Acute otitis media (AOM) was the third most frequent diagnosis in ambulatory care for patients under age 15 in the most recent National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and is the most common cause of antibiotic prescription for infants and children.
Dr. Able discusses a recent patient who suffers from Abdominal Migraine and the treatment options. An abdominal migraine is a condition that mainly occurs in children who are between five and nine years of age, although not often, it can also occur in adults.
Primary Care: The Heart of Medicine. Where is primary care today? We seem to have veered far from the country doc approach. Or maybe we haven’t veered as far as we think.
Just like in the old days, we still have the opportunity to affect lives, help patients create change, and be there for people in their times of need. Family Physicians, Internists and Pediatricians are the front line of care.
Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD. This program “Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD” will increase the awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the signs and symptoms of ADHD and competencies in distinguishing symptoms of adult ADHD compared to the childhood disorder. It will also raise participants’ awareness of the wide range of pharmacological agents available for treatment of ADHD, their benefits and risks, helping to implement their use to develop an individualized, integrated treatment program.
From the AAP: Cutting-edge Evidence about Circumcision. New scientific evidence suggests that while the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure, the benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys, according to an updated policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Asthma Management: Recent Insights and Updates. Asthma, characterized by reversible airflow obstruction, has afflicted people since ancient times. Described by Galen in the second century as epilepsy of the lungs, an array of famous people have suffered from asthma—from Ludwig von Beethoven to Billy Joel, from the ancient Roman philosopher and politician, Seneca to President Bill Clinton, and from baseball pitcher, Jim “Catfish” Hunter to Olympic medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. [1,2] Today, it is estimated that asthma affects 300 million individuals worldwide. In the US, its prevalence has increased dramatically in the last decade and now affects more than 25 million. Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children under 5 years old, and is the leading cause of morbidity reflected in absence from daycare,
‘Sexting’ Associated with Risky Sexual Behavior in Girls. Three of every four U.S. teenagers carry a cell phone, typically to keep in touch with friends and family and emergencies that may arise. In addition, teens use their phones to transmit text messages (texts). In fact, one study estimates that the average teen receives 3000 texts per month. And now that the technology has matured to allow the sending of video along with text, ‘sexting’ (‘sex’ plus ‘texting’)—the sending of graphic sexual images or messages electronically—has become more prevalent among teenagers.
Relieving the Pain of Infant Vaccinations. As if the whole subject of vaccinating infants isn’t prickly enough, it’s complicated by the fact that vaccinations hurt! In fact, parents cite the pain and crying as the most important reason they don’t have their children vaccinated.
Texting, Not Smoking. A new effort to help teens quit smoking makes use of one of teens’ most constant companions—the mobile phone. According to the program’s developers, 75% of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 own a cell phone, so “there is immense potential for mobile technologies to affect health awareness and behavior change among teens.”
Routine Vaccination Against HPV Recommended for 11- and 12-Year-Old Boys. Members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have voted to recommend boys ages 11 and 12 years should routinely receive three doses of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. In a second vote, the committee voted to extend routine HPV vaccinations to boys and men through age 21. In a third vote, the panel voted 13-0-1 to recommend the vaccine for men between the ages of 22 and 26 if they have sex with men or a weakened immune system.
Reducing Sleep-related Deaths in Infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just issued a new policy statement aimed at reducing all sleep-related deaths in infants, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In 1992, the AAP issued recommendations that all babies should sleep on their backs; although deaths from SIDS have declined by more than 50% since the early 1990s, SIDS remains the third-leading cause of infant mortality and the leading cause of postneonatal mortality (28 days to 1 year of age).
When Young Athletes Push too Hard. More than 30 million children in the United States between the ages of 6 and 18 years participate in organized and recreational sports, which helps keep those children fit and feeling good about themselves. But according to Thomas M. DeBerardino, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, adolescent sport-related injuries are on the rise so much that they have become a “silent epidemic.”
From Milk Banks to Facebook in Search of Breast Milk Print This Post Some new moms would like to breastfeed, but cannot. Some nursing women have more milk than they need. Learn how authorized milk banks are competing with the Internet and social media sites to match up these moms. There...
Making the Transition From Pediatric to Primary Care. Changing doctors is never easy. For teenagers new to advocating for their own healthcare, or those who have a chronic illness like diabetes or cystic fibrosis, the transition can be even more challenging.
Food Allergies Are More Common Than You Think! The topic of food allergy—and especially peanut allergy—is guaranteed to generate controversy. Schools, airplanes, and baseball stadiums have all established peanut-free zones. Is all this really necessary, or an overreaction? Are food allergies really that common among children?