Dr. William Singer

Pediatric Neurology
Wellesley Hills, MA
53 years experience male

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Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tell us about your background, specialties, interests...Practicing Pediatric Neurology for 38 years. Have been on medical school faculties - Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. My practice emphasizes cognitive and behavioral Neurology, including ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Headaches and stress related disorders, in addition to the range of pediatric neurology referrals. I have been working with the Brain Injury Association of America and the North American Brain Injury Society since 1986. I have a special interest in children and adolescents with Traumatic Brain Injury, especially sports concussions.

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Pediatric Neurology

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English

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Syphilitic meningiti: Long term problems include alterations of personality and dementia.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Get help: Do not be ashamed. ADHD is a medical condition. there is no moral issue. Speak to your physician for a referral to a neurologist or psychiatrist wh... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
As soon as necessary: You can be instructed about infusion at any time on models but actual teaching will occur the first time she will need infusion, when you will be invo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Several families: Prophylactic medications include Tricyclic antidepressants, most commonly amitriptyline Anticonvulsants such as Topiramate and Depakote Beta blockers ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Many different types: There are many different types of seizures that occur in babys. speak to your pediatrician about your concerns.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: West nile encephalitis is spread through bites of mospuito carrying the virus..
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: Swine flu is a variant of the flu, like others, can be very contageous.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Epstein-barr virus: Yes, epstein barr virus can cause a direct infection of the brain (encephalitis). Symptoms include headache, sensitivity to light, stiffness of the ne... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Desire to socialize: The main difference is that people with Aspergers disorder express an interest in socializing and having friends but do not have the pragmatic skills ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
None reliable: there are no 'natural remidies' that have shown by double blind controlled studies to be comparable to stimulant medications.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Plumbism: To treat lead poisoning methods include removing the source of lead or removing the person from the lead containing environment. Chelating agents ar... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Not if already born: PVL is a condition resulting from low blood flow to t he brain during pregnancy and after premature delivery. If the child has been born and has PVL,... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is 20 times more common than the general population. There is an abnormality in a protein PRC-2 which contributes to the... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No one best: There is no one best medication. Among the most common are stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and amphetamines (dexroamphetamine... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Memory aid: Citicoline is a naturally occurring substance usually used to treat memory disorders in Alzheimer disease and Parkingsons disease. The COBRIT study l... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Not ADHD: If stimulant medication does not correct the symptoms of ADHD or makes them worse, you probably do not have ADHD. You have another disorder of attent... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Motor handicap: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that results from brain damage that occurs during the pregnancy or delivery. It is characterized by an abnormality... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Localized deficits: A brain AVM is a connection of arteries directly to veins, without going through capilaries. When the flow increases it can produce a 'steal' effect b... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
None proven effectiv: There are no homeopathic substances that have been proven beneficial in cases of autism by double blind controlled studies.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Nothing significant: Naltrexone has been reported to improve some children with autism, but there is no double blind controlled study comparing it with placebo that suppor... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: Concern about alcohol intake during pregnancy is a great concern. But the great majority of children whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy do ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: Peripheral neuropathy is very uncommon. It occurs in about 1/10th of 1 percent of those taking prozac (fluoxetine).
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: In the academic realm, medications are used to treat ADHD. there are no medications that are commonly used to treat learning disabilities. There is ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Small fontannelle: The size of the fontanelle changes as a child goes throughout the first 12-18 months. The small size of the fontanelle is not significant if the head... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Start consultation: Start with youi primary care doctor. there are many things that can cause symptoms of ADHD in adults. If nothing is noted, have neuropsychological t... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Diagnose first: The first thing to do is have her evaluated by a behavioral psychologist or psychiatrist. there may be treatment alternatives that can successfully ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: most children with Asperger's disorder are not violent.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Carbon monoxide: Speak to your supervisor. Testing for the environment for carbon monoxide levels is relatively simple and could be affecting other. Carbon monoxide ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Support groups: Support groups include Easter Seals, United cerebral palsy, Muscular dystrophy Association. Your doctor should be able to direct you to a wider varie... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: doctors will make the diagnosis of cerebral palsy based on clinical signs including spasticity, hyperactive reflexes, limitation of passive movement a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: Bdd may mainfest as bulemia, purging, execessive exercising, excessive or restrictive dieting, without wanting plastic surgery.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Routine testing: Children are routinely tested for lead levels by their pediatrician. If there is a concern about exposure, as when an old house is being rehabbed, wh... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: If this is happening you should speak to your prescriber about alternatives.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No evidence: At this time much research is going on to find a genetic link to bronchopulmonary dysplasia. However, to date, no link has been found.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes but not drunk: If your seizures are under control, it is probably OK to drink alcohol. Getting drunk will put you in danger of lowering your seizure threshold and c... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Counseling: I recommend you and your husband enter couples counseling to address your concerns and better understand your husband's feelings.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: If he is going to college, camp, the armed services or any other group setting, he is in a high risk group and should have a booster.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Measure csf pressure: The only approach that I can consider is to measure the cerebral spinal fluid pressure in consideration of pseudotumor cerebri.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: When an ear infection clears, steirile fluid may remain. Speak to your doctor to determine if you are experiencing serious otitis media which might b... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Not cure, treatment: there is no cure for myoclonic epilepsy, but there are anticonvulsants that may be able to control it.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: The extent of learning problems resulting from meningitis awaits the child being old enough to meet specific demands in school, such as developing rea... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No: kernicterus is a brain injury resulting from excessive bilirubin levels in neonates. It causes brain injury since bilirubin in such quantities is a p... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: Learning abilities can cause a great deal of stress and frustration. They make school and work difficulty. If a person begins to experience anxiety ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Yes: A traumatic brain injury that injures the pituitary gland may interfere with the release of growth hormone and cause short stature.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Up to one year: It can take up to one year or more to recover
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Not necessarily: Tics and motor incoordination are generally not related. the two may coexist. However there are motor disorders that may present with tic like movem... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
No brain crowding: I presume the reason for not wanting to operate is that the cerebellar tonsils protruding through the foramen magnum were not crowded and under pressu... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Speak to your doctor: 18 months is considered the extreme of average for walking. Speak to your pediatrician about your concerns. Is she pulling to a stand and cruising h... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Same as adults: The causes of headaches in children is the same as adults. The source of stress is generally around school and social issues. Migraine is a common ch... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 53 years experience
Developmental stage: Babies will begin to pull them to a stand at about 9 -12 months. If you want to encourage standing, put colorful objects and things you baby likes on... Read More
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KnowledgeableN, helpful and clear responses. Thank you for answering the immunization question that continues to surprisingly generate debate!
Apr 22, 2015
I enjoy and learn a great deal from Dr. Singer's answers. A real asset to HealthTap!
Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, Doctor. "Maybe" is the most common answer I get and, given that two neurologists have ruled out ALS, Parkinsons, etc. that will have to do!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have 2nd opinion on 6/11 but this doc has me feeling like nothing is wrong. Thank you. Not just headaches, screaming and stabbing. NS f/u 1 year.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! As a stage 3 BC survivor, reading that she has lumps both in her breast and axilla had me very concerned. I hope whatever she has, it is benign.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, NY
Graduated 1970MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Top Child Neurologist, First Place, National - Summer
2013
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