Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Early exposure to infection may benefit preterm infants
A new study detailing the impact of early infection, antibiotics, and vaccines in preterm infants also offers hope that new vaccine therapies could help decrease sepsis and long-term damage in this vulnerable population.
Why children with diabetes are at risk for disordered eating
Patients with diabetes are at risk for developing inappropriate relationships with food, according to new research, highlighting the need for healthcare providers to provide more psychosocial support to this population.
Parental knowledge, physician support key to HPV vaccine uptake
Parental knowledge and provider support are key factors in increasing acceptance and uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among parents of boys, according to a new report.
Why are teens not being treated for opioid use disorders?
Although opioid use disorders among teenagers and young adults are increasing, the number of teenagers and young adults who receive medication to treat opioid use is decreasing, with significant inequalities among population types.
Preemies can be just as kindergarten ready as their peers
A new study reveals that premature infants perform nearly as well as their full-term peers by their school years, and that those who don’t aren’t as far behind their peers as previously thought.
Why do so many kids die so soon following a cancer diagnosis?
While improvements have been made to childhood cancer mortality rates, a recent research study aims to identify how many children die before being able to start treatment, and what interventions can be put in place to improve their chances.
Weigh the risk vs benefit of vaccines in autoinflammatory disease
Physicians should be cautious when administering vaccines, particularly pneumococcal vaccines, to patients with autoinflammatory disorders, according to a new study.
Study compares non–vaccine-preventable illness in vaccinated, unvaccinated children
A new study found that unvaccinated children suffer more from colds and the flu than their vaccinated peers, with study authors seeking to provide evidence-based data for parents who worry vaccines are too taxing on their child’s immune system.
Why aren't teens seeking eating disorder treatment?
A recent study shows that only 1 in 5 teenagers seek treatment for eating disorders. The researchers hope that the study will create more discussion and research.
CDC: Most children don’t get full benefit of flu vaccine
Most children are not being adequately vaccinated against influenza, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also just published a new report demonstrating the efficacy of the vaccine in reducing influenza-related deaths in children.
HPV vaccination rates are rising but have far to go
Despite controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, more adolescents and young adults are getting vaccinated. However, overall vaccination rates of HPV compared with other teenaged-years vaccines are still low, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How residents are increasingly feeling burnout
Burnout may seem like a problem seen only in physicians later in their careers, but a recent report shows that burnout can be just as likely in those just beginning their careers.
How mom's flu shot protects baby
Flu shots given to mothers during pregnancy provided protection for their babies against three common strains of influenza for several weeks after birth, according to a new report.
Are physicians missing the chance to recommend HPV vaccines?
Physicians who opt against recommending HPV vaccination because they assume their patient is too young or not sexually active, or that the parent will refuse, are missing an opportunity to protect against a dangerous virus, according to a new study.
When 'firing' a patient for vaccine refusal is the only response
Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and pertussis have led pediatricians to take a hard line, sometimes dismissing patients who are non-compliant with immunizations. A new study examines the prevalence-and consequences-of patient dismissal.
Could breast milk prevent blindness in premature infants?
Retinopathy of prematurity-the leading cause of blindness in children-could be prevented with breast milk, according to a new report.
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