Contemporary Pediatrics Staff
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Most medicines are safe during breastfeeding
A new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs says that many medicines are safe to use for breastfeeding mothers, but it cautions that the risk for babies of exposure to any drug through breast milk must be evaluated for both the importance of the medication to the mother and the benefits of breastfeeding for the infant.
USPSTF updates tobacco use interventions
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendations for curbing tobacco use among school-aged children and adolescents.

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BBD and cancer risk rises among girls who drink
A girl who consumes 1 alcoholic drink per day between her first menstrual cycle and her first full-term pregnancy increases her risk of proliferative benign breast disease (BBD) and breast cancer, says a new study.
AAP guidelines for 2013-2014 influenza vaccination
AAP guidelines for 2013-2014 influenza vaccination
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released its guidance for influenza vaccination during the 2013-2014 influenza season. As always, AAP recommends that all children and adolescents aged 6 months and older receive either the trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine, and children should be immunized as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
Young men are increasingly abusing 2 new designer drugs
Bath salts (a synthetic form of cathinone) and synthetic marijuana (synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC) are popular new designer drugs of abuse, and exposures have been reported throughout the United States.

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Sick-visit immunizations
Do sick-visit immunizations dampen parental incentive to return for missed well-baby examinations?
Pediatric practices can successfully deliver parental smoking interventions
Pediatric practices can implement a tobacco dependence intervention for parents who smoke as part of routine child health outpatient care, a new study shows.
Homicide rates declined among young people from 2000 to 2010
To examine trends in homicides among those aged 10 to 24 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed National Vital Statistics System data on such deaths for the period 1981 to 2010 and described trends by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and mechanism of injury.
Autism too often missed in Latino children
Barely one-fourth (29%) of primary care physicians offer Spanish screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and only 1 in every 10 offers both Spanish general development and Spanish ASD screening as recommended by AAP.

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