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Is cephalexin dosing for uncomplicated UTIs in the ED appropriate?
While antibiotic dosing was correct, therapy duration was frequently inappropriate.
Tips from PAS 2022 on having "the talk" with teen patients
Helen C. Wang, MD, shares key takeaways from the session she co-presented at PAS 2022.
Using a mother’s own milk to help extremely preterm infants
For extremely preterm infants, mother’s own milk may be helpful for preventing poor postnatal growth and some morbidities.
Race and ethnicity in clinical trials
Creating a heterogenous cohort in pediatric clinical trials aids in the generalizing of the results and helps ensure that data of efficacy and safety are more accurate. A report looks at data from the past 10 years to see how often race/ethnicity are reported and whether there has been improved inclusion of non-White children.
Using delayed cord clamping to improve outcomes for very preterm infants
Evidence indicates that a delay in umbilical cord clamping leads to better outcomes for infants. What are the outcomes for those who are very preterm?
Impact of CPS involvement on adolescent female sexual health
Child protective services (CPS) is supposed to protect against maltreatment for adolescents, but do they help protect against negative outcomes linked to sexual health?
Gender-affirming care improves mental health for transgender and nonbinary people
A report provides information on how gender-affirming care such as the use of puberty blockers can positively impact the mental health of transgender and nonbinary teenagers and young adults.
How prevalent is PCOS in teen girls with type 2 diabetes?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and type 2 diabetes have some markers that suggest a connection, with PCOS patients exhibiting certain symptoms at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes later. A systematic review examines the prevalence of the 2 conditions occurring in adolescent girls.
Identifying the optimal gestational weight gain for infant health
Gone are the days of little guidance for weight gain during pregnancy, but determining the best weight range has been elusive. A new study provides some helpful advice.
FDA, CDC opens investigation into cronobacter and salmonella complaints in infant formula
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are looking into 4 complaints about illness linked to Abbott Nutrition formula produced in a Michigan factory.
The effect of eating disorders in pregnancy on neurodevelopmental risk in infants
Eating disorders carry many risks. An investigation looks into whether they can increase the risk of certain neurodevelopmental conditions in the children of mothers with a history of eating disorders.
Outcomes of extremely preterm birth
Scientific advances have led to more extremely preterm infants surviving delivery. What are the outcomes for these infants?
Does maternal history of cervical cancer/biopsy impact HPV vaccine rate in kids?
For mothers who have an experience with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine preventable outcomes such as a cervical biopsy or cancer, would this history make them more likely to have their child receive this vaccine? It may seem likely, but a new study raises questions about this belief.
Interventions to prevent sexual assault in teens
Physical and sexual violence while on a date can have long-term traumatic effects for teens and adolescents. A metanalysis examines whether prevention programs are effective at reducing the incidence of violence.
How a program to support women in medicine performed
A report offers insight into how the Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership program performed during its pilot phase.
FDA investigating impact of Omicron on available mitigation strategies
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating whether the new COVID-19 variant will evade current mitigation strategies and diagnostic tools.
Weighing the accuracy of Tanner staging
For girls with additional body weight, using Tanner staging to determine pubertal development may require more care.
HPV vaccine trial examines safety and efficacy
Surviving a bout of cancer early in life puts children and teenagers at risk of cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV). A phase 2 trial examined how effective a 3-dose series was in providing protection.
FDA approves vaccine in children aged 5 to 11
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to include children aged 5 to 11 years.
FDA approves flu vaccine for children as young as 6 months
Seqirus’s FLUCELVAX® cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine has been approved to expand the age indication to children as young as 6 months of age by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Telehealth coding tips
Telehealth has become increasingly popular as a result of the pandemic, which makes accurate coding for such visits more important than ever. A session at the virtual 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition covers appropriate coding.
Using telehealth to counsel teens on sexual health
Telehealth offers a whole new way to reach out to adolescent patients for critical conversations on sexual health, according to a session at the virtual 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.
Diagnosing and managing menstrual disorders in teen girls
A session at the virtual 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition highlights menstrual disorders in adolescent girls.
FDA approves Fortini™ formula for term infants with failure to thrive
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Fortini™, a formula meant for the nutritional needs of term infants with failure to thrive.
NIH awards $470 million to long COVID research
Long COVID remains a mystery, more than a year after the condition first arose. To find answers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has created a research initiative, awarding grants totaling roughly $470 million.
Racial disparities and neonatal morbidity
Racial disparities abound in health care. How do they impact neonatal morbidity?
Merck announces VAXNEUVANCE™ results
Merck has released promising topline results from their study of VAXNEUVANCE™, a 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, in infants.
Smell and taste of milk at feeding times to improve clinical outcomes
The smell and taste of food are important to digestion and growth. Does providing preterm infants with the smell and taste of milk at feeding times lead to better weight and measurement results?
First 1000 Days program shows improvement in newborn weight status
The first months of life set the course of a child’s health. How effective is an intervention at improving weight outcomes in the infant and use of postpartum care by the mother?
Neurodevelopment outcomes of extremely preterm births
As more extremely preterm infants survive delivery, a study examines whether the advances that allowed for that survival also improve neurodevelopmental outcomes.
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