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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

September 16, 2011


Federal court affirms child safety, blocks Florida gag law

The US District Court, Southern District of Florida, has granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of a recent state law that bars pediatricians from asking patients if they have guns in the home and how they are stored. » More

AAP reaffirms HPV vaccine for girls

The American Academy of Pediatrics has corrected false campaign statements made this week by Republican presidential candidates that the vaccine for human papillomavirus, administered to girls and young women to protect against cervical cancer, is dangerous and can cause mental retardation. » More


Grief: How to tell when normal becomes pathologic in children

Some 5% of US children will lose a parent during their childhood or adolescence. It often can be difficult for pediatricians to detect when typical grief turns into something more pathologic. A new study offers some information on what is normal and what factors can lead to longer-term depression and dysfunction. » More


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No, but there has been a rise in the incidence in older adolescents
There has been a rise in incidence across all age groups

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To find out what percentage of providers know someone who refuses appointments for children on public assistance, click here.


Top court to decide whether providers can sue to block state Medicaid cuts

Can providers turn to the courts to block states from making drastic cuts to Medicaid payments? That is the issue ultimately to be decided by the US Supreme Court. The case involves California’s 10% rate cut for Medi-Cal in 2008, which providers claim violates the federal Medicaid Act’s guarantee of equal access to health care. Find out why this case is important and what could happen to Medicaid payments in your state if the court rules in favor of California. » More


Flu prevention emphasized in first CAP guidelines
for children

Treatment guidelines on community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are very clear on the critical first step: Make sure that your patients are immunized against influenza, a leading cause of pneumonia in children. The guidelines from 2 major infectious disease societies offer other valuable advice to help you diagnose accurately and respond effectively without overtreating. » More


Black children especially vulnerable to peanut, other food allergies

An unidentified food allergy can be life threatening for some children, but it is not always clear when screening is appropriate. A new study has found that self-reported black race and African ancestry, determined by genetic analysis, were associated with a high number of sensitizations to food, most notably peanuts. See what researchers have to say about the possible relationships between ethnic background and food sensitization » More

Fewer than 3 doses of HPV vaccine effective

The current protocol for HPV 16/18 vaccine, 3 doses over 6 months, can be expensive and inconvenient. Now, a new study suggests that fewer than 3 doses may be just as effective as the standard 3-dose regimen when it comes to preventing cervical cancer with one of the approved vaccines. Find out how this discovery came about and how it potentially could be used to increase vaccination rates.» More

Basketball’s safety no slam dunk: Young players suffer deformed femurs

Proponents often maintain that basketball is a safer sport for young athletes than rougher activities such as football or hockey. But that is not a slam dunk case, according to a new study, which found that playing basketball can lead to abnormal development of the head of the femur in young players, resulting in a deformed hip with impaired rotation and pain during movement. Read more to discover the longer-term implications of that injury.» More

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