Vol 35 No 12

Debunking “fringe” therapies

December 01, 2018

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to me implies mostly unproven therapies with at least some partial evidence in support. By contrast, “fringe therapies” are more bizarre, with only anecdotal evidence.

Girl’s hands shrivel when exposed to water

December 01, 2018

A 16-year-old girl presents to the clinic for acne follow-up and mentions that her palms wrinkle significantly after only a few minutes of immersion in water. She is otherwise well and has no significant past medical history.

Perinatal smoke exposure linked to GER

December 01, 2018

Infants who are exposed to tobacco smoke during their mothers’ pregnancy or after birth are at increased risk of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), especially of events with bolus movement detected by impedance (GER-imp), according to a French study in 31 neonates referred to a medical center for investigation of suspected GER.

Lots of breastfeeding reduces infant stress

December 01, 2018

Infants who are breastfed exclusively show less hypothalamic stress response than infants who have been breastfed little or not at all, according to a study in 42 healthy, 5-month-old infants and their mothers.

Do infants who had colic have more behavioral problems as toddlers?

December 01, 2018

A study conducted in Australia found that that the answer to this question is a resounding “no.” A comparison of behavioral outcomes in 124 children who had colic that had resolved by age 6 months (colic group) and 503 infants without problem crying at 1, 4, and 6 months (no colic group) found that the colic group did not manifest any adverse effects related to behavior, regulatory abilities, temperament, or family functioning when they were aged 2 to 3 years.

Top 10 studies of 2018

December 01, 2018

These 10 Journal Club article summaries from 2018 are worth a second look. Some offer information to change your practice now, while others offer insight into potential future changes.