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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

March 29, 2012


Misinformation limits teens’ access to emergency contraception

Although emergency contraception (EC) is safe, effective, and widely available, misinformation communicated by pharmacies to adolescents and their physicians can make it difficult for teens to obtain EC in a timely manner. Do you know how to counter the misinformation and help your patients access EC? » More


Long-term survival increases in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Five-year survival for acute lymphoblastic leukemia among children and adolescents treated through Children's Oncology Group clinical trials increased from 83.7% from 1990 to 1994 to 90.4% from 2000 to 2005, according to a study showing similar gains in 10-year survival. The researchers credited the advances to treatment that comes as part of rigorous clinical trials. » 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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Pediatricians should recognize symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, AAP says

Pediatric care providers should be familiar with the warning signs and symptoms of pediatric sudden cardiac arrest and ensure that those at risk are referred to a pediatric cardiac center for evaluation, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Learn why a comprehensive family history is critical in identifying individuals at risk. » More


Nurse-initiated treatment improves ED outcome for children with asthma

Children who present to the emergency department (ED) with moderate to severe acute asthma symptoms and receive oral corticosteroids from ED nurses show improvement earlier, are discharged sooner, and are less likely to be admitted to the hospital than children who are not treated until after assessment by the ED physician. Find out how a medical directive allowing nurses to initiate oral corticosteroid treatment significantly improved the efficiency of a pediatric ED. » More

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