Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Drop in autism by ethnicity, class may not be what it seems
A recent study investigates what is causing ASD to drop in wealthy, white California.
Researchers test simplified assessment for neonates with opioid exposure
A simplified assessment could determine the need for medications to treat opioid withdrawal in neonates more quickly.
Asthma linked to later T1D risk in children
A new study connects an asthma diagnosis to type 1 diabetes (T1D) development later in life but also shows that the opposite may not be true.
Early recognition, advice can reduce struggle in FPIES
Children who struggle with rare food allergies may have multiple food restrictions, with little understanding as to what really helps.
Education, flexibility help families manage allergy anxiety
Life-threatening allergies are difficult to live with, in more ways than one.
Federal rental assistance yields improvements in asthma-related ED visits
Housing assistance programs are associated with lower emergency department (ED) use by children with asthma.
Interchangeability of Tdap/DTaP vaccine among updates in new immunization schedule
A few major changes are included in this year’s update to the Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, including improved flexibility for tetanus- and pertussis-related vaccines.
Maybe snacks aren’t so bad?
Snacking isn’t bad for kids, but pediatricians should counsel parents on what snacks are best.
6 ways to ensure kids with special needs get quality care
Access to comprehensive care is key to successful care of children with special needs and their families, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report notes, and the AAP offers specific suggestions for how to accomplish this.
Common virus wreaks havoc on VLBW infants
Cytomegalovirus is common throughout childhood, but the virus can cause a host of complications for very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants.
New food course builds healthy relationships with food
Traditional home economics classes that taught children about food and food preparation are a thing of the past in many schools. This loss can keep children and teenagers from exploring food and developing a strong, healthy relationship. A new program Food Ed. challenges to students to think about food beyond their plates.
Report urges providers to prepare for dealing with impaired parents
Every pediatrician will face the issue of impaired parents and caregivers at some point in their career. A recent report offers some advice on handling those situations.
Diaper banks underutilized for families in need
For families living in poverty, diaper banks can help keep their children clean and dry. Pediatricians could do more to assess their unmet need and step up referrals to these community resources.
In-office ear tubes offer tympanostomy alternative
A new anesthesia-free method for placing ear tubes, known as tympanostomy tubes, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and gives clinicians an in-office option for the common procedure.
Simple genetic test for type 1 diabetes being developed
Clinicians may be able to identify patients at the highest risk of developing type 1 diabetes with a simple saliva test.
Pediatricians play a role in academic success, too
Pediatricians, not just parents and teachers, can and should help students who are struggling academically.
Free app aims to spot eye problems early
Parents and clinicians may sometimes catch the white glare in a child’s eye that signals potentially devastating eye problems, but a new app aims to make the process even easier and more accurate.
Migraine guideline update focuses on early treatment and lifestyle changes
Early treatment in acute migraines is important, but behavioral and lifestyle changes may be the best prevention tool in the pediatric population.
Paternal support buffers emotional damage to LGBT teens and young adults
Support from fathers trumps that of mothers when it comes to mitigating damage from discrimination over sexual orientation in LGBT teenagers and young adults.
Early motor skills delays can predict later language problems
Motor skill delays are an early predictor of language delays later in childhood and into adulthood in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Genetic link ties ADHD risk to maternal age
A new study reveals that mothers who are aged younger than 20 years when their first child is born were more likely to have a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and researchers suggest maternal age and other genetic factors may be the cause.
USPSTF says hold back on drug counseling
There is little evidence on the best ways to offer intervention on drug use, so pediatricians and PCPs are advised to just steer clear, for now.
Positive childhood experiences may have greater impact than the bad
A recent study suggests that positive childhood experiences may counter the damaging effects of adverse experiences.
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