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Contemporary Pediatrics Staff
Implant stalls puberty 5 years or more
A subdermal once-yearly implant containing the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) histrelin delays puberty in children with central precocious puberty for up to 5 years and perhaps longer.
Chalk dust triggers milk allergy symptoms in kids
Low-powder chalk—frequently chosen by educators over older high-powder counterparts to keep hands and classrooms cleaner—can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms in milk-allergic children.
Online dare exposes kids to pulmonary risks
There’s a new game in town that’s sending adolescents to the emergency department. The “cinnamon challenge” is the latest online dare that tricks teenagers into risky behavior with potential consequences.
Pulse oximetry identifies newborns’ heart defects
Universal newborn screening for critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry has been successfully implemented in New Jersey with minimal burden on hospitals staffs, according to the first analysis of process data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Urine tests predict early onset NEC
Researchers have found that simple tests for levels of alanine and histidine in newborns’ urine can predict abnormal levels of gut bacteria before the onset of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Infantile colic may be caused by migraines
Infantile colic may be caused by migraines
Infants with colic who cry inconsolably in the first months of life may be suffering from pain associated with migraine headaches, suggests new research that investigated a link between migraines in older children and colic in infancy.
Guidelines blur treatment decisions for PID
Many physicians who treat adolescent girls with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are uncertain about choosing hospitalization or outpatient care for their patients by using current guidelines, a new study has found.
Doctors see more skin cancer in kids
Overall malignant melanoma diagnoses in children and adolescents have been rising steadily since 1973. A new study says that indoor tanning beds could be one factor for the increase of this skin cancer.
GERD diagnoses expose infants to overmedication
Physicians’ diagnoses of probable gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in infants who cry and spit up excessively often lead them to overmedicate healthy babies, according to new research.
Tobacco smoke may harm children’s kidneys
Adolescents exposed to tobacco smoke, whether through actively smoking or secondhand smoke, may show markers of kidney disease, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.