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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

February 24, 2012


Pediatricians report upswing in vaccine refusal, dismissing patients

A survey of pediatricians from Connecticut reveals that more parents are refusing vaccines for their children, and pediatricians are increasingly dismissing families from their practices for vaccine refusal. How would you address the concerns of such families in your practice? There are tools available to help. » More

Children’s sleep: Never enough?

Over the years, children’s sleep has consistently fallen short of recommendations, although it has never been established exactly how many hours children of different ages should be sleeping. One new study shows that actual sleep time is decreasing, whereas another suggests that current guidelines may not accurately reflect the amount of sleep children need for optimal school performance. Find out why children never seem to get enough sleep, despite changing guidelines. » More


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Last month we asked if you agreed with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when she overruled the FDA decision that would have made emergency contraception available over the counter to all women, including those younger than 17 years old. See what your colleagues said here.


7.5 million kids live with risks related to parents with alcohol-use disorders

One in 10 children younger than 18 years lives with a parent who has experienced an alcohol-use disorder in the past year, setting them up for subsequent biological, psychological, and environmental problems. There are a number of resources available to practitioners to help identify these children and to help them and their families. » More

Research reveals brain differences at 6 months in infants who develop autism

An ongoing study that could lead to an imaging biomarker for autism as early as 6 months, before the onset of observable behavioral symptoms, may also eventually provide practitioners an avenue for earlier intervention in autism spectrum disorders. » More


EHRs increase obesity diagnosis and management in pediatric patients

Use of electronic health record (EHR) computer-assisted decision tools can increase identification, diagnosis, and counseling for overweight and obese children and adolescents, a study of a large pediatric population suggests. Find out how these tools can help overcome barriers to weight management for your patients. » More

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