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Pediatrics

Why you should screen for suicide risk oftenSuicide has jumped form the third to the second leading cause of death for teens, and the AAP says pediatricians are uniquely positioned to spot risk factors that could lead to suicidal ideation or behaviors.
Why parents spank their childrenA new poll found that about a quarter of parents spank, but most believe it’s not a very effective punishment. Instead, parents would like experts, like pediatricians, to give them clear guidance, individualized for their child, on discipline methods that work.
Zika screening: Is looking for microcephaly enough?A look at Brazilian Zika virus cases indicates that looking for just microcephaly may cause doctors to miss cases of congenital Zika virus infection. Plus: Why do women fare worse following cardiac arrest than their male counterparts?

ADHD: Are off-label atypical antipsychotics appropriate?The amount of off-label uses of atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPs) prescribed for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) raises questions about the appropriateness of AAPs for this indication.
Does ADHD lower frustration tolerance? (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The study looked at whether there was a correlation between ADHD and frustration tolerance in children.
Who faces poor urologic surgery outcomes?A new report reveals that black children, and children undergoing more invasive bladder and urinary diversions, undergo more complications after surgery than their peers.

Should teens go to pediatric or adult trauma centers?Pediatric trauma centers may be the best place to take adolescents when they are injured, but authors of a new report say a recommendation against adult or mixed trauma centers would be impractical.
On the AAP's latest clinical report on teen suicideI want to commend the new Clinical Report, “Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents,” issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence. The lead author, Benjamin Shain, MD, and the Committee wrote a clear, concise, well-referenced report that is highly relevant to the practicing primary care pediatrician.
Lead: Not just an issue in FlintA new report reveals that many areas of the country—not just Flint—are struggling to keep children safe from dangerously high lead levels, and numerous agencies are calling for increased surveillance and mitigation efforts.
Cleft lip and palate: Team approach to treatmentA look at how one hospital is tackling cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial conditions.