you'll ever have.
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Podcast | What you need to know about early puberty


Posted Jun 2, 2010 2:36 PM

What if your child hit puberty at age 6? 5? Early puberty, also sometimes called precocious puberty, isn't usually medically a cause for concern, it can bring a host of social problems.
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Body Mass Index and your child's health


Posted Jan 14, 2010 5:18 PM

Body Mass Index is a crucial indicator of how healthy your child's weight is. But it's not always easy to make sense of. Dr. Lisa Thornton goes over a basic BMI chart and tells you what to watch for as your child grows.
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News Update: Blind cords kill 12 children each year


Posted Nov 13, 2009 10:16 AM

A piece this morning in The Baltimore Sun highlights Dr. Thornton's warnings about window blind cords.
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Podcast | Household hazards hidden in plain sight


Posted Nov 11, 2009 2:28 PM

In the inaugural edition of her monthly audio podcast, Dr. Lisa Thornton exposes some uncommon household hazards -- and how to minimize danger.
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