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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘AzAAP’

Academy of Pediatrics CEO to address local special-needs healthcare event

Karen Remley, AAP, pediatrician, CEO, Arizona appearance

At a time when public policies about health care and health insurance are being probed, picked apart and politicized, the highest-ranking representative of our nation’s pediatricians has no problem keeping her priorities straight. Dr. Karen Remley, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO and executive vice-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says it comes down to reminding […]

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Flu shots or nasal spray? Local pediatricians weigh in on CDC report

If you have young kids, you’re probably familiar with the flu intranasal spray that takes needles out of the equation. It can make a visit to the pediatrician for flu protection a tear-free experience with little ones. However, a new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Kangaroo care gives low-birth-weight babies an edge

Increasing the skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant improves survival rates for low-birth-weight babies, according to research published recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kangaroo care involves early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between newborn and mother, which is believed to help regulate the infant’s temperature and breathing rate. Kangaroo care also increased the […]

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How much is binge drinking?

teens, binge drinking, AAP

Despite recent declines, two out of every three students (66 percent) have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school, and over a quarter have done so by eighth grade. In 2014, half of 12th graders and one in nine eighth graders reported having been drunk at least […]

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Don’t pressure overweight kids about eating habits

childhood obesity, overweight parents, overweight teens

Worried about a middle or high schooler who is overweight? Not sure how to slow or reverse weight gain in a teen who could be on the path to obesity? A new study suggests that concerned parents might want to take a look at some of the ways they interact with their adolescents around food. “Parent/Adolescent […]

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How to handle conflicting advice on infant care

conflicting advice on infant care

When it comes to finding trusted information on infant feeding, vaccines and sleep environments, where do new mothers get their information? Researchers at Boston Medical Center surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,031 mothers of infants ages 2 to 6 months about advice they receive from doctors, nurses, family and media about pacifier use, breastfeeding, […]

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MRI studies confirm benefits of reading to preschoolers

reading aloud to preschoolers

New MRI studies confirm what early child educators have known all along: Reading to preschoolers exerts a positive influence on the developing brain. Behavioral evidence has already shown that children who receive regular read-aloud time—especially before starting school—experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills. But researchers wanted to know more about […]

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Asking Saves Kids (ASK): Tips on asking about guns

guns, household, children, kids, ASK, ask about guns

It’s a simple idea with the potential to prevent unimaginable tragedy. The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) campaign urges parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. ASK day takes place annually on June 21 to coincide with the beginning of summer, a time when most children are […]

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Which teens are at risk for firearm injuries?

teens, guns, firearm injuries, self-harm, teen suicide

The patient’s parents were blindsided. Not that their son found the gun and the bullets, but that he would actually load the weapon, turn it toward his head and pull the trigger. Phoenix Children’s Hospital physician Sara Bode, MD, was his pediatrician. She’d seen this young man grow up. Good family, well-educated, doing well in […]

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Gun accidents: how to ask if there are firearms in the home

gun safety, kids and guns, how to ask if there is a gun

Stories about kids who are injured or killed by firearms seem to be on the upswing these days—and they are extremely tough to hear. Even if a child or teen survives a shooting, the emotional and psychological damage for the victim—and the family—can last long after any physical wounds have healed. Children who are exposed […]

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