Pediatrics

LARC use by teen girls increasing but still lowMore adolescent girls are using long-acting reversible contraception—intrauterine devices and implants—although the rate of use remains low among girls aged 15 to 19 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
First national study of ADHD therapy in kidsFewer than half of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were receiving behavior therapy just before the American Academy of Pediatrics released clinical practice guidelines in 2011, according to the first national study of behavior therapy, medication, and dietary supplements to treat ADHD in children aged 4 to 17 years.
Insufficient evidence for iron screening in kids“Insufficient evidence” exists to recommend for or against screening for iron-deficiency anemia in asymptomatic children aged 6 to 24 months, the US Preventive Services Task Force states in a draft recommendation.

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New vaccine effective for 9 HPV strainsA new 9-valent vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) has shown nearly 100% efficacy against 5 additional strains of the virus when compared with quadrivalent HPV vaccine, and it is now recommended for routine vaccination by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Weight gain more likely in minority kidsChildren of minority ethnic groups—Hispanic/Latino, African American, and American Indian—are more prone to gain weight earlier in life than children of European descent, according to research findings presented at the American Heart Association’s March Scientific Sessions in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mobile clinic to the rescuePediatrician Randal C. Christensen, MD, MPH, medical director of Crews’n Healthmobile, says he has the best job in the world. “I literally spend my clinical time taking care of homeless children and teens. I don’t have to ask for insurance cards or wait for them to come and see me. I go and see them,” he says.

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Evidence-based support for breastfeeding
Evidence-based support for breastfeedingAlthough nearly 80% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 50% of mothers are still breastfeeding at 6 weeks, and less than 15% are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months.
Prediabetes or T2D?In pediatric patients, the relatively rapid progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) requires pediatricians to know whom, when, and how to screen for these conditions and to anticipate the likely development of comorbidities in children who develop T2D.
PODCAST: Gut checkAmong recent research on nonpharmacologic therapies for the often baffling sequelae accompanying autism, some of the most intriguing explores clues to its etiology. A.J. Russo, PhD, recently sat down exclusively with Contemporary Pediatrics to discuss his newly published study of how probiotics impact gut flora and biomarkers such as copper in children with autism—looking for their correlations with GI disease and behavioral symptom severity.
Using tech to fight kids’ obesityDespite our best efforts, pediatricians have little success in encouraging our patients to eat a healthy diet and get the recommended amount of daily physical exercise.

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