Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Too many antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate
A new study investigating antibiotic prescribing found that 17% of these prescriptions written for children were inappropriate-and the number climbs even higher in adults.
Why confidential time with teen patients is necessary
A third of young adults have never had a private discussion with a clinician, according to a recent report that reveals a concerning lack of confidential communication between doctors and their young patients.
It takes a team to care for kids with special health needs
The pediatric medical home must offer more familial, social, and psychosocial support to help children with special healthcare needs to thrive.
Focus on weight loss, not admission weight, in eating disorder management
Recent weight loss trends, not weight at admission, are a greater indicator of complications from eating disorders, according to a recent study.
Tackling the liver disease linked to T2D
A liver disease that causes inflammation and cell damage is common in children with type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle changes and medication may help.
Fish oil supplements not a fix for obese patients with asthma
Although fish oil supplements did not improve asthma exacerbations in children who are obese or overweight, the question remains whether fish oil could help other types of children with asthma.
Parental involvement can effect healthy weight in teens
Parents who maintain open lines of communication with their teenagers and are involved in their activities have children who eat better, exercise more, and use less screen time, according to a new report.
Role of infectious disease in mental illness development
Infections and how they are treated early in life may impact how mental health disorders develop early on, according to a new report, highlighting the need for a better understanding of the mind/body connection.
Can vitamin D supplements help cystic fibrosis patients?
Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are deficient in vitamin D, which at higher levels can help prevent exacerbation. A new study examines current guidelines and future recommendations.
Impact of milk cereal drink on future obesity risk
Children who are fed milk cereals daily in infancy are more likely to be overweight or obese later in childhood, according to a new report.
Preemie oxygenation updates lack specific guidance
A review of oxygen resuscitation in preterm infants at birth reveals that high oxygen concentrations may not be as toxic as previously thought, but also failed to identify an ideal FiO2.
When obsessive-compulsive symptoms are a red flag
Teenagers who display certain obsessive-compulsive symptoms, even without a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), may be at higher risk for other serious psychiatric problems.
New tool improves asthma prediction, prevention
Predicting the likelihood that a child will develop asthma has long been a challenge, but a new tool could offer more than previous assessments.
Developmental outcomes of positional plagiocephaly
A new study urges pediatricians to screen for cognitive challenges as children with PPB age.
LGBT teens and suicide risk: How you can help
The teenaged years are difficult across the board, but a report highlights the additional challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) adolescents and calls to attention their increased risk for suicide attempts.
Teen diets heavily influenced by peers and parents
Teenagers look to those around them to form their diet patterns, and for low-income African American teenagers in particular, parental involvement and monitoring is key to making good choices.
Don’t discount ED prevalence in boys
A new study reveals that children are developing eating disorders at younger ages, and that there is little difference in gender distribution.
How a web-based model helps predict epilepsy risk
Not all children who have seizures are diagnosed with epilepsy, and a definitive diagnosis can be difficult to make. Now, researchers from the Netherlands have developed a Web-based tool to help clinicians predict the probability of future seizures based on early clinical data.
10-minute cancer test-a no-go for pediatrics?
Australian researchers have developed a quick cancer test that can identify tumor markers in blood, but it may remain an adults-only test.
What's the cause of 50% of pediatric safety errors?
A new report dissected safety reports spanning 5 years across 3 hospital systems and found that most errors were related to EHR usability and medications-with more than 100 of these events causing patient harm.
Parents urged to reconsider artificial sweetener for kids
Cutting back on sugar is a good first step to preventing childhood obesity, but a new study cautions parents and providers to think twice about sugar substitutes.
Daily breakfast may trump exercise for weight-loss
A new study reveals that whereas physical activity can help prevent and combat childhood obesity, eating breakfast every day may have a more significant impact.
Don’t let fear keep your patients away!
A child’s fear-and the anxiety it creates in parents-isn’t benign. It can keep patients from getting the care they need. Learn how you can help.
How many kids are completely unvaccinated?
Overall vaccination rates in children are good, but there is a small pocket of children who are completely unvaccinated, and this number is rising.
Keep sports abuse on your radar, help parents be proactive
The intimate nature of sports, the comradery of a team environment, the trust of a coach-all these are intrinsic to the nature of athletics but can also set the stage for abuse. Learn how you can help.
How to provide compassionate care to gender-diverse patients
Pediatricians play a vital role in guiding healthy mental and physical development for gender-diverse children and teenagers.
Keep an eye open for child neglect
A subtle but dangerous form of abuse-neglect-is the cause of death in three-quarters of all child abuse cases. Learn how you can intervene.
Why are low-income kids missing well-child visits?
Optimistically, 1 in 5 well-care visits among low-income children are missed, but that number may also be as high as half if children who miss visits with their regular provider aren’t getting care elsewhere.
Digital tools can help patients and practices
Social media and other digital platforms offer pediatricians a new way to deliver information on health promotion to patients and their families.
4 tools to frame conversations about vaccination
There are constructive ways to carry on difficult conversations with parents about immunization refusal or vaccine hesitancy.
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