Monthly Archive: June 2016

Jun
21

Maternal depression affects health and development of children

Although inquiring/screening about maternal depression has increased since 2004, less than half of pediatricians usually screen or inquire about maternal depression, representing a missed opportunity to identify depression and manage or refer women for treatment. Further training on the importance of mental and family health to children’s health may increase identification of maternal depression in …

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Jun
19

Analyzing repolarization patterns in pediatric population with congenital heart disease

As prolonged QT is suggestive of a myocardium that is at risk of ventricular arrhythmia, a cross-sectional study published in the journal of Pediatric Cardiology assessed the repolarization patterns in children with cyanotic and acyanotic congenital heart diseases. It was observed that prolonged QTc was higher in children with acyanotic congenital heart diseases with volume …

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Jun
17

Maternal folate levels may predict risk of childhood overweight or obesity

Adequate maternal folate levels may mitigate the risk for childhood obesity, especially among children born to obese mothers, according to a prospective birth cohort study conducted at the Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and published online June 13, 2016 in JAMA Pediatrics. The highest risk for child overweight or obesity was found among children of …

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Jun
14

High Epo doses with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy cause less MRI brain injury

High doses of erythropoietin, 1000 U/kg intravenously, given with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy may result in less MRI brain injury and improved 1-year motor function, says a new phase II double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial published in June 2016 issue of the journal Pediatrics. Moderate/severe brain injury (4% vs 44%), subcortical (30% vs 68%) and cerebellar injury …

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Jun
08

Concomitant administration of flu vaccine with other vaccines increases risk of febrile seizures

Review of data from the CDC’s Vaccine Data Safetylink program published online June 06, 2016 in the journal Pediatrics finds that the administration of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3) on the same day as either pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) or a diphtheria-tetanus-acellular-pertussis (DTaP)-containing vaccine was associated with a greater risk of febrile seizures than when …

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