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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

March 8, 2012


IOM finds improvements needed in laws governing pediatric drug studies

Two laws promoting pediatric drug studies have provided clinicians with a wealth of data on drug efficacy and safety in children, but a new report from the Institute of Medicine suggests that several improvements are needed before they are reauthorized this year. Read how the findings could help Congress strengthen the scope of the current laws to continue critical advances in drug studies that benefit the nation’s children. » More


Early snoring can have serious behavioral effects

Children who snore or who have other sleep-related breathing problems in the first years of life are more likely to have behavioral problems years later, according to new research. Addressing these problems early may prevent adverse behavioral outcomes. » More


A recent study reported by major news outlets found that pediatricians increasingly are dismissing families from their practices for refusing vaccines for the children. Contemporary Pediatrics would like to know: Would you dismiss patients if their parents refused to have them vaccinated?


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Last month we asked if you advise parents to have their newborn sons circumcised.
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Zinc has only modest effect in children with severe pneumonia

Zinc supplementation reduces children’s risk of pneumonia, but it has only marginal effect as adjuvant therapy for severe pneumonia in young children, according to a new study. Could there be other factors affecting study results? » More


Salmonellosis caused by small amphibians still a health risk for children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating another outbreak of human Salmonella enterica infections associated with pet turtle exposures in Pennsylvania. Here’s what you can tell parents and caregivers about the hidden health risks associated with these tiny creatures. » More

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