Karen Bardossi
PHRs, EHRs raise privacy issues for teens, parents
Personal health records and electronic health records don’t meet the privacy and confidentiality needs of adolescents and their parents and will require significant changes to do so.
LARC use by teen girls increasing but still low
More adolescent girls are using long-acting reversible contraception—intrauterine devices and implants—although the rate of use remains low among girls aged 15 to 19 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
First national study of ADHD therapy in kids
Fewer than half of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were receiving behavior therapy just before the American Academy of Pediatrics released clinical practice guidelines in 2011, according to the first national study of behavior therapy, medication, and dietary supplements to treat ADHD in children aged 4 to 17 years.
Insufficient evidence for iron screening in kids
“Insufficient evidence” exists to recommend for or against screening for iron-deficiency anemia in asymptomatic children aged 6 to 24 months, the US Preventive Services Task Force states in a draft recommendation.
Weight gain more likely in minority kids
Children of minority ethnic groups—Hispanic/Latino, African American, and American Indian—are more prone to gain weight earlier in life than children of European descent, according to research findings presented at the American Heart Association’s March Scientific Sessions in Baltimore, Maryland.
Buying breast milk online is risky, experts warn
Many mothers who want to but can’t breastfeed their infants buy human breast milk on the Internet, not realizing that the unregulated online market is “dangerous” and can expose babies to health risks, according to an editorial in BMJ.
New quality measures for childhood sleep apnea
The American Academy for Sleep Medicine has endorsed new quality measures for identifying and treating obstructive sleep apnea in children.
Docs often overlook child sex trafficking victims
Physicians and other healthcare providers often fail to identify children who are victims of sex trafficking because of inadequate awareness and training, according to a new study.
Childhood asthma linked to fructose intake
Consuming large amounts of fructose during the second trimester of pregnancy and at 2 years of age is associated with a significantly increased risk of asthma in childhood, a new study has found.
Parents see many sugary drinks as healthy
Most parents know that soda isn’t good for their children, but many perceive other drinks with a lot of added sugar—fruit drinks, sports drinks, and flavored water, in particular—as healthy, a new study reports.

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