Ms Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Sudden cardiac death in kids: What's the culprit?
Sports have long been linked to cases of sudden cardiac arrest in the young, but a recent report shows that obesity may play a larger role than activity.
New guidelines highlight pediatric mental health needs
Too many children with depression go undiagnosed and untreated, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Updated guidelines should address this standard of care.
What you need to be doing about oral health
A new poll shows that there is a lot of misunderstanding about when is the right time for children to start seeing a dentist.
Study reveals vaccinations don’t weaken natural immunity
A popular claim in the antivaccination movement that too many vaccines can set children up for poor immunity overall has been refuted in a new study.
How a focus on dieting in kids can impact generations
Stressing dieting over healthy eating in teenagers can cause lifelong weight and diet problems than can extend for generations.
LAIV will return for next flu season
A change in the H1N1 component may have solved efficacy problems from prior formulations of the intranasal vaccine.
How a detailed asthma assessment can reduce future exacerbations
Asking a series of questions that can lead to more appropriate preventive medication use can go a long way in improving the health of children with asthma and reduce hospitalizations.
Major vaccines addressed in updated ACIP guidelines
There are some notable revisions in 2018 to recommendations concerning hepatitis B vaccination for newborns and a third dose of mumps-containing vaccines, among others.
Alternative medicine guidelines get an update
One in 10 children and teens are using complementary medicine, but they and their parents seldom include pediatricians in their plans. A new report offers guidance on complementary therapies and how to talk to clients about them.
Ineffective, but still prominent: Abstinence-only sex education
Abstinence-only education is ineffective and unethical, according to a new position paper, but is still the primary method of sexual education used in many parts of the country.
How you can help reduce trans teens' high-risk behaviors
Pediatricians may be the first or only resource for some trans or gender nonconforming youths, and it’s important to offer them support and resources, particularly when it comes to navigating all-too-common high-risk behaviors.
Latest CDC report on teen sexuality trends
Adolescent pregnancy rates are at an all-time low, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that there have been significant changes to adolescent sexuality over the last 2 decades.
Using a new tool to predict risk of BD in kids with parents who have BD
A new online tool may help clinicians predict if a child of a parent with bipolar disorder (BD) will follow in their footsteps
Impact of early drunkenness on increased mortality
Research has long tied alcohol use to early mortality, but a new study reveals how age at first drunkenness alone can impact mortality.
How obesity stigma targets more than weight
Children who struggle with obesity not only have to deal with a host of physical problems, but social problems also take a huge toll, according to a new study.
Top factors in car accidents involving children
Car accidents are the top cause of death in children under age 15, and restraints were either not used or improperly used in nearly half of those fatal crashes, according to a new report.
What is ‘consent by proxy’ for medical care?
More children are being brought to pediatricians for nonurgent care by adults who are not their legal guardians. What can a pediatrician do to reduce his or her risk of liability when treating children with "consent by proxy"?
Oral immunotherapy shows promise for treating peanut allergies
Food allergies affect many children, with peanut allergies being the most prominent and recognized. Fears over accidental exposure have led some parents to homeschool their kids, despite the fact that many schools across the United States are now “peanut-free” zones.
Flu vaccine recommendations for the 2016 - 2017 season
Egg allergies are no longer a contraindication for influenza vaccination, but intranasal mists won’t be an alternative for the shot during this year’s flu season, either, according to new recommendations released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Kids losing ASD diagnosis still need ongoing care
Children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during their toddler years may be able lose the designation as they grow up but will continue to have certain ongoing behavioral and special education needs, according to a new study.
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