Child and adolescent vaccination schedule updatedFebruary 12th 2014
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently approved the 2014 recommended schedules for childhood and adolescent immunizations.
Too many GERD diagnoses in those too young?November 19th 2013
A new study raises a question about whether too many antireflux procedures (ARP) are performed on children during a period of infancy when frequent regurgitation is normal and when already ambiguous measures of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are difficult to interpret at best.
New guide for managing HIV/AIDS-related infectionsNovember 12th 2013
Guidelines for preventing and treating HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic infections (OIs) in children recently received a facelift. Government agencies and industry associations banded together to update recommendations previously published in 2009.
Big gaps in info on concussionsNovember 5th 2013
As a result of gaping holes in what is known about the actual incidence of concussions in young athletes and the effects of these traumatic brain injuries, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council are calling for a national system to track sports-related concussions in children and adolescents aged 19 years and younger.
NIH and CDC launch registry of death in the youngNovember 5th 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces to create a new registry of sudden deaths in young people. The hope is that the resulting database will provide researchers and health care practitioners with valuable information regarding the scope of the problem and ideas about how to prevent future tragedies.
Religion is no ground for refusing lifesaving careNovember 5th 2013
When parents’ religious or spiritual beliefs prevent children from getting necessary medical care, pediatricians should intervene and report the parents to state child protective services agencies for medical abuse and neglect, reiterates a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).