Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
How Oregon laws tackle teen mental health and suicide risk
Oregon has passed several new laws aimed at suicide prevention, with 2 of those specifically targeting students by offering excused mental health days and requiring school districts to develop comprehensive suicide prevention plans for at-risk students.
Is there a link between RSV and asthma development?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection requiring hospitalization may be associated with later asthma development, especially when RSV hospitalization occurs in the later part of an infant's first year of life.
Novel study connects family stress to asthma exacerbation
Children who are in difficult family situations may have a particularly difficult time managing their asthma, according to a recent report.
Quiet times, soundscapes improve outcomes in NICUs
A quiet, calm environment goes a long way toward improving the health of the most vulnerable patients.
Preterm infants lose out on breastfeeding
The youngest, most susceptible infants often miss out on the benefits of breast milk, according to the first report to investigate breast milk feeding rates by gestational age.
How legalization impacts teen marijuana use
Contrary to concerns that legalization would increase adolescent use, a recent study suggests usage declines after recreational legalization.
Being born with birth defects increases risk of childhood cancer
Some birth defects may carry an increased cancer risk, according to a recent report, but researchers stop short of recommending routine screening.
Minority groups face higher prevalence, more ED visits for asthma
A recent study investigates the prevalence of asthma in minority groups and how often they turn to the emergency department (ED) for management.
Parents who vape may not see dangers of secondhand exposure to kids with asthma
More parents vape to try and protect their kids from secondhand smoke, but it doesn’t really work that way.
Rotavirus vaccine leads to substantial decline in cases
The rotavirus vaccine is working, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concludes in a new report, but there is still room for improved vaccine coverage.
How a web-based tool could reduce unnecessary visits
A new web-based intervention for evaluating respiratory tract infections can help parents reduce the need for office visits.
How fecal transplants could help with ASD
Already an effective treatment for Clostridium difficile infection, fecal transplantation may offer children with autism new hope.
Can telemedicine reduce the overprescription of antibiotics?
A recent study has found that direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine services were more likely to prescribe antibiotics than urgent care centers and pediatric practices, and less likely to follow guidelines on antibiotic use.
Why older teens miss key vaccines
The later teenaged years are a time of missed opportunities for preventive care and vaccination, according to a new report focused on low rates of meningococcal booster vaccination.
Older fathers linked to problems with pregnancies, births
Mothers usually take the title of geriatric pregnancy at an advanced age, but research suggests older fathers may have to take on that title as well.
Early paternal bonds impact offspring’s cardiovascular health
Parental roles are important to establishing healthy behaviors, but a new report delves into the cardiovascular effects of these relationships and the differences between maternal and paternal bonds.
Intimate partner violence targets teenagers, too
Intimate partner violence isn’t just an adult problem. A new study reveals that teenagers also face violence from partners, and the results can be deadly.
Why quantity and quality matter for thyroid surgery
Quality and quantity go hand-in-hand when it comes to surgical outcomes, according to a new report highlighting positive outcomes at high-volume thyroid surgery centers.
Maternal smoking and the risk of ADHD
Maternal smoking has been linked to later development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring in many studies, but a recent report shows that heavier smoking increases the risks even more.
Prevent vehicular heatstroke with this tool
The number of children dying in hot cars is on the rise, but the National Safety Council has developed a new tool to help parents understand heatstroke and avoid tragedy.
ED visits for mental health crises on the rise
More adolescents are turning to the emergency department for help during mental health crises, leading researchers to call for better treatment and prevention strategies.
Potential C diff risk factors identified
As in adults, antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that change the microbiota of the gut can increase risks for developing Clostridium difficile-C diff-in pediatric patients.
Paradigm shift on peanut introduction tough to swallow
Drowning prevention calls for multiple safety measures
There isn’t just one thing that can prevent drowning, but rather a combination of interventions from education and swim lessons to physical barriers, according to a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Autism linked to mental, neurologic disorders in family members
Research suggests a family history of mental and neurologic disorders may increase risk factors for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in a child.
CBD oil’s effect may wane in managing seizures
A new study suggests that patients may develop a tolerance to cannabidiol (CBD) oil over time, resulting in a loss of efficacy for seizure control.
CCHD screening has room to improve
Screening for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) is now standard across the country, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling for continued improvement on how data is collected and shared from the screenings.
Teen motherhood's long-term impact
Teenaged moms may pass negative effects of young motherhood on to their children, and maybe even their grandchildren.
Does a single anesthesia exposure in infancy have a long-term cognitive effect?
New research indicates that individual and brief encounters with general anesthesia during infancy result in no neurodevelopmental deficits by the school years.
AAP calls for limiting e-cigarette sales
Banning sales to individuals aged younger than 21 years is just one of the proposals in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) newest call to action in the fight against vaping.
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