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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

March 15, 2012


ECG reliable screen for SCD but concerns remain

The electrocardiogram (ECG) and the echocardiogram are acceptable screening tools for detecting common causes of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in children, according to a recent meta-analysis of the literature. However, more data are needed before adopting screening programs for asymptomatic children as public policy. Find out what concerns remain about widespread screening. » More


Vitamin D protects against stress fracture in adolescent girls

Vitamin D intake can cut the risk of stress fractures in adolescent girls in half, especially in those who engage in increased levels of high-impact activity, according to new study results. Could high calcium intake do the same? » 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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Preterm birth, even by 2 or 3 weeks, tied to health risks in early years

A recent study suggests that health outcomes of moderate or late preterm and early term infants are worse than those of full-term infants in the early years of life and that babies born even a few weeks early have worse health outcomes. What are the implications for long-term health outcomes of preterm births on future health care services for infants and children? » More

Internet treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome highly effective

The developers of a dedicated, Internet-based therapeutic application for adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome—myalgic encephalomyelitis—say that in a study of treatment through the Fatigue In Teenagers on the interNET program, 63% of adolescents reported having recovered after 6 months, almost 8 times as many as those given standard care. Now effective treatment for adolescents suffering with chronic fatigue could be as close as their laptops. » More

Breast milk or sugar water to relieve pain in preterm infants?

Sweet-tasting solutions such as glucose and sucrose are commonly used to alleviate pain in infants undergoing minor invasive procedures. Expressed breast milk may be an alternative to sweet solutions, but evidence of its analgesic efficacy is limited. Two new studies look at what works for neonatal pain relief. » More

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