Author: Michael Traister


CIRCUMCISION: The Current Debate

One of the most common questions I am asked by parents adopting a baby boy is "Does my baby need to be circumcised?"

The answer is not easy and evokes a lot of emotion. Last year in San Francisco, there was a proposal to place on the November election ballot a ban on circumcision of males under 18 years of...

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Tuberculosis: Important Screening in International Adoptions

It is important for parents of international adoptees to understand the tests necessary for the proper evaluation of their children upon arrival in the United States. One of the most misunderstood is screening for tuberculosis exposure.

According to the World Health Organization website, approximately 1.7 million people died in 2009 from tuberculosis. Countries with the most cases (in descending order) are...

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The Role of the Pediatrician in the Adoption Process: Before, During and After an Adoption

Starting about 10 years ago, in response to the markedly increased numbers of children being adopted from abroad, a minor sub-specialty emerged in the field of pediatrics, pediatricians interested in adoptions, or "adoption pediatricians." In 2000, The American Academy of Pediatrics recognized this new group, The Section on Adoption and Foster Care. This section of the Academy is "…dedicated to improving the h...

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