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Decriminalizing Marijuana: Assessing Unintentional Pediatric Exposure

A study has found that the rate of unintentional pediatric exposures increased in states that have passed marijuana legislation. Ongoing surveillance is crucial in assessing the marijuana industry’s effect on children and evaluating prevention efforts.

Reducing Pediatric Drug Errors in Rural EDs

Telemedicine consultations from pediatric specialists appear to reduce the number of medication errors in rural EDs, according to new data. The findings further support using telemedicine consultations to improve quality of care.

Battling Severe Obesity in Children & Adolescents

With children and adolescents increasingly becoming severely obese, experts are calling for innovative approaches to treatment. The goal is to bridge the gaps between healthy lifestyles, medications, and surgery.


Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Youths

Researchers found that race and ethnicity as well as clinical factors play important roles in treatment of diabetes in youths.

Magnet Ingestion and Emergency Care

Studies have documented an increase in the number of magnet-related injuries in children involving the alimentary and respiratory tracts as well as the nasal, ear, and genital areas. Ingesting multiple magnets or magnets together with metal objects can severely damage intestinal walls to the point that emergency surgery may be necessary.…

Child Passenger Safety Resources in EDs

Each year in the United States, more than 130,000 children younger than age 13 are treated in EDs after motor vehicle collisions (MVCs). MVCs are a leading cause of death in U.S. children, in part because child passengers continue to be inappropriately restrained.…


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?…

First Comprehensive Guidelines for Pediatric Concussion

The first comprehensive pediatric concussion guidelines were launched by pediatric emergency medicine researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. The guidelines provide healthcare providers with evidence-based recommendations to standardize the diagnosis and management of concussion in children aged 5 to 18 years old, from the initial assessment through to the period of recovery, which can last months.…


Bullying & Pediatric ED Visits

Among patients aged 8 to 19 presenting to the ED with behavioral symptoms, the prevalence of bullying appears to be substantial. A team of New York investigators found that 24.0% of patients with behavioral issues reported bullying, with boys reporting such issues more often than girls.…

Reducing Bacteremia in Critically Ill Children

The incidence of bacteremia appears to be lower among critically ill children who receive daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing when compared with those who receive standard bathing. An analysis of nearly 5,000 pediatric ICU admissions demonstrated that the incidence of bacteremia was lower with CHG when compared with standard practices in both intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses.…

Trends in Inpatient Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents

The rate of inpatient bariatric procedures among adolescents appears to have plateaued since 2003, despite the worsening childhood obesity epidemic. The rate of these procedures per 100,000 increased from 0.8 in 2000 to 2.3 in 2003, but was 2.2 in 2006 and 2.4 in 2009.…

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