Pediatrics

Suicides rise sharply among black childrenSuicides among black children aged 5 to 11 years have increased significantly over the past 2 decades while suicide rates among white children have decreased significantly, a new study shows. Both trends have been masked by an overall stable suicide rate among elementary school-aged children.
LGBT teens at higher risk for pregnancyLesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents who are sexually active are at higher risk for unplanned pregnancies than their heterosexual peers.
New guidelines for hospital discharge of newbornsThe American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement updating guidelines for releasing healthy term newborns from the hospital. The new guidelines aim to ensure that both baby and mother are ready to go home based on their unique situation.

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Fear of parents impedes teen birth controlMore than two-thirds of teenagers who participated in a recent national survey said that the main reason they don’t use birth control is fear of parental discovery, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
More babies born with drug withdrawal symptomsFrom 2009 to 2012, the number of babies born in the United States with neonatal abstinence syndrome—symptoms of opioid withdrawal—almost doubled, pushing associated hospital costs to $1.5 billion, a new study reports.
Vaccinated but still getting pertussisRapidly waning protection among teenagers who have received the tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine is apparently contributing to an upsurge in pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, according to 2 recent studies.

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Sitting devices endanger sleeping infantsInfants who sleep in sitting or carrying devices such as car seats, swings, slings, or bouncers run a risk of suffocation, warns a new study.
First guidelines for kids with thyroid nodulesFor the first time, the American Thyroid Association has issued guidelines specifically for evaluating and managing benign thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer in children and adolescents aged 18 years and younger.
MOC reform: Latest developmentsAlthough I’ve been writing articles for Contemporary Pediatrics since 1988, I have never received as much supportive e-mail as I have in response to my 2 maintenance of certification (MOC) articles published in the January 2015 issue.
Coding griefKevin's mother and father came to what should have been his 4-month group well-child appointment without him.

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