Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
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.
Pediatric hypertension criteria should reflect overweight and obesity
A European study reveals that obesity criteria used by the American Academy of Pediatrics to diagnose pediatric hypertension helps identify more children at risk of cardiovascular disease.
How Lyme disease guidelines are set to change
The guidelines for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease may soon be changing, although pediatricians aren't expected to readily adopt all the recommendations.
ADHD guideline update: What's new, what's changed
Children with ADHD often face other psychological or behavioral issues, and a new update to the clinical practice guidelines for the condition address how to manage them.
More support for ADHD and acetaminophen use in pregnancy connection
For years, researchers have raised concerns about acetaminophen use during pregnancy, now a new study that used cord blood to measure acetaminophen levels at birth links the commonly used medication to later ADHD and autism diagnoses.
Prolonged antibiotic use in preterm infants has long-lasting effects
Using antibiotics for extended periods in preterm infants can have long-term damaging effects to their gut microbiota, according to a recent study.
How new IV maintenance fluid recommendations change decades of practice
Expert discusses the rationale on shift from 60 years of practice regarding intravenous (IV) maintenance fluid therapy.
Helping keep children safe in a mobile world
Children are highly susceptible to advertising, and it’s getting more difficult to recognize advertising for what it is and protect children from it. Take a look at tech tricks in mobile advertising and ways to avoid them.
Nutrition is key, but don’t forget about food safety
Pediatricians often focus on nutrition, but educating parents about food additives and safety should be included.
How 'daddy boot camps' prepare fathers and improve outcomes
What to do when the baby cries; how to get the diaper on just right; or bathing baby may seem like the top concerns of new fathers, but experts say confidence and support are the real deficits for fathers-to-be.
Clearing up confusion over concussion identification and management
Experts seek to clear confusion, trepidation about concussion identification and management.
Be the point person when it comes to tattoos and piercings
Even if it’s not your personal choice, pediatricians need to know how to talk to parents and patients about body art.
Why pediatricians are the first line of care for transgender and non-conforming children and teens
Whereas hormone prescribing for transgender or gender diverse children and teenagers may be a specialty, primary care pediatricians are often the first-line provider families turn to for support and guidance.
How to help teens and parents navigate adolescence
Expert offers guidance on helping parents and teenagers make it through adolescence.
Beware the social media trap
A useful tool in some regards, clinicians should use caution in posting and interacting with patients online.
Build resilience in children and support caregivers
Troubled children often become troubled adults, but pediatricians can help to stop the cycle by promoting resilience and offering support to both patients and their caregivers.
Immigrant crisis at the border has far-reaching effects
Pediatricians across the country will be affected by the trauma inflicted on children who are separated from their families and detained at the border.
Combat anti-vax progress with education and national support
The anti-vaccination movement has led to large pockets of the country that are unvaccinated and vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, but large-scale education could undo the damage.
Start media guidance early
Talk to parents early and often about media use and set the stage for future success.
Girls with ADHD at increased risk for teen pregnancy
Girls with ADHD are six times more likely to be teen moms, according a new report.
PCV13 serotypes still contribute to pneumococcal disease
The 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) is performing well since its 2010 introduction but still has some flaws, according to a recent report.
BRCA2 mutation linked to additional cancer types in childhood
BRCA2 mutations already are linked to a number of cancer types, and now researchers have found that it could play a role in the development of childhood lymphomas, as well.
What's recommended for the 2019 flu shot
The AAP and ACIP have issued recommendations for the upcoming flu season, and they include the intranasal vaccine and a warning about watching carefully dosages on different brands of the vaccine.
How bronchodilators can help assess asthma severity
Bronchodilator response may offer a signal to pediatricians on the severity of a patient’s asthma, and can be used to help manage the condition.
Telehealth can close gaps in chronic asthma care
For children with chronic conditions like asthma in rural, underserved communities, school-based telehealth can help close the gap.
More, younger children receiving dialysis for acute kidney injuries
More children are being treated with hemodialysis for acute kidney injuries, but short-term mortality is increasing, too.
How racial inequality affects health and healthcare
Although progress has been made, racial and ethnic inequalities remain in medical care, but pediatricians can help to change this, as well as mitigate the damage that has already been done.
New AAP, ACOG guidance on GBS testing
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have released updated guidelines on the management of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections in both mothers and babies.
Infographics make educating parents about AD easier
For diseases such as atopic dermatitis (AD) that require complex care, colorful infographics take the guesswork out of patient education.
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