Pediatrics

  • Certifications, training to increase addiction medicine specialists

    on March 30th, 2018
    Two new workforce developments aim to increase the number of addiction medicine specialists and provide new training opportunities in the subspecialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently certified its first formal wave of addiction medicine physicians, adding 1,200 specialists[...]
  • Always get culture in symptomatic children with neurogenic bladder

    on March 30th, 2018
    FROM PEDIATRICS In the symptomatic child with neurogenic bladder at risk for urinary tract infection (UTI), urine culture should be performed regardless of the results of urinalysis, recommended Catherine S. Forster, MD , of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and her associates. In a g[...]
  • Protocol helped identify hospitalized children at risk for VTE

    on March 30th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM THSNA 2018 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Following simple institutional care guidelines helped clinicians identify pediatric patients at moderate-to-severe risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), results from a single-center study showed. “Hospital-acquired VTE is on the rise[...]
  • QI initiative reduces antibiotic use in chorioamnionitis-exposed newborns

    on March 29th, 2018
    FROM PEDIATRICS A hospital quality improvement initiative reduced antibiotic use by more than half when well-appearing newborns exposed to chorioamnionitis were initially monitored for symptoms instead of routinely given antibiotics, found a study in Pediatrics . “The reduction in both antibiotic [...]
  • FDA expands indication for blinatumomab in treating ALL

    on March 29th, 2018
    The Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to blinatumomab for treatment of adults and children with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who are in remission but still have minimal residual disease (MRD). This is the first FDA-approved treatment for those with [...]
  • Arm teachers with mental health providers

    on March 28th, 2018
    The gun control bill passed recently in Florida is a promising step forward in helping to protect children from deadly violence in schools. While various attempts to minimize gun violence have been stalled in state legislatures, in some cases for decades, this bill, which includes funding to expand [...]
  • Incredible edibles … Guilty as charged

    on March 28th, 2018
    “We should not consider marijuana ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ given what we already know about the harms to adolescents,”1 Sharon Levy, MD, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse, said in an AAP press release, speaking of the legalization of marijuana in[...]
  • Time to HIV rebound in infants off ART linked to birth health

    on March 28th, 2018
    FROM CROI 2018 BOSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – For infants with HIV infection, baseline immune function and birth health appear to influence viral control after the discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), an analysis of data from the landmark CHER trial shows. Among 183 children diagnos[...]
  • ciTBI uncommon in minor head injuries with isolated vomiting

    on March 28th, 2018
    FROM PEDIATRICS Clinically important traumatic brain injury (ciTBI) is uncommon in children with minor head injuries associated with isolated vomiting, said Meredith L. Borland, MD, of the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia, and her associates. Likewise, traumatic brain injury[...]
  • Insomnia – going beyond sleep hygiene

    on March 28th, 2018
    Difficulties with sleep are prevalent and significant across the developmental spectrum. Not only does poor sleep affect daytime functioning in relation to mood, focus, appetite, and emotional regulation, but ineffective bedtime routines can cause significant distress for youth and caregivers, as we[...]
  • Waning vaccine immunity linked to pertussis resurgence

    on March 28th, 2018
    FROM SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE The resurgence of whooping cough in the United States could be the result of waning pertussis immunity combined with incomplete historical coverage, researchers said. In the March 28, 2018, edition of Science Translational Medicine , researchers reported on a stud[...]
  • Engaging skeptical parents

    on March 27th, 2018
    While every day seems to bring extraordinary new advances in science – robotic surgery, individually targeted medications, and even gene therapy – there are many people who currently approach the science of medicine with skepticism. While it is the right of legally competent adults in a free soc[...]
  • Dr. T. Berry Brazelton was a pioneer of child-centered parenting

    on March 27th, 2018
    You may not realize it, but as you navigated through this morning’s hospital rounds and your busy office schedule, some of what you did and how you did it was the result of the pioneering work of Boston-based pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, MD, who died March 13, 2018, at the age of 99. You proba[...]
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