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Echocardiography Use in Pediatric Heart Patients

With the rapid advance-ment of cardiovascular imaging technologies, it is important for physicians to understand how best to incorporate these options into clinical care and how to choose between imaging modalities. Recently, the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and other expert societies released the first appropriate use criteria (AUC) for suspected heart disease in pediatric patients.…

My War with the Anti-Vaxxers

"For me, vaccines are not a belief system as it seems it has become for many, but rather a life-saving weapon in our fight to save children’s lives. "

Teens With HIV: A Look at Treatment Trends

In recent years, the incidence of HIV infection has decreased for most age groups. Study results have shown that presenting to care earlier in the disease course can limit immune deterioration and HIV transmission. The CDC recommends that all people aged 13 and older be tested for HIV, a recommendation that appears to have made an impact on testing rates.…

Enhancing Quality in the Pediatric Cath Lab

According to published estimates, about one in 110 babies in the United States is born with congenital heart disease. On the surface, the incidence of the disease is relatively low, but the consequences can be profound. New, rapidly evolving interventional treatments are extending lives and enhancing the quality of life for children living with congenital heart disease.…

Standards for Child Surgical Care

Studies indicate that newborns and children who undergo surgery in environments with pediatric expert resources have better outcomes, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays when compared with those cared for at non-specialized centers. “Millions of children undergo surgery in the United States each year, but some of these patients receive surgical care in environments that are not matched to their needs,” says Keith T.…

Pediatric GERD Procedures

Clinicians often have difficulty diagnosing GERD and discriminating it from physiologic regurgitation, especially in the pediatric population. “Childhood GERD is diagnosed commonly by clinical evaluation and often without the use of objective measures,” explains Cabrini LaRiviere, MD, MPH. A GERD diagnosis may remain, especially in young infants, until symptoms wane as part of the natural history of regurgitation or until an objective test disproves the presence of the disease.…


My War with the Anti-Vaxxers

"For me, vaccines are not a belief system as it seems it has become for many, but rather a life-saving weapon in our fight to save children’s lives. "

More Docs Denying Sales Rep Access

A new report from the global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates indicates that—despite signs of leveling off—pharmaceutical sales rep access to physicians continues to steadily decline. Data on more than 240,00 prescribers showed that only 51% of  physicians/prescribers allow access to sales reps in 2014, down from 55% in 2013, from 65% in 2012, and 78% in 2009.…

The Unhealthy Habits Kids Take Into Adulthood

Meet Jim—the character in this Rewind the Future video—he is a man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, unhealthy habits and all. The choices you teach your child today become the habits they take into their adulthood.

Would you show this video to your patients or your patients’ parents?…

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