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More time spent standing in school reduces BMIChildren who spent 2 consecutive years in classrooms outfitted with desks at which they worked standing (or while sitting on a stool) had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than their peers in classrooms with traditional standard desks, a recent study reported.
Why aren’t pediatricians recommending HPV vaccination more strongly?In a recently published essay to address this question, the authors suggest that pediatricians may present human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as optional or less urgent than other adolescent vaccines because they do not often read or hear about their patients’ being affected by HPV-associated cancers, which generally strike older populations.
Does a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages work?A study conducted in Berkeley, California, the first US jurisdiction to implement an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), found that consumption of SSBs decreased 21% in that city after the tax was imposed.
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.”
Some infantile hemangiomas can be managed with topical therapySuperficial, relatively thin infantile hemangiomas (IHs) responded to several months of treatment with topical timolol maleate in a recent trial, suggesting that this treatment is an alternative to oral propranolol for selected IHs.
Early bedtimes may lower risk for obesityPreschool-aged children who go to bed early are half as likely as those whose bedtime is late to be obese as adolescents, according to a new study.
Continued play after concussion lengthens recovery timeAthletes who continued to play after experiencing a concussion were 8.8 times more likely to take a long time to recover (≥21 days) than athletes who immediately left the field.
Are thumb-sucking and nail-biting bad for kids?Investigators examine whether thumb-sucking and nail-biting are all that bad.
Trial investigates if acetaminophen aggravates asthma symptomsYoung children with asthma who take acetaminophen to alleviate pain or fever are no more likely than those who take ibuprofen for this purpose to experience asthma complications, a randomized, double-blind trial showed.
Antibiotics weaken breastfeeding’s benefitsThe protective effects of breastfeeding against infections and overweight are reduced or eliminated by antibiotic use early in life, according to a retrospective study in 226 5-year-old Finnish children, almost all of whom had been breastfed for at least 1 month.

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