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Michael G Burke, MD
Pediatricians rarely discuss umbilical cord blood banking with parents
Only 22% of pediatricians speak to prospective parents about umbilical cord blood banking (UCBB), according to a survey of 473 general and subspecialty pediatric providers.
Rhinovirus and osteoarticular infections due to K kingae have the same seasonality
Human rhinovirus (HRV) and Kingella kingae osteoarticular infections are highly active at the same time of year—the fall—a study in Paris found.
Top 10 studies you can't miss
Dr. Michael Burke has selected 10 articles published during the last 12 months in Contemporary Pediatrics that he says are worth a second look.
Screening rule differentiates between vasovagal and cardiac syncope
Screening children and adolescents who experience syncope using characteristics in the history, physical exam, and electrocardiogram (ECG) accurately identifies which patients require further evaluation for cardiac problems, a new study concluded.
New tool helps monitor asthma symptoms
The new Asthma Symptom Tracker (AST), which rests on weekly (instead of traditional monthly) use of the Asthma Control Test (ACT), facilitates monitoring of patients’ symptoms and rapid recognition and response to warning signs of deterioration in asthma control, a new study found.
Insights into racial differences in vitamin D levels
Compared with whites, blacks consistently have lower levels of total vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and elevated levels of parathyroid hormone (considered a sensitive marker of vitamin D deficiency), often leading to a diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency.