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NICU graduation is the icing on the cake for families heading homeFor parents of infants who require extra care after birth, experiences in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be filled with the anxiety and stress of frequent setbacks. Here's how one hospital helps parents mark the transition to home and bring a joyful closure to the NICU experience.
Bacteriotherapy holds promise for treatment of recurrent AOMA novel therapy to prevent recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM) shows promise in offering a new way to safely and effectively address this challenging problem.
When antibiotics work best in AOMAntimicrobial therapy for acute otitis media (AOM) is effective, but it’s not for everyone. A new study out of Finland shows that antibiotics are highly effective in treating AOM, but many children can also recover without them.
Get response ready for the anaphylactic momentEvery nurse practitioner should review the AAP guidelines and include an action plan in each of their practice settings. All providers should communicate information to all school, camp, and field nurses who are often the first to assess a child presenting with symptoms of anaphylaxis outside a medical facility.
Early exposure to infection may benefit preterm infantsA new study detailing the impact of early infection, antibiotics, and vaccines in preterm infants also offers hope that new vaccine therapies could help decrease sepsis and long-term damage in this vulnerable population.
Financing of vaccine delivery in primary care practicesPrimary care practices are the backbone of childhood immunization delivery, and have become indispensable in the promotion of public health. Over the last decades, however, the skyrocketing costs of vaccines have gone from a minor consideration in the overhead of a pediatric practice to one of significant financial burden, largely because of new vaccines.
Why children with diabetes are at risk for disordered eatingPatients with diabetes are at risk for developing inappropriate relationships with food, according to new research, highlighting the need for healthcare providers to provide more psychosocial support to this population.
How to perform a better physical examThere is a trend in internal medicine to get away from doing complete physical examinations on each visit, with a minimalistic approach to a healthy patient. I am not prepared to go that far just yet, but I have modified my examination in many ways over the years. Here are some gems I have unearthed.
Girl’s blistering rash spreads to eyes and faceA healthy 9-year-old female presents with a 1-day history of fever, progressive rash, conjunctivitis, and superficial oral ulcers.
Nervous teenager’s hands turn blueThe father of a healthy 15-year-old girl brings her to the emergency department (ED) for evaluation of blue hands.

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