May 12th 2023
Knowing which packaged foods contain various seeds has largely been a guessing game, but a new law enacted in January 2023 changes that.
March 28th 2023
The adoption of vegan and vegetarian diets in the teen years can trigger concerns over nutritional deficiencies and disordered eating. But new reports indicate few problems when these diets are followed correctly.
February 27th 2023
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined rates of fruit, vegetable, and sugary drink intake among young children by state.
February 17th 2023
In a recent study, higher rates of food insecurity were found among low-income families with children in the United States.
January 16th 2023
A follow-up to a Texas Sprouts gardening intervention found improved glucose control and reduced low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals at a high risk of metabolic diseases.
USDA calls for improved food options for low-income families
New updates to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children would provide more nutritious options to low-income families.
Food marketing toward kids lacking regulation
Researchers from New York University have found that children are vulnerable to deceptive marketing of unhealthy food because of a lack of government oversight.
Supporting parents of youth with eating disorders in and out of the hospital
At the 2022 AAP National Conference & Exhibition, a practitioner shares her expertise on how to communicate with families to manage a child’s eating disorder (ED) and review practical strategies while increasing patient and family satisfaction.
Program implementation reduces food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic
Researchers saw the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program and grab-and-go meals helped provide meals to a wide range of children after schools closed in March 2020.
Eating disorders in minority and marginalized populations
What kind of person comes to mind when you think of eating disorders? Here’s why you might be wrong.
QSYMIA approved by FDA for treatment of obesity in adolescents
VIVUS LLC announced the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of QSYMIA (phentermine and topiramate extended-release capsules) for the treatment of obesity in adolescents ages 12 to 17 years.
How to help parents of picky eaters
Address concerns that a child is not eating a balanced diet through education, reassurance.
Reckitt Mead Johnson receives FDA approval to import 66 million formula servings
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the import of over 66 million servings of infant formula from Singapore, focusing on supply for vulnerable consumers.
Do food safety information and protective behavior help protect mercury exposure in children?
In Taiwan, a recent study examined whether mothers who had food safety–related risk perceptions of mercury led to lower exposure in mother and child.
Must-read news from the week of May 23
A look at what the Contemporary Pediatrics® team covered this week.
Study finds association between longer duration of exclusive breastfeeding and childhood asthma protections
A new study examines the relationship between an extended duration of mother-child breastfeeding and protective associations to asthma.
AAP advocates for increased action from White House, Congress on infant formula shortage
The AAP sent 2 letters to federal officials urging for immediate action to increase the supply of safe formula in the United States.
Must-read news from the week of May 16
House of Representatives democrats propose $28 million aid bill for infant formula shortage
The proposed aid bill would give the FDA funds to increase staff and prepare for future infant formula shortages.
FDA implements increased flexibilities for foreign importation of infant formula
This week, the agency announced it is encouraging importation of infant formula from usually unutilized foreign means in hopes of increasing access to the product in the wake of the country-wide shortage.
What to know about the infant formula shortage
Parents are on edge as the formula shortage worsens across the United States. Pediatricians, the AAP, and White House advise on available options.
The effect of parental food access on high birthweight
At the 2022 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, Carol Duh-Leong, MD, MPP led a discussion on the prenatal risk factors for high birthweight.
Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
At the 2022 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Marisa Stahl, MD, MSCS, discussed how to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the gluten epidemic.
Integrative approaches to common GI disorders
At the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2022, Alexandra Russell, MD discusses best complementary and alternative medicines for pediatric gastrointestinal disorders.
Toddlers consuming nearly as much sugar as older kids
A recent report reveals just how much sugar infants and toddlers are eating—and it’s not pretty.
Stories and play could help increase vegetable intake
A recent study investigates how fun stories and engaging playtime can help increase vegetable intake among preschoolers.
WIC can benefit older siblings too
Even though they may be too old to participate in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a new study shows that the program can help older kids eat better, too.
Impact of SNAP on food spending
For low-income families, securing an adequate supply of nutritious foods can be a challenge. There are public programs to help supplement grocery budgets, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but do these help needy families improve their overall nutrition?
Feeding issues need a family approach
Parents and caregivers of children with feeding disorders face lot of hurdles. Pediatricians can help by providing family-centered holistic, well-rounded care that takes both medical and social issues into consideration.
Children who use WIC longer eat better
Children who are eligible in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and stay enrolled at least until age 2 years fare better than children who leave the program early, despite still being eligible.
Plant-based diets shine when looking at the gut microbiome
A recent study investigating how foods impact gut health in children points to plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and grains as key to a diverse and healthy microbiome.
Pediatricians urged to help guide better nutritional choices
A recent study investigates the quality of early childhood diets both at home and at school, and neither are where they need to be.
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