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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

February 16, 2012


Serious physical abuse rates highest in infants, Medicaid patients

Children younger than 1 year and children on Medicaid are the most likely to suffer serious injuries because of physical abuse, according to an analysis of data from a US database. The study was the first to provide estimates on the number of US children hospitalized as a result of serious injuries from physical abuse. Learn what data identified poverty as a major risk factor for abusive injuries. » More

Meningococcal B vaccine is immunogenic when given with other infant vaccines

A multicomponent meningococcal B (4CMenB) vaccine induces an immune response in healthy infants and can be given safely with other routine vaccines, according to a European multisite, randomized study. Read why study results suggest that 4CMenB can be incorporated into various immunization schedules. » More


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Improving the odds of a very premature baby reaching a second birthday

Preterm infants born with extremely low birth weights have an increased risk of death during the first years of life. Find out why it is important to identify and try to correct modifiable factors that account for increased mortality in very premature infants after hospital discharge. » More

Ultrasound a reliable alternative to x-rays for DDH screening

Clinicians can avoid exposing asymptomatic infants to ionizing radiation by substituting ultrasound for plain radiography as a reliable screening modality for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). New research allays clinicians’ growing concerns about using radiation in very young children to detect this common congenital birth defect. » More

California initiative offers free condoms to reduce transmission of STDs among teens

The California Department of Public Health and the California Family Health Council have launched a new project that is designed to reduce the rate of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases among teens by making free condoms available year round. Could such an initiative work in your state? Learn about the details of this innovative program.
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