Modern Medicine Feature Articles/Pediatrics

New AAP guidance addresses teens’ risky eating habitsGoals for NPs caring for children and adolescents with weight problems are early identification and referral to treatment in order to prevent the well-known adverse effects the diagnosis of eating disorders places on the child, adolescent, and family members—and, in time, the overall health of the adult population.
Why do so many kids die so soon following a cancer diagnosis?While improvements have been made to childhood cancer mortality rates, a recent research study aims to identify how many children die before being able to start treatment, and what interventions can be put in place to improve their chances.
Weigh the risk vs benefit of vaccines in autoinflammatory diseasePhysicians should be cautious when administering vaccines, particularly pneumococcal vaccines, to patients with autoinflammatory disorders, according to a new study.
Study compares non–vaccine-preventable illness in vaccinated, unvaccinated childrenA new study found that unvaccinated children suffer more from colds and the flu than their vaccinated peers, with study authors seeking to provide evidence-based data for parents who worry vaccines are too taxing on their child’s immune system.
Does medication really improve outcomes for kids with ADHD? (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a controversial UK-based study published in JAMA Pediatrics that examined how well pharmacologic interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) help education and health outcomes for impacted kids.
Novel antimicrobial shows promise for children with AOMChildren with acute otitis media (AOM) are routinely and successfully treated with antimicrobials, with data showing that the combination of amoxicillin-clavulanate (A/C) to treat AOM in children aged younger than 3 years is associated with more favorable outcomes than placebo.
Making it easier to prevent ear infections in childrenResults of a new study show the feasibility and efficacy of preventing otitis media (OM), and potentially treat OM recurrence, through the simple use of a Band-Aid to deliver a vaccine targeted at one of the most common pathogens responsible for OM.
Why aren't teens seeking eating disorder treatment?A recent study shows that only 1 in 5 teenagers seek treatment for eating disorders. The researchers hope that the study will create more discussion and research.
Acute pruritic eruption on a child’s face and handsYou are asked to evaluate a healthy 9-year-old girl with an itchy rash on her face, neck, and hands for a week. She had a similar eruption 1 month ago that resolved over several days. Although she has a history of poison ivy, her parents knew of no exposure. There was no history of new topical skin products. However, she had begun to eat more seasonal fruits recently, including strawberries, grapes, and mangos.
Pediatrician compensation: Are you earning enough?Readers of Contemporary Pediatrics will be pleased to know that according to Merritt-Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician search firms, the average starting salary offered to recruit pediatricians rose from $195,000 in 2015 to $224,000 in 2016, a 15% increase. You may be curious how your current compensation as well as your compensation model compares with that of your colleagues. More importantly, there may be ways for you to earn more—or avoid a painful pay cut if your patient visits are dwindling.