Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb
27

Fever during pregnancy may harm offspring health, according to a study published online February 24 in Pediatrics

Fever during pregnancy may harm offspring health, according to a study published online February 24 in Pediatrics. Studies in several mammalian models have associated first trimester exposure to elevated maternal temperature with damage to the extraembryonic membranes, placenta, and maternal–fetal circulation, resulting in growth retardation, malformations, and fetal demise, and in the longer–term, to impaired …

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Feb
27

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its schedule for preventive health services recommended during well–child visits. Published online February 24 in Pediatrics, the updated schedule reflects the consensus of the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine and Bright Futures, a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in …

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Feb
26

Because more than half of the medications approved for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Because more than half of the medications approved for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack evidence of safe and effective use in pediatric patients, the practice of medicine will “more than likely” require that practitioners prescribe medicines off–label to appropriately treat pediatric patients, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). …

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Feb
26

The study was published online February 24 in JAMA Pediatrics.

renatal exposure to acetaminophen — a drug considered safe in pregnancy — may raise the risk for behavioral problems in children, including attention–deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD. The study was published online February 24 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Feb
25

An automated checklist that pulls information from electronic medical records and sends alerts to clinicians has been linked with a 3–fold decrease in central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)

An automated checklist that pulls information from electronic medical records and sends alerts to clinicians has been linked with a 3–fold decrease in central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) at a California pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). CLABSIs are a type of hospital–acquired infection and a highly preventable cause of illness and death that hospitals everywhere …

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Feb
25

A new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that intrauterine devices (IUDs)

A new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that intrauterine devices (IUDs) are as effective for adolescents as they are for women in their 20s and early 30s, and complication rates are similarly low. However, adolescents are more likely than older women to request early discontinuation due to pain and bleeding.

Feb
24

One of the first studies to use crowd–sourced information to uncover potential predictors of obesity has suggested

One of the first studies to use crowd–sourced information to uncover potential predictors of obesity has suggested that children whose parents are very involved in their young lives are more likely to be slim in adulthood. Results of the study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University in New York, are published in the journal Plos …

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Feb
24

High family stress can lead to the child’s immune system being affected

High family stress can lead to the child’s immune system being affected, as a research group at the School of Health Sciences at Jônkôping University and the Faculty of Health Sciences atLinkôping University in Sweden shows in a study being published in the Journal of Immunology.

Feb
23

Two studies suggest that genetic differences in how infants respond to food may play a role in obesity risk

Two studies suggest that genetic differences in how infants respond to food may play a role in obesity risk. In the first study, among newborn sets of twins, the twin with higher responsiveness to food and lower satiety gained more weight than the twin who was more easily sated. The other study found that infants …

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Feb
23

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has endorsed the national recommendations for vaccination with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and recognize the role obstetrician/gynecologists can have in public education and catch–up vaccination. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children of both sexes …

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