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Pediatrics

How to beat burnoutPhysicians have some of the highest rates of professional burnout, and a new study picks apart what is contributing to burnout, job and life satisfaction, and perceptions of work-life balance among pediatricians.
Solid food introduction: Does age actually impact obesity risk?Feeding an infant solid foods early won’t make them any more likely to become obese, but there are still many reasons to consider later introduction to solid foods, according to a new report from the CDC.
Why playground injuries are on the riseSofter ground coverings and other safety measures are helping, but playground injuries are still on the rise, with monkey bars and swings posing the biggest threats.

The digital footprint: A new enigmaThe Millennial generation grew up using computers in classrooms and at home, thus they embrace a world full of technology that excites, providing instant feedback, gratifications, sometimes sadness, and rapid changes in their everyday world.
Impact of probiotics on C diff-associated diarrhea (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a meta-analysis published in the International Journal of General Medicine. The analysis examined whether probiotics were effective at reducing or preventing Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.
AAP updates guidelines for random, resolved infant eventsSometimes babies briefly stop breathing. Sometimes they can turn shades of blue. Sometimes, these things are not serious. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending a new, less threatening label for such events, in hopes of reducing unnecessary treatment and stress.

Irritable bowel syndrome and psyllium fiber in kids (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a randomized, double-blind trial published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study examined whether psyllium fiber could provide nonmedical relief to children and teenagers suffering from IBS.
Nasal cytology: An untapped diagnostic toolAlthough still underused among available diagnostic procedures, nasal cytology is viewed by many specialists as an indispensable adjunctive diagnostic exam that clinicians can and should use more often to optimally diagnose, treat, and manage the myriad of nasal disorders and diseases occurring in pediatric patients.
Small-particle inhaled corticosteroids: Paradigm shift in asthma treatmentNew research suggests that the use of small-particle inhaled corticosteroids as a first-line or step-up therapy for uncontrollable asthma in children would be more helpful in clearing symptoms and preventing exacerbations than traditional treatment approaches such as large-particle inhaled corticosteroids with or without the addition of long-acting beta 2 agonists.
CDC: Be vigilant in screening for psychological risk factorsThe CDC is calling on pediatricians to increase surveillance of mental, behavioral, and development problems that could continue into adulthood if left unnoticed.