Pediatrics

Low vitamin D linked to death and disease in kidsLow vitamin D levels can play a role in sudden, unexplained deaths.
Pediatric nurses tuned in to trauma-informed carePediatric trauma nurses are well-versed in practicing trauma-informed care to reduce post-traumatic stress in sick and injured children, but they could use more training in helping families cope, a new study reports.
Short checkups may overlook autism cluesThe usual 10 to 20 minutes allotted to a well-child visit may not allow enough time to pick up atypical behaviors that point to autism risk.

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Measles vaccines are safe, study confirms
Measles vaccines are safe, study confirmsTwo measles-containing vaccines are unlikely to result in adverse effects, a 12-year study has found.
PODCAST: Marvin L Wang, MD discusses the CDC’s draft recommendation on adolescent circumcisionMarvin L Wang, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of Newborn Nurseries at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the CDC’s draft recommendation on the health benefits and risks of circumcision in children and adolescents.
Kids eating too much pizza, study saysChildren and adolescents are getting too many calories and not enough nutrients from pizza, according to a new study of the impact of children’s pizza consumption on excess energy intake and dietary quality.

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More pediatricians using EHR systemsA new study reports that the percentage of pediatricians using electronic health records (EHRs) has increased from 58% to 79% since 2009, when passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act implemented incentives for adopting EHRs.
First FDA-cleared newborn screening test for SCIDThe US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing the first screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) in newborns.
High blood glucose in kids may slow brain growthChildren with chronically high blood glucose levels are more likely to show slower brain growth than children with normal glucose levels, a new study has found.
Study to examine laxative use in childrenThe US Food and Drug Administration has awarded a research grant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the safety of an adult laxative commonly used in children.

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