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Pediatrics

Do LABAs given with glucocorticoids increase severe asthma events?Results of a randomized trial in children with asthma comparing concomitant use of the inhaled glucocorticoid fluticasone propionate plus the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol with use of fluticasone alone indicate that the answer to this question is “no.”
How to help adult children of alcoholic parentsWhat would make pediatricians wonder if a parent in their office might be “an adult child of an alcoholic parent?” The following case could be viewed as representative.
Infant with facial lesions and respiratory distressA 2-month-old Hispanic girl is transferred by her pediatrician to the emergency department (ED) for evaluation of decreased oral intake, failure to thrive, and large bleeding facial hemangiomas.
Adolescent with enlarging asymptomatic birthmarkAn 11-year-old girl asks her pediatrician about an asymptomatic birthmark on her right thigh that drains clear to slightly bloody-tinged fluid occasionally when scratched. It has increased in size proportionally as she has grown.
Why kids and teens commit suicide (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a recent study published in Pediatrics that examined why kids and teens are committing suicide; how they are doing it; and what groups were most likely to do it.
How to diagnose neurologic problems in neonatesThe presentation described a number of neonatal neurology issues about which pediatricians commonly have questions and described an efficient and evidence-based approach to doing a neonatal neurology exam called the Dubowitz exam.
Counsel parents on environmental health issuesPediatricians are often asked questions by parents about the effect of environmental exposures on the health of their children. Although some environmental exposures can be detrimental to children’s health, not all are despite the often erroneous claims made by the media.
Strategies to minimize liability risk in pediatric practiceGiven the crucial role pediatricians play in the health of children and in the US healthcare system in general, it is vitally important that pediatric practices understand what the actual legal obligations and risks are for providing pediatric services.
Recognizing signs of sexual assault in teensSexual abuse among adolescents and young adults is very common. This presentation emphasized the key role pediatricians play in recognizing the signs of sexual assault in their patients and provided them with information on how to respond.
Updated guideline for “brief resolved unexplained events”A recently published 2016 guideline by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends replacing “apparent life-threatening event” or ALTE with the more accurate term “brief resolved unexplained event” or BRUE.