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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.…

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.

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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.…

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.

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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.…

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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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