• Rhinovirus most often caused HA-VRIs in two hospitals

    on January 13th, 2017
    FROM JOURNAL OF THE PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY Health care–associated viral respiratory infections (HA-VRIs) were common in two pediatric hospitals, with rhinovirus the most frequent cause of the infections in a 3-year analysis. The incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed HA-VRIs was 1.2[...]
  • Resources and technologies are making teen drivers safer

    on January 12th, 2017
    AT AAP 16 SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Clinicians and parents should capitalize on a variety of resources and new technologies that help keep teen drivers safe behind the wheel, according to Dr. Joseph O’Neil, a pediatrician at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. “As I[...]
  • Perfect attendance

    on January 11th, 2017
    A few years ago I audited a college course on leadership taught by Angus King (I-ME), former governor and now independent Senator from Maine. He emphasized that an important characteristic of effective leaders is that they show up for work. They are there, present, on the scene. Attempting to lead i[...]
  • Children with infantile spasms or nonsyndromic epilepsy achieve similar outcomes

    on January 11th, 2017
    AT AES 2016 Houston (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Infants and children who had epilepsy that was not identified as being part of a syndrome fared slightly worse in developmental outcomes and pharmacoresistance than did those with West syndrome/infantile spasms, Dravet syndrome, or another type of syn[...]
  • Chest-worn seizure detection device shows promise

    on January 10th, 2017
    AT AES 2016 HOUSTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – An investigative, chest-worn device shows promise for detecting a wide range of seizure types in children with epilepsy, results from a small single-center study showed. “Our goal is for parents to have more peace of mind, not feeling like they have[...]
  • Lab values poor surrogate for detecting pediatric Rocky Mountain spotted fever in children

    on January 10th, 2017
    FROM PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY The three fatalities observed in a retrospective analysis of six cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in children were associated with either a delayed diagnosis pending laboratory findings or delayed antirickettsia treatment. “The fact that all fatal cases died [...]
  • USPSTF reaffirms need for folic acid supplements in pregnancy

    on January 10th, 2017
    FROM JAMA The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continues to recommend that all women planning or capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement of 0.4-0.8 mg of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects in their offspring. The task force “concludes with high certainty” that the benefits [...]
  • Adolescents, boys, black children most likely to be hospitalized in SJS and TEN

    on January 9th, 2017
    FROM PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY Annual hospitalization rates in the United States for Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) were shown to be higher in adolescents, boys, and black children, in a cross-sectional analysis of discharge records from more than 4,100 hospitals. Us[...]
  • United States about to top 40,000 Zika cases

    on January 9th, 2017
    The number of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika infection jumped up a bit at the end of 2016, and the United States approached 40,000 Zika cases among all Americans at the beginning of the new year, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 18[...]
  • IPV boost after initial OPV offers sustained protection to at least 11 months

    on January 9th, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES Protection against the poliovirus is lower at 1 month but remains sustained at 6 and 11 months after an inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) boost following initial oral poliovirus vaccination (OPV), according to Jacob John, MD, of Christian Medical College, V[...]
  • Guidelines for diagnosing TB in adults, children

    on January 6th, 2017
    FROM CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES A Clinical Practice Guideline for diagnosing pulmonary, extrapulmonary, and latent tuberculosis in adults and children has been released jointly by the American Thoracic Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Infectious Diseases Society of [...]
  • First drug for spinal muscular atrophy approved

    on January 6th, 2017
    The antisense oligonucleotide drug nusinersen is the first therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy. The drug was developed by Ionis Pharmaceuticals and will be marketed by Biogen under the brand name Spinraza. The antisense [...]
  • VIDEO: ECG screen for cardiac disease in all youths is cost effective

    on January 5th, 2017
    AT THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS NEW ORLEANS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Results of a first-of-its-kind nationwide U.K. cardiac disease screening program in the general population of teens and young adults indicate that incorporating a 12-lead ECG alongside history and physical examination not only i[...]
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