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Pediatrics

Preterm Babies Show Multiple Biological Markers of Ill Health in Later Life

A recent study to be published in the journal “Pediatric Research”, has found that babies born prematurely are at a disadvantage. They show multiple biological markers of ill health as adults. Considering the number of babies being born prematurely because of the advances in the medical technology, this may be a reason to worry about. Statistical data shows that 2% of the babies born in the developed countries are premature and the number is showing an increasing trend. Due to the better...

Delay in Treating Appendicitis in Children linked to more Complications

A delay of more than two days in treating a pediatric appendicitis patient after the patient has been admitted to the hospital has been found to be associated with an increase in the incidence of related complications. This is the finding of a new study which was presented yesterday at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. The study, called as "Missed Opportunities in the Treatment of Pediatric Appendicitis," was led by Dr. Justin Lee and...

Increasing Number of Parents Opting for Alternate Vaccination Schedule

An alarming number of parents are showing a growing mistrust for the official vaccination schedule which has been developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even among the parents who follow the recommended schedule, 28% believe in delaying the vaccines to prevent their side effects and 29% skip vaccines which they find unnecessary. These alarming findings have come out in a study which has been published in today’s issue of the journal “Pediatrics.” The study, which was...

Guidelines for Managing Pediatric Pneumonia

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have issued the first ever guidelines for diagnosing and treating community acquired pediatric pneumonia. The guidelines were compiled by a 13-member panel consisting of representatives from community pediatrics, public health, and the pediatric specialties of critical care, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, infectious diseases, pulmonology, and surgery, and led by John S. Bradley, MD,...

The American Academy of Pediatricians Urges Adolescents and Children to give up Boxing

In a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), the group has urged its members to oppose adolescents and children from taking up boxing as a sport. The group says that boxing can result in serious brain and facial injuries. The statement has been applauded by many other medical associations although it has been strongly opposed by the boxing community. According to Dr. Hans Forstl at the Technische Universitat Munchen in Munich, boxing is a sport where one deliberately...

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