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Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism'
Pitt scientists find a viral anti-vaccination Facebook campaign wasn't 'all about autism,' but instead centered on four distinct themes. (2019-03-21)

Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked disease
Study examines families' functioning when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. Paper co-written by University of Illinois' Ted Cross. (2019-03-07)

Persistent low body weight in young kids increases risk for anorexia nervosa later
A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence. (2019-01-31)

A 'compelling call' for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety
The Children's commentators point to the 'extremely dangerous' combination of 'the small curious hands of a young child' and 'the easily accessible and operable, loaded handgun' and suggest that pediatricians who counsel families about safely storing weapons tailor messaging to the weapon type and the family's reason for owning a firearm. (2019-01-28)

Study: Despite progress, gay fathers and their children still structurally stigmatized
A study published in the February 2019 'Pediatrics' journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts. (2019-01-15)

Stress from using electronic health records is linked to physician burnout
Researchers found that health information technology-related stress was most common among primary care doctors. (2018-12-05)

Overweight kids often left in the dark about their high blood pressure
Pediatricians generally don't address elevated blood pressures in overweight children during well-child visits. When they do broach the subject, their communication is often unclear, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. (2018-11-05)

New study is a smoking gun, shows vaping is no deterrent to teen tobacco use
E-cigarettes don't mitigate the use of combustible cigarettes among teens. (2018-11-05)

Good sleep quality encourages better recovery after sport-related concussion
Abstract of findings suggest sleep is not only important for physical, mental, and cognitive well-being, but also seems to play a pivotal role in the recovery of the brain following a sport-related concussion. (2018-11-02)

Are children's television programs too cool for school?
Study abstract suggests need to advocate for more positive depictions of academics and school in children's programming, especially as children get older. (2018-11-02)

Differences in intent of pediatric injuries underscore importance of safe firearm storage
Study abstract suggests that younger children were more likely to sustain unintentional firearm injuries, whereas adolescents were more likely to be victims of firearm-related assault or self-harm. (2018-11-02)

A culturally tailored intervention increased HPV vaccination of Asian-American adolescents
A culturally tailored multilevel strategy designed to remove barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among low-income, mostly Chinese-American adolescent girls and boys significantly increased vaccine uptake. (2018-11-02)

Studies needed on impact of cannabis use on puberty
Samaan and his research team at McMaster set out to find studies on boys and girls under age 18 with exposure to recreational or medicinal cannabis. The use of cannabis included smoked, ingested and other modes of exposure to cannabis products. (2018-10-05)

Teen tattoos: 1/2 of parents concerned about negative health effects, impact on employment
78 percent of parents said they would 'absolutely not consider it' if their teen asked about a tattoo. (2018-08-20)

Pediatric telemedicine services can work well under the right conditions
Doctors who provide pediatric care over the telephone -- known as 'telemedicine' -- face a range of challenges that do not come with traditional face-to-face contact. In a qualitative study led by Motti Haimi of Clalit Health Services at the Children's Health Center in Haifa in Israel, researchers found that physicians in a pediatric telemedicine service frequently face difficulties and challenges. (2018-08-06)

Homelessness in infancy linked to poor health outcomes for children and mothers
A new study led by researchers from Children's HealthWatch, a research and policy network headquartered at Boston Medical Center (BMC), shows infants under 12 months old who experience homelessness are at-risk of poor health and development compared to their peers in housed families. (2018-07-30)

Free tax services in pediatrics clinics yield high returns
During its first two years, StreetCred, a free tax preparation program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), helped 753 clients in pediatric clinics receive over $1.6 million in federal tax returns. Results from surveys of clients and staff, published in Pediatrics, showed that StreetCred was associated with a significant improvement in tax filings and a significant increase in client knowledge about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which helps lift families out of poverty. (2018-05-30)

Sugars in infant formulas pose risk to babies with inherited metabolic disorder
Babies with inherited intolerance of fructose face a risk of acute liver failure if they are fed certain widely available formulas containing fructose, pediatricians and geneticists are warning. Baby formula manufacturers should remove fructose or sucrose, or explicitly label their products to allow parents to avoid those sweeteners if necessary, the doctors say. (2018-05-17)

Meeting with OBGYN prior to first exam empowers young women in medical settings
A new national survey by Orlando Health found that nearly 40 percent of women were at least somewhat concerned about what would happen during their first OBGYN exam. That's why experts at Orlando Health are encouraging girls and their parents to speak with their OBGYN in a non-clinical setting before their first exam. (2018-05-14)

Survey finds many adolescents are not talking to their doctors and parents about sex
Teens/young adults account for more sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than all other ages combined. Primary care provider visits are opportunities to provide health care services to treat and prevent STIs. Similarly, parent-adolescent communication has been shown to protect against teen sexual risk-taking behavior. (2018-05-05)

Influenza vaccine delays are a problem for pediatricians
Uptake of influenza vaccine among children is low compared to other childhood vaccines, and missed opportunities for vaccination play an important role in this low uptake. Problems with receiving influenza vaccine in a timely manner within pediatric practices are an important cause of missed opportunities, but little is known about pediatricians' experiences and practices related to influenza vaccine delivery delays. (2018-05-05)

Training pediatricians critical to improving quality of care for transgender youth
Training pediatricians is critical to improving quality of care for increasing number of transgender youth in the US receiving medical services. This research examines gender dysphoria-related claims and pediatric primary care providers' knowledge, attitudes and skills in caring for transgender youth. (2018-05-05)

Primary care doctors may be unsure when kids' bad moods are serious or not
Family medicine doctors and pediatricians are less confident than psychiatrists in their abilities to tell the difference between normal irritability and possibly bigger issues in children and adolescents, according to Penn State researchers. Primary care providers and pediatricians were also more likely to prescribe medications when they thought there was a problem, while psychiatrists were more likely to start with behavioral therapy. (2018-04-05)

Toddler formulas and milks -- not recommended by health experts -- mislead with health claims
Misleading labeling on formulas and milks marketed as 'toddler drinks' may confuse parents about their healthfulness or necessity, finds a new study by researchers at the NYU College of Global Public Health and the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. (2018-02-05)

Autism might be better detected using new two-minute questionnaire
Researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School have developed a two-minute questionnaire for parents that could help pediatricians and other primary care providers detect autism in toddlers, at a time when intervention might be crucial. The Psychological Development Questionnaire (PDQ-1) had an 88 percent likelihood of correctly identifying which of the youngster that screened positive because of the questionnaire had autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (2018-02-05)

Management of diaphragmatic hernia in children: Canadian guideline to standardize care
For babies diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a comprehensive new guideline in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to provide guidance to physicians in diagnosing and managing the condition from the time a diagnosis is made during pregnancy through the teen years. (2018-01-29)

More dentists to discuss risks of HPV-related cancers with their patients
The dental community is working to strengthen HPV prevention efforts, helping reduce the prevalence of oropharyngeal cancers. (2018-01-10)

Pediatricians screen more kids for mental health issues if they receive hands-on support
The study, led by Children's National, is called an important first step toward earlier identification of children who live with serious mental health concerns. Currently, few providers conduct the screenings, citing a lack of time, resources and other factors. Mental health screenings at the annual well visit could go a long way toward treating mental health issues earlier in a child's life. (2018-01-03)

Early diagnosis can save babies' lives: A guide to severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID)
The review, published in CMAJ, is aimed at pediatricians, family physicians and other doctors who may treat newborns, including those who appear healthy at birth but begin to get severe, repeated infections requiring emergency department visits. (2017-12-18)

Certain books can increase infant learning during shared reading, study shows
Parents and pediatricians know that reading to infants is a good thing, but new research shows reading books that clearly name and label people and objects is even better. (2017-12-11)

Screen time before bed linked with less sleep, higher BMIs in kids
It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2017-12-07)

Survey finds pediatric doctors attempts to address parental health issues are limited by barriers
A national survey of more than 200 pediatric primary care physicians found that while over three-quarters addressed at least one parental health issue, such as maternal depression or parental tobacco use, during child health visits and a majority recognized the impact of such issues on children's health, fewer felt responsible for addressing them. (2017-11-09)

What pediatricians tell parents about early peanut introduction to prevent allergy
Guidelines to help parents introduce peanut-containing products to infants to prevent peanut allergies aren't being discussed by pediatricians. (2017-10-27)

Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, study finds
Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing on social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets, according to a new 5-year study by a CU Boulder researcher. (2017-10-03)

American Academy of Pediatrics announces its first recommendations on tattoos, piercings
Tattoos and body piercings are an increasingly popular form of self-expression, but it is important for young people to carefully consider the consequences and potential risks associated with body modifications, according to the first clinical report on the topic published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017-09-18)

Evidence of drug use in mothers of babies with NAS -- but also in control group mothers
Researchers conducting a study of newborns experiencing symptoms of drug withdrawal knew the infants' mothers would test positive for substance use. But in the course of their study they had another, surprising finding: They discovered that 1 in 4 women enrolled in the 'drug-free' comparison group, whose infants were not diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome, also tested positive for illicit drug use. (2017-09-15)

Campaign increases likelihood parents will ask about guns before a playdate
The Asking Saves Kids (ASK) campaign is effective in increasing parents' comfort level in asking if there is a gun where their child plays, according to research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2017 National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago Monday, Sept. 18. (2017-09-15)

Regions with stricter firearm laws experience fewer pediatric gun-related injuries
Regions of the United States with stronger firearm legislation had lower rates of Emergency Department visits for pediatric firearm-related injuries, according to a study led by Children's National Health System researchers. (2017-09-15)

Partnering with the community to advance health care quality for immigrant children
Over the next 40 years, children of immigrant families will grow to represent one-third of United States' residents. This AAP presentation is aimed at helping the nation's pediatricians understand that immigration-related issues, generally, and unresolved immigration status, specifically, can impact children's mental health and overall well-being (2017-09-15)

Unstable housing to cost health care system estimated $111 billion over 10 years, study finds
Unstable housing among families with children will cost the United States an estimated $111 billion in health and education expenditures over the next ten years, according to new research published by Children's HealthWatch based at Boston Medical Center. (2017-08-10)

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