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Prevalence of household gun ownership linked to child gun shot wounds
There are approximately 7,500 child hospitalizations and 500 in-hospital deaths each year due to injuries sustained from guns. In an abstract presented Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers also identified a link between the percentage of homes with guns and the prevalence of child gunshot injuries. (2013-10-27)

Pediatricians are plentiful, but not in poorer states
America's children have many more pediatricians available to treat them today than they did 25 years ago, a new study finds, but the doctors aren't always where the children are. The wealthier the state, the more pediatricians there are for that state's children - and the reverse is true for kids in poorer states. (2004-07-02)

Study sheds light on risk of life-threatening blood clots in hospitalized children
Life-threatening blood clots occur so rarely in children that the condition, known as venous thromboembolism, is often not on pediatricians' mental radar screens -- an absence that can lead to woefully delayed recognition and treatment. (2013-12-12)

Acute stress disorder is common among children and parents following pediatric traffic injury
In 90 percent of families with children injured in a traffic crash, the child or a parent will suffer at least one significant acute stress symptom, according to a study at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. And 25 percent of children and parents experience more pervasive symptoms that warrant clinical attention. Acute stress disorder symptoms include re-experiencing the trauma, avoiding reminders of the trauma, heightened arousal and feelings of dissociation. (2002-06-05)

Partnership between autism experts, pediatricians identifies toddlers at risk for autism
Parents and health care providers can't always tell whether toddlers display signs of autism syndrome disorder, but new research from the University of Utah shows that a significant portion of at-risk children between 14-24 months can be identified through systematic screening by autism experts and providers working together. (2011-06-02)

Media ignore research-based advice that would smooth sibling ties
Two University of Illinois researchers duly note in a new study that welcoming a second child into a family and helping the children establish sibling relationships involves many challenging tasks. Unfortunately, they say, the advice parents are getting falls short. (2001-12-21)

One in 25 middle school children binge drinking
Four percent of Canadians aged 12 to 14 years old had consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion in the preceding year, according to a new study from the University of Toronto. The study was published this week in the journal ISRN Public Health. The findings also indicated that the odds of binge drinking were twice as high among youth with three or more chronic conditions. (2014-05-08)

Newer drugs more effective at curing strep throat than penicillin
Pediatricians treating a child who has strep throat should reconsider the role of penicillin given that a newer class of antibiotics called cephalosporins are three times more effective, according to a study being published in the April issue of Pediatrics. The findings will spark widespread debate becasue they contradict long-established guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization. (2004-04-05)

Chronic care medicine: Physicians say 'help!'
In a national survey of practicing family physicians, pediatricians, internists and surgeons, the majority reported that their training in chronic care medicine was too thin overall to meet the demands of their practices. Specifically, nearly two-thirds felt poorly trained in skills related to the care of chronically ill patients, including the management of geriatric syndromes, end-of-life care and nutrition. (2004-05-27)

UT Southwestern specialist leads effort to craft first professional guidelines for regarding earwax
The age-old advice to routinely clean out earwax is discouraged under the first published guidelines from health care professionals about removing wax from the ear. (2008-08-29)

How television and other media affect infant development
A panel of experts -- a neuroscientist, a developmental pediatrician, a pediatric epidemiologist and a child psychologist -- will discuss the effects of media on infant development during a symposium at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting Monday, May 2, in Denver, Colo. The session is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT in the Colorado Convention Center. (2011-05-02)

Low income kids' height doesn't measure up by age 1
A new study reveals that children from low-income families, at or below the poverty level, had lower birth weights and were measurably shorter by age one than children from higher-income families, based on average growth rates of children. (2003-05-03)

More docs favor national health insurance, study reveals
Nearly half of physicians in the United States favor governmental legislation to establish national health insurance, according to an Indiana University School of Medicine study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (2003-11-18)

Brenner Children's Hospital pediatrician receives $2.25 million grant to study a violence prevention program nationwide
A pediatrician at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center received a $2.25 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently, to study how pediatricians nationwide can help prevent violence. (2001-10-05)

UH Rainbow sports physician advises against recreational trampoline use in new AAP report
Susannah Briskin, M.D., a pediatric sports medicine specialist with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, is the co-author of an updated report from the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly cautioning against home trampolines. The report provides updated data on the number of and types of injuries caused by trampolines. The new report's key recommendation against recreational trampoline use remains consistent with AAP's previous policy statement from 1999 and reaffirmed in 2006. (2012-09-24)

Encouraging a healthy weight for a healthy heart
A healthy weight is the key to a healthy heart, and yet an estimated one out of three children is either overweight or obese in the US During a special symposium Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, pediatricians discussed obesity and cardiovascular risk factors, public health policy, and how physicians can partner with families to improve children's weight. (2013-10-27)

A New Era For HIV Positive Children Means That Doctors, Caregivers Must Think About The Whole Child And His Future
Two factors are dramatically changing the nature of HIV and AIDS for children in the United States and other developed countries, UCSF immunologist Diane Wara, MD, told pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting this week in San Francisco. (1998-10-20)

Childhood vaccines cause financial burden to many health care providers
The costs that health care providers are charged and reimbursed for childhood vaccines vary widely, and the high cost of some immunizations is leading to significant financial strain for some physicians, according to a pair of new studies from the University of Michigan Health System. (2008-12-01)

Waiting room gadget may prove to be a life-saver
Texting, IM, email -- most kids are comfortable using computers to communicate. It's led to an innovative idea among doctors. Children are given a touch pad and asked a series of questions about topics like sexual activity and depression. Kids hesitate to talk openly to a doctor or in front of a parent, but the study shows they are honest with the computer. That gives doctors more chances to treat proactively and even save lives. (2008-06-02)

Families generally happy with initial early intervention services, study shows
Most families of infants and toddlers with disabilities are generally happy with their initial experiences with early intervention services offered under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a new study shows. (2004-04-19)

Overweight and obese children face high risk of hypertension
High body weight in children and adolescents is strongly associated with the likelihood of hypertension, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published today in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension. (2013-10-10)

Parents' vaccine concerns on the rise, making accurate information crucial
Children's doctors are hearing more concerns from their patients' parents about vaccines, and occasionally encountering parents who refuse some or all recommended vaccines for their children because they fear known or alleged effects, according to a new study. As a result, the researchers urge doctors to be understanding of parents' concerns, and equipped with the latest information on vaccine safety. (2003-12-16)

New survey reveals insights into unique relationship between mothers and pediatricians
Results of a new survey released today by iVillage reveal insights into how moms select and interact with their baby's pediatrician. According to the survey, mothers today view their pediatrician as a (2004-08-04)

Pediatricians wary about recommending complementary therapies
Many pediatricians know their patients use complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) to improve their health, yet most do not feel comfortable discussing or recommending these therapies, according to a study published in the November issue of Ambulatory Pediatrics. (2004-11-16)

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy protects newborns
Infants born to mothers who received the influenza (flu) vaccine while pregnant are nearly 50 percent less likely to be hospitalized for the flu than infants born to mothers who did not receive the vaccine while pregnant, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. (2011-06-23)

Parents' experiences with pediatric retail clinics examined
Parents who had established relationships with pediatricians still accessed care for their children at retail clinics, typically located in large chain drugstores, mostly because the clinics were convenient, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-07-22)

Comforting behavior mistaken for movement disorder
Infantile masturbation can be mistaken for a motor disorder, leading to unnecessary invasive procedures and expensive tests. (2005-12-05)

Moving children and families beyond trauma
Pediatricians can play an important role in helping children and communities recover following episodes of school and community violence and disaster, while working to prevent and prepare for future tragedies, said David J. Schonfeld, M.D., FAAP, a world-renowned expert on school crisis and bereavement. Dr. Schonfeld is giving a presentation, (2013-10-28)

For Latina moms, pediatrician's personality, empathy trump knowledge of Spanish, quick service
A small study of Latina women with young children led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center shows moms value a pediatrician's empathy and warmth far more than their ability to speak Spanish or other conveniences. (2012-02-23)

Smoking and depression often co-occur in new mothers
Smoking and depression often go hand-in-hand for new mothers, and this combination may affect their child's health as well, reports a study in the November 2007 issue of Preventive Medicine by Temple University researcher Dr. Robert Whitaker. (2007-11-26)

Study shows benefit of pioneering U-M program for newborns at risk of hearing impairment
By testing the hearing of newborns whose health problems put them at special risk of hearing loss, doctors at the University of Michigan are catching and addressing infant hearing problems far better and less expensively than the national norm, according to a new report on the pioneering program. (1999-08-09)

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches unique program to develop community pediatricians
Working closely with community organizations in Sacramento and Yuba counties, the UC Davis Children's Hospital is launching an innovative program for pediatricians-in-training that gets them out of the office and into the neighborhoods to meet children's health-care needs. (2002-06-17)

Pediatricians tackle controversial issues in new point-counterpoint sessions at AAP conference
Pediatric experts will debate the pros and cons of the most contentious issues pediatricians face in their daily practice during the new point-counterpoint sessions at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando Oct. 26-29. (2013-10-26)

Pediatricians must confront community-based threats to health
Pediatricians must look beyond the walls of the examining room and into their own communities to understand and confront the socioeconomic and environmental threats to the health of children and adolescents, such as poor nutrition, exposure to violence, and substance abuse. (2005-04-04)

Pediatricians' opinions vary on reporting threshold for suspected child abuse
What look like playground injuries to one physician, may be suspected child abuse to another. A Penn State College of Medicine study reports that there is widespread inconsistency among pediatricians in how they interpret their responsibility to report suspected child abuse. (2005-07-05)

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital gains international recognition for ECMO treatment
The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital recently received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. The ELSO is an international consortium of centers offering ECMO for support of failing organ systems in infants, children and adults. (2008-12-02)

Overweight in early childhood increases chances for obesity at age 12
Children who are overweight as toddlers or preschoolers are more likely to be overweight or obese in early adolescence, report researchers in a collaborative study by the NIH and several academic institutions. (2006-09-05)

First national survey measures parents' opinions on the quality and content of well-child visits
In the first nationwide study of its kind, detailed results of the National Survey of Early Childhood Health (NSECH)finds that while many parents are generally satisfied with the quality and content of care provided by physicians caring for young children during well visits, critical areas of health care and development are not being addressed for some children. (2004-06-07)

Many pediatricians say they would not continue care for families who refuse vaccines
More than one-third of pediatricians say they would dismiss a family from their practice for refusing all vaccinations, according to a study in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-10-03)

Many pediatricians say they would not continue care for families who refuse vaccines
More than one-third of pediatricians say they would dismiss a family from their practice for refusing all vaccinations, according to a study in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-10-03)

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