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Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

Contemporary Pediatrics eConsult

August 25, 2011


Flu vaccine nasal spray more effective in young children

With influenza being one of the most common reasons for hospitalization of children, finding the most effective vaccination combination is increasingly important. That's what researchers recently set out to do, finding that although the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray and trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine shots are effective, only the nasal spray may confer additional immunity. Could a change in guidelines be on the horizon? » More

ADHD increasing, especially among economically disadvantaged children

Here's some new information that can help when you're determining whom to screen for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: ADHD prevalence has increased to 10% for children with family income less than 100% of the poverty level and to 11% for those with family income between 100% and 199% of the poverty level compared with a 7% to 9% overall increase, according to a National Center for Health Statistics report. Read more to find out what other indicators were linked with above-average increases in the disorder's prevalence. » More


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Liability & Malpractice

Getting sued unlikely, but pediatricians face large payouts

Pediatricians have a considerably lower-than-average probability of being sued for malpractice compared with most specialties, but when plaintiffs prevail, their mean payouts are the highest of any physicians, according to a recent study. The mean indemnity payment for pediatricians was $520,923, almost twice as much as the mean for all physicians. But there's good news too: read the study results and get the complete picture. » More

New Research

Deeper voice could signal dangerous time for boys

Research has found that the "accident hump," when the risk of death dramatically increases along with testosterone, for boys is trending downward into younger years. With physical maturity occurring earlier than ever, pediatricians should warn parents that their sons' deeper voices may mean more, not less, supervision is necessary. » More

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Do you have a story about something in your practice that deeply affected you or changed your life or career? A poignant story involving one of your patients or their parents that particularly touched you? A surprising revelation that caused you to change the way you work with your patients or your staff? Contemporary Pediatrics is looking for submissions for our Postscript. Please send your stories to Kathy Method, chief editor, at [email protected].

Health Law & Policy

New tools to help counsel parents hesitant about vaccines

The start of school means an increase in questions about vaccine safety from parents who need to update their children's immunizations. Just in time, FDA has archived materials that pediatricians can use to reassure parents of the safety of the recommended vaccine schedule. Read how to access these materials and others that might be helpful. » More

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