Darshak Sanghavi


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November 14, 2013
It's Likely Back Surgeries Are Done Too Often: Can We Do Better?

The New York Times Magazine
November 3, 2013
The Pharmaceutical Hail Mary
For desperate patients, the pace of clinical drug trials can be lethally slow. But there is a way for them to beat the clock.

October 25, 2013
Social Mobility Memos:How to Make Toddlers Smarter
Talk to Them

September 30, 2013
Ten Questions About Obamacare You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
An easy guide to the new health care law. With a cartoon

September 25, 2013
Disabled American Facing Ruinous Health Care Costs Got No New Answers
Even Where do we go from here?

August 31, 2013
The History of Cardiac Care: Overtreatment or Impressive Gains?

August 28, 2013
Disheartening Medicine
Even U.S. presidents don't always get the best cadiac health care. Where does that leave the rest of us?

August 2013
How Much Do You Know About Kids' Health?
A 20 question test to challenge your parenting IQ, complete with detailed answers

July 17, 2013
Jenny McCarthy on the View: Anti-Vaccine Views Get a Platform

July 11, 2013
Who Has An Abortion After 20 Weeks?
That's right when my patients find out about devastating fetal defects

June 11, 2013
A Simple Test. Newborn Lives Saved. What's the Holdup?

April 2013
Mending Broken Hearts
A primer for parents about how children's heart problems happen and how far we've come in treating them

February 26, 2013
Why Do So Many People Think They Need Gluten-Free Foods?
Some conditions are overdiagnosed, but some are underdiagnosed

February 15, 2013
The Blizzard's Biggest Killer--And How To Prevent It Next Time
The technology to detect carbon monoxide in cars is cheap and coudl save lives. Why isn't it standard?

January 27, 2013

Medical Malpractice: Why Is It So Hard for Doctors to Apologize?
Fixing a system built on blame and revenge will require bold ways of analyzing mista
kes and a radical embrace of openness

December 18, 2012
The Flu Vaccine Controversy
Are drug companies really more dangerous than the flu virus?

November 12, 2012
Not Even Nate Silver Can Decode Helath Care
"Meta-analysis" might work in politics, but doesn't necessarily work in medicine

July 31, 2012
Why Have Teen Pregnancy Rates Dropped?
And the research that points the way forward to drop them even further

July 31, 2012
Genetic Autopsies Can Help Explain Some Sudden Deaths

When children die unexpectedly, medical examiners rarely order DNA tests, even though they may save the lives of living relatives

June 28, 2012
Don't Celebrate Yet
The Supreme Court's decision will make it much harder to extend health insurance to America's poor

April 13, 2012
Are TV and Video Games Making Kids Fat?
The effects of "screen time" on childhood obesity
Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article and take guest calls on Wisconsin Public Radio

January 31, 2012
The Secret of American Health Care
Surprise! It's already socialized

December 13, 2011
Spank No More
Why are fewer parents hitting their kids?
Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article and take guest calls on Wisconsin Public Radio

November 17, 2011
Well: A Mother's Fight for Newborn Hearts
A remarkable lesson about the power of parent advocacy, paired with good science

October 19, 2011
A Womb Without a View
Major birth defects come as a surprise for most parents, but they don't have to

October 2011
Understanding Autism
With a rise in diagnosed cases, when should parents worry about autism in their young kids?

August 20, 2011
Unexpected Life Lessons from Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology

Reflecting on the metaphors of the human heart

The New York Times Magazine
August 7, 2011
The Phantom Menace of Sleep Deprived Doctors
Young doctors are no longer working long, stupor-inducing hours. So why aren’t hospitals any safer?

Podcast gif Hear Dr. Sanghavi's interview about this article on Radio Boston (NPR, 8 mins)

July 14, 2011
My Dog Ate My Prescription

Tiered Medicine: Should slacker patients get special treatment?

June 2011
Could Your Child Have a UTI?
How to identify, treat, and prevent the most common serious bacterial infection in babies

May 7, 2011
The Perils of Excessive Medical Care

How "overdiagnosis" can harm even those who should know better, like heads of state

April 14, 2011
Tiny Nukes

How dangerous are small doses of radiation?

December 14, 2010
Dead Giveaway

Why don't more Americans use their free health insurance?

November 4, 2010
Manic Panic

Why are more and more children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

October 6, 2010
The Doctors Will See You Now

Should you crowdsource your medical problems?

August 19, 2010
Premature Maturity

Are children today really going through puberty earlier?
Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article on Connecticut Public Radio's "Where We Live"

July 15, 2010
Sugar Daddies

The unexpected lesson of the Avandia debacle

June 17, 2010
The Reflex to Treat Reflux

Why do we overmedicate babies for heartburn?

June 12, 2010
How Should We Tell the Stories of
Our Medical Miracles?

How to inspire a new generation of health innovators--without the usual fairy tales.

May 7, 2010
Natural Disasters (repost)

Why do we focus on the least important causes of cancer?

April 29, 2010
Little Bundles of Joy

Why do insurers ignore the most promising way of cutting health costs?

Sunday Outlook
April 25, 2010
The Lonely Lives of Russian Orphans

Russian orphanages offer a time capsule of an institutional approach to child-rearing, which was once popular in America

April 2010

When Your Child Just Can't Go
How to break the painful cycle of your kid's constipation

February 24, 2010
How to Sell Germ Warfare

Can hand sanitizers like Purell really stop people from getting the flu?
Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article on New Hampshire Public Radio's "Word of Mouth"

January 20, 2010
Grand Illusion

Why do we pretend that an insurance mandate will help the health care crisis?

January 15, 2010
Book Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

December 21, 2009
Cooking the Books

The statistical games behind "off-label" prescription drug use

The New York Times Magazine
December 20, 2009

The Last Decision
A new approach to organ donation doesn't require waiting until the donor's brain death. Instead, it poses a difficult question: When does death start?

Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article with Patt Morrison of Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Sunday Book Review
November 29, 2009
Battling the Skeptics
Reviewing Michael Specter's Denialism

November 18, 2009
My Own Private Screening

What watching ESPN could teach us about mammograms

November 9, 2009
Do We Have a Winner?

How to reform the broken medical malpractice system

September 28, 2009
Talk to the Invisible Hand

If a former American president can't be a good health care consumer, can anybody else?

September 2, 2009
The Fix Is In

The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices

August 14, 2009
Color Bind

How to fix racial disparities in medical care

July 22, 2009
Nobody's Normal Anymore

Should we blame overdiagnosis for
rising health costs?

July 15, 2009
Will New Surgeon General Make a Difference?

June 23, 2009
Bringing Down the House

The sobering lessons of health reform
in Massachusetts

May 29, 2009
Sweet Justice

Why Judge Sotomayor's diabetes
shouldn't be ignored

June 2009

Pain-Relief Secrets
Whether your child is getting a shot or having surgery, there are ways to protect her

May 13, 2009
When the Lights Go Out

What can reality TV teach us
about clinical drug trials?

April 9, 2009
Well: Screening Babies for Broken Hearts
A simple method to check babies for heart defects can save lives, but most hospitals don’t do it

March 18, 2009
A Crash Course to Help At-Risk Toddlers

How a child veering from the path of normal development was steadied

March 11, 2009
Drug Dealing

Who should decide when a medication is safe?

February 13, 2009
Pregnant Pause

Who should pay for in vitro fertilization?

February 3, 2009
Dying to Play

Why don't we prevent more sudden deaths in athletes?

December 9, 2008
Plenty of Guidelines, But Where's the Evidence
How reliable are national recommendations for children's medical care?

October 10, 2008
Womb Raider

Do future health problems begin during gestation?

August 26, 2008
Quicker Liquor

Should we lower the legal drinking age?

July 7-8, 2008
Consults: Treating Children for High Cholesterol
Why treating children for high cholesterol often makes little sense
Hear Dr. Sanghavi's discussion with the New York Times' Tara Parker-Pope

Hear Dr. Sanghavi debate this issue with Dr. Jatinder Bhatia of the American Academy of Pediatrics

June 10, 2008
Old Drugs, New Tricks

Why big health advances rarely involve new medicines

May 27, 2008
The High Price of a Medical Miracle

Can we cut health costs without hurting anyone?

May 2008
Three Vitamins that Could Save Your Baby's Life

Surprising vitamin facts many parents' don't know 

April 15, 2008
Natural Disasters

Why do we focus on the least important causes of cancer?

March 12, 2008
Training Daze

Why do doctors fixate on diagnosis, not treatment?

March 2008
Don't Fly Blind With Your Child's Vision

How to prevent nearsightedness in kids 

Stress Less When Struggling With a Child's Cold
How can you help your child's cold? 

March 9, 2008

When Science Meets the Soul
Maria and Jose Azevedo had to choose: allow their baby to die a preventable death or save him while acting against their religion.

February 2008
The Scoop About Your Toddler's Poop

Getting flummoxed by a son's toileting 

January-February 2008
Somewhere Between a Boy and a Girl

What happens when a child's sex isn't clear? 

December 4, 2007
A Growing Debate Over Folic Acid in Flour
AA baffling situation for experts seeking to prevent birth defects

October 30, 2007
Leaving Kids Out in the Cold

The push to ban kids' cold medicines 

October 23, 2007
Pill Popping

Debunking the power of the placebo effect

October 2, 2007
Detecting Doping in Sports

A smarter way to test athletes for steroids

August 21, 2007
Getting the Lead Out

If only it was as easy as recalling the Mattel toys

July 17, 2007
Wrong Number

Is it cost effective to treat the world's poor?

July 3, 2007
Helping My Father Die

What's comfort care to one person can seem like euthanasia to another

May 8, 2007
Plumber's Butt?

The right and wrong way to think about heart attacks
Hear a podcast of this essay from Slate.com

April 10-11, 2007
Debating How Doctors Think

Dr. Sanghavi and Dr. Jerome Groopman of The New Yorker debate how to improve medical care

March 30, 2007
Keeping Cancer Real

With cancer, is there such a thing as false hope?

March 16, 2007
Baby Gap

The surprising truth about America's infant mortality rate

December 5, 2006
Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects
The latest tactic to preserve identity in a globalized society

November 28, 2006
Screen Alert

Why would promising cancer screening tests get more study, not immediate action?

October 17, 2006
Preschool Puberty, and a Search for Causes
Early puberty often occurs in outbreaks, like epidemics of the flu

Hear Dr. Sanghavi discuss this article

September 25, 2006
Treat me?

The crucial health state you've never heard of

September 2006

The Exercise Experiment
A pediatric cardiologist thought his pre-schooler got enough exercise, until he measured


September 17, 2006
Plan B is Almost Here. Time for Our Next Move.
Will the morning-after pill lead to lower abortion rates?

July 23, 2006

The Mother Lode of Pain
Why do some women still embrace a drug-free delivery?

Read a transcript of a web chat with Dr. Sanghavi about this article

April 24, 2006
Help when red tape snarls a patient
Sometimes a phone call to someone who cares can safe a child's life

February 27, 2006
Fainting spell shows medicine's uncertainties
What happens when your doctor can't be sure about your diagnosis?

January 30, 2006
Peanut allergy epidemic may be overstated
Peanut allergies can be dangerous, but are hard to diagnose accurately

January 2, 2006
Young patient kept his focus on living every day
At the end of his life, one teenager made a list

December 5, 2005
Car seats a must for the young
When making car seat laws, most states don't follow the best science

December 4, 2005
The Secret Truth
Despite the evidence, many parents blame vaccines for
causing autism in their children. Why?

November 7, 2005
Rickets sheds light on how racial disparities happen
How good intentions still can result in medical discrimination

October 10, 2005
"Newborn screening" benefits not so clear
What can happen when technology outpaces medical knowledge

September 12, 2005
Teens should abstain from sex, not sex ed
Why are we ignoring the most promising way to reduce teen pregnancy?

July 18, 2005
When in doubt, think like a doctor
How parents should make important medical decisions

June 21, 2005
Teenagers need help to form better sleep habits
How sleep (or lack thereof) affects the health and school performance of teenagers

May 29, 2005
Baby Steps
Contrary to popular belief, medicine advances in small steps instead of giant leaps--
as one famiy's experience with a radical heart procedure in the womb shows.

May 24, 2005
Kids with asthma could breathe easier
Why kids with asthma suffer a great deal more than needed

April 26, 2005
Time to calm down about Ritalin
Contrary to what many people think, the increased use of Ritalin is a good thing

March 29, 2005
Bleary parents crave colic cure
Every few years, a new "cure" for colic comes along.

March 1, 2005
How one doctor learned to accept parents in the ER
Should parents be allowed to watch resuscitations and other procedures?

February 1, 2005
Cord-blood banking only makes sense it it's a shared effort
Why privately banking your newborn's cord blood makes little sense

January 4, 2005
Honesty is the best policy in educating youth about steroids
Why haven't steroid abuse rates changed in over ten years?

December 7, 2004
Immunize your children against health dangers of TV
How the FCC misses the point about what's harmful about media

November 9, 2004
Warning: Yucky parasites are closer than you think
How a simple dare caused a teenage girl's lungs to fill up with worms

October 12, 2004
Doctors must prescribe without all the facts
Was the Vioxx scandal really the result of negligence? Probably not.

September 14, 2004
Though widely used, corporal punishment is an unproven treatment for misbehavior
The scientific case against spanking

August 17, 2004
Fetal test brings jump in Caesareans but little benefit
How a seriously flawed test became widely used

July 20, 2004
Aggressive care not always best for dying children
Why do many children die so painfully?

June 22, 2004
A mainstream doctor finds a place for alternative medicine
When should pediatricians take alternative medicine seriously?

May 25, 2004
Lead may be even more dangerous than we thought
How children have been betrayed by the politics of science

April 27, 2004
Health care system leaves mentally ill kids behind
The fascinating case of a child whom we thought had a heart problem, but didn't

March 30, 2004
Doctors don't always get ear infections right
Should antibiotics be used for ear infections in children?

March 2, 2004
Doctors can't do much to help kids' weight
What can be done to help obese children today?

February 3, 2004
Sure breast is best, but is it worth it?
How far should women go to breast-feed?

January 6, 2004
FDA muffed chance to prevent birth defects
How the FDA could help prevent America’s most common birth defect

December 23, 2003
Prevention, not abortion
Why the morning after pill should be available over-the-counter

December 9, 2003
Flu: a shot worth taking
The real reason children need the flu vaccine

February 2003
Working Mother

(Book excerpt: Map of the Child)
A Baby's First Breath

(Book Excerpt: A Map of the Child)
The Politics of Child Abuse
In 1997, an internationally publicized Boston trial of a nanny suspected of killing a baby took place. Why didn't people believe the doctors who said the nanny was guilty?


October 3, 2013
Huffington Post Live
Here's Why U.S. Health Care is So Expensive
Dr. Sanghavi discusses high health care costs
(click here to see)

September 28, 2012
Fox 25 Boston
Dr. Sanghavi discusses whether children should be screened for life-threatening heart defects
(click here to see)

October 25, 2011
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Dr. Sanghavi discusses HPV vaccination in boys (click here to see)

March 18, 2011
Chronicle HD (WCVB)
The Heart of a Child
In this 30 minute segment of an Emmy-awarded magazine show, Dr. Sanghavi gives detailed, evidence-based advice on how parents can save children from heart problems
(click here to see)

February 16, 2011
Radio Boston
 Organ Donation After Cardiac Death

February 14, 2011
New England Cable News (NECN)
 Dr. Sanghavi talks about energy drinks and kids
(click here to see)

January 5, 2011
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Matt Lauer speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about obesity in babies, and what parents need to know about it (click here to see)

May 20, 2010
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb ask Dr. Sanghavi several parenting questions in their Parenting 101 segment (click here to see)

February 6-7, 2010
Sanjay Gupta, MD (CNN)
CNN's Sanjay Gupta speaks with Dr. Sanghavi and Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic in a two part segment about national health reform (8 mins)
Click Here for Part 1 / Click Here for Part 2

February 3, 2010
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Matt Lauer speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about sudden infant death syndrome and also about teen sex education (click here to see)

January 29, 2010
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Matt Lauer speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about staying healthy in the winter (click here to see)

August 17, 2009
New England Cable News (NECN): Broadside
 Dr. Sanghavi talks about the end-of-life conversation (click here to see)

July 3, 2008
The Today Show (NBC)
The hazards of hot cars (click here to see)

March 2008
iVillage.com Video Series with Dr. Sanghavi
Is it OK to Take My Newborn Outside? (click here)
What Happens At The First Check Up (click here)
How Do I Care for My Baby's Umbilical Cord? (click here)
My Baby Regularly Vomits: Is This Normal? (click here)

March 2008
Parents TV/Comcast on Demand
Vaccine Truths
Dr. Sanghavi dispels common misconceptions about vaccines (click here to see)

March 7, 2008
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Meredith Vieira speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about preventing food allergies in babies  (click here to see)

See related article by Dr. Sanghavi from iVillage.com

February 2008
Parents TV/Comcast on Demand
Dr. Sanghavi explains about fever and infections in infants (click here to see)

October 10, 2007
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Ann Curry speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about cold and flu prevention in kids  (click here to see)

 September 19, 2007
The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti:
Children and Lead
In a feature-length live interview, Dr. Sanghavi discussed the politics and science of lead poisoning in children.

August 15, 2007
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Maria Menounos speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about back to school medical prep (click here to see)

See related article by Dr. Sanghavi at iVillage.com

August 15, 2007
All Things Considered,
The Downside of Hope
Dr. Sanghavi talks about how a particular human emotion made him act irrationally in the face of his father's impending death.

Read a longer version of the story here

August 6, 2007
All Things Considered,
Are Infants Who Sleep in Parents Bed at Risk?
So, is co-sleeping safe? To help clarify the issue, Dr. Sanghavi talks with Michele Norris.

October 25, 2006
The Today Show (NBC)
Childhood obesity (click here to see)

August 17, 2006
The Today Show (NBC)
Today's Lester Holt speaks with Dr. Sanghavi about infant nutrition and obesity (click here to see)

July 12, 2006
All Things Considered
Juggling Lives
Commentator Darshak Sanghavi is a pediatric cardiologist. He has seen firsthand how a heart transplant can miraculously save a child's life. But he'll never forget the first time he watched how this second chance came from another child's tragedy.

April 5, 2005
All Things Considered
On Keeping Bad Medical News from a Child Patient
Darshak Sanghavi is a pediatrician and first-generation American who values honesty. But he remembers a time when he was torn between his conscience and his family culture, which was steeped in old country traditions.

September 14, 2004
All Things Considered
When a Doctor's Patient Is His Father
Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, a physician and writer, has often treated critical illness in children. But when a serious disease strikes his own father, he gets caught between being a son and a physician. He talks about how the doctor's way of dealing with illness -- while sometimes helpful -- also has its limitations, especially when dealing with loved ones.

August 24, 2004
All Things Considered,
A Son's First Breath
Commentator Darshak Sanghavi is a pediatrician and author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body. He remembers the birth of his son a little over a month ago.

December 30, 2003
All Things Considered,
Big Kids, Little Strollers
NPR's Michele Norris talks with Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body, about the trend toward keeping kids in baby strollers past their toddler years. Dr. Sanghavi says it is important for children to get out and feel the freedom of self-movement. But he understands parents' need to restrain a child from running wild in certain environments.

December 9, 2003
NPR On Point with Tom Ashbrook
Flu Fears (click to listen)

March 4, 2003
All Things Considered,
Book: "A Map of the Child"

NPR's Michele Norris talks with pediatrician Darshak Sanghavi about his book, A Map of The Child. It's part guide to the major organs of the body, and part memoir about his experience treating children.