Rachael Zimlich, RN
Ms Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Do mood disorders in teens increase CVD risk?
A new report examines whether or not adolescents with mood disorders also face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
CDC updates recommendations for 2015-2016 flu season
After a poor matchup to circulating viruses in the 2014-2015 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new vaccine for this year, along with updated administration guidelines.
Uncertainty about autism screening efficacy
A federal panel is asking for more research to support regular autism screening, stating in new draft guidance that there is not enough evidence that early, routine screenings recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many others are worthwhile.
New support for nonsurgical OME intervention
Antibiotics and other medications don’t do any good and surgery is sometimes an extreme fix for otitis media with effusion (OME). Now, a United Kingdom researcher is giving new credence to a nonsurgical treatment that children can do on their own at home.
Adoption of HPV vaccine increasing
Although more adolescents are being vaccinated against human papillomavirus, adoption rates for the vaccine are still low in the United States, with 4 out of 10 girls remaining unvaccinated.
Physician engagement tips for healthcare systems
As healthcare systems move toward new payment and delivery models, physicians are the key to success.
Mental health needs of transgender teens
Treatment of transgender teenagers may often focus on gender reassignment and hormonal therapy, but a new report offers a glimpse at a host of other issues that pediatricians can help these young persons manage.
What’s behind the drop in teen pregnancies?
A just-released survey from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals new insights into teenaged sexuality in the United States and data behind the falling teenaged birth rate.
Why antibiotic use in kids may lead to JIA
As if antibiotic resistance wasn’t problem enough, researchers now believe antibiotic use may play a role in the development of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
Top 5 unnecessary newborn tests and treatments
As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Academy of Pediatrics worked with a team of neonatologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to devise a list of the top 5 tests and treatments that can be left out of routine newborn care because of cost or lack of efficacy.

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