Karen Bardossi
High blood glucose in kids may slow brain growth
Children with chronically high blood glucose levels are more likely to show slower brain growth than children with normal glucose levels, a new study has found.
First FDA-cleared newborn screening test for SCID
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing the first screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) in newborns.
More pediatricians using EHR systems
A new study reports that the percentage of pediatricians using electronic health records (EHRs) has increased from 58% to 79% since 2009, when passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act implemented incentives for adopting EHRs.
Study to examine laxative use in children
The US Food and Drug Administration has awarded a research grant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the safety of an adult laxative commonly used in children.
High-dose vancomycin can injure children’s kidneys
High intravenous doses of vancomycin given to hospitalized children to treat antibiotic-resistant infections can increase the risk of acute kidney damage, a small study shows.
Another source of phthalate exposure for babies
Although some phthalates have been banned from children’s toys, infants can be exposed to the plastic softening chemicals when vinyl crib mattress covers emit them into the air in response to heat, new research reveals.
Text reminders increase flu vaccination in kids
Text reminders increase flu vaccination in kids
Young children are more likely to get a second dose of influenza vaccine when their parents receive reminders by text message, a new study reports.
Can older teens manage their own healthcare?
Even though most parents believe teenagers should transfer from a pediatrician to adult healthcare by 18 years of age, fewer than half think their adolescent can manage his or her own care. Only 30% of 18-year-olds make the transition, according to a recent national poll.
New intranasal pain relief for kids
An anesthetic, given by nasal spray, is a safe, needle-free alternative to opiates for relieving moderate to severe pain in children with limb injuries, according to the first randomized, controlled trial to compare intranasal analgesics in children in the emergency department.
Pediatricians advised to reveal mistakes
Tell patients and families about medical errors and apologize for any harm done, the authors of a recent Ethics Rounds article in Pediatrics counsel pediatricians.

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