I boarded the 8:30 Metro-North railroad train home from Manhattan recently after leaving a medical meeting. It had been a long and productive day, but now I was searching for a mint in my pocketbook because I had a weird taste in my mouth. All I found was a lollipop. Just before the train left Grand Central, a family of three hurried on and sat near me. The father said, “My ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Peds Serve as Primary Prevention for Child Abuse. Physical abuse of children and infants is often difficult to diagnose, but can lead to lifelong physical and mental health disorders, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  2. Blood Test to Guide RA Tx Proves Cost ...

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It was the boy who was unable to speak who ended up teaching me the most. I was seeing patients in the epilepsy clinic during my neurology rotation. The attending physician with whom I was working, an internationally renowned pediatric epilepsy specialist with a penchant for attracting exceedingly complex cases, wanted me to observe the end of a patient session with one of the child neurology fellows. I entered the patient’s room ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Kids from Military Families Less Likely to be Fully Immunized. Young children in military families were less likely to be up to date with their vaccinations than other U.S. children, according to National Immunization Survey data (NIS) from 2007 to 2012.
  2. Delay Threatened for SGR Repeal. Conservative objections over ...

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Angel was then, and is even now, one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen and I have seen many in my thirty years as a child abuse pediatrician. Yet, to look at her today, asleep against her foster mother’s shoulder, one could never guess at the devastation wrought upon her. I first met Angel, then only a few months old, in the pediatric intensive care unit just before ...

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An increasing amount of parents are choosing to delay or spread out vaccines for their infants and toddlers. Dr. Allison Kempe and her colleagues at the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that in a typical month, 93 percent of pediatricians and family physicians reported that some parents of children less than 2 years of age requested to spread out their vaccines. The findings, published in the April 2015 edition ...

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People like tests. You get numbers, and maybe a printout, and there’s science and blood and things just feels more ... serious, when testing is done. You can picture Marcus Welby (or perhaps a more modern physician), looking solemn, declaring “We’d better run some tests.” Are medical tests magical and mysterious, and can they unlock the secrets of life? Usually, no. And among the worst and most misunderstood tests we do are ...

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“I want to hurt myself.”

That was the only thing written on an otherwise blank page. The other day, the mother of a bright second grader, showed me that alarming note.  Apparently the boy wrote it at his school. She went on to tearfully explain that her child has constantly been bullied ever since joining the institution. Sadly, it is not uncommon to encounter such stories when your profession is ...

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I have now been a “Tweetiatrician” for six weeks. Yes, I am a relatively late adopter of new social media technology but it’s been quite an education. I signed up for Twitter after the measles outbreak in Disneyland to join in on Wendy Swanson’s #MeaslesTruth twitterstorm to encourage families to vaccinate their children. Since that time, I have joined followed conferences from afar (which is really useful) and tweeted primarily about ...

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Alarming headlines, based on a recent study, declare that diagnosis with ADHD doubles the risk of early death. Psychiatrist Stephen Faraone, commenting on the original study published in the Lancet, concludes that: “for clinicians early diagnosis and treatment should become the rule rather than the exception.” This conclusion represents a false assumption that the deaths occurred in cases that were not treated. The large cohort study in Denmark, that looked at records of ...

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