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Eating Disorders, Part I: Recognition

April 27th, 2014
With all of the media coverage childhood obesity is getting these days, it's easy to forget about another food-related problem at the other end of the spectrum. It is less common but potentially much more deadly. And that is eating disorders. The number of children and adolescents being diagnosed with eating disorders has increased steadily and ...

The Importance of Good Handwashing

handwashing11 The Question: Does good handwashing technique decrease the incidence of gastroenteritis in children? The Study: In this Spanish study, half of the nearly 1,350 children 4-12 years old were instructed to wash their hands with soap ...

Cough Medicines

What's the best medicine to treat your child's cough? It may be no medicine at all. A review of the literature found nothing to support the use of these medicines to control cough in children. There ...

Attractive Cigarette Packaging

The Question: Do cigarette package claims influence the product's appeal to teens? The Study: Nearly 7,650 teenagers were shown a pair of cigarette packages-one pack with terms such as "natural" and "filtration," and the other pack ...

Strep Questions

Q How is strep throat different from an ordinary sore throat? A Since so many infections enter our bodies through our mouths or noses, most of the common infections that we see in children cause symptoms in the throat or nose. Sore throat itself is one of the most common presenting symptoms for physicians of both ...

Pesticides and Hypospadias

The Question: Is exposure to commercial pesticides while in utero a risk factor for developing hypospadias? The Study: There has been speculation that the male children of women exposed to commercial pesticides while pregnant are at an increased risk of being born with hypospadias-a birth defect when the opening of the urethra is not at the end ...

Ear Infections Vaccine Effectiveness

The goal of all vaccines is to prevent illness. They work by stimulating the child's immune system to produce antibodies against the disease without the child having to suffer from having the disease. Vaccines, however, do not always work, and boosters are one way to increase the effective of vaccines. But even they don't always ...

What Does My Child Have?

It is the time of year, at least in my hospital, where many of the kids admitted to the hospital carry one or more of these diagnoses. This is especially true of the littler ...

The High Cost of Kids

It is abundantly obvious that parents are having far fewer children these days than they did in the past. Why is that? Perhaps the most prominent reason is the current availability of safe, effective birth control. ...

Cough Medicine Dangers

The Question: How effective is the change in warning labels of cough and cold medicines? The Study: The makers of over-the-counter children's cough and cold medicines voluntarily removed their products in October 2007. In 2008, the ...

Age of Menarche and Age of Sexual Activity

The Question: Does early age of menarche (first menstrual cycle) increase the chances of early first sexual intercourse? The Study: The age of menarche was collected for 554 girls in Western Australia as was the age of ...

Smoking and Infectious Disease Deaths

The Question: Does maternal smoking while pregnant increase the risk of hospitalizations and deaths in infants? The Study: In this large retrospective study, researchers reviewed the records of more than 95,000 infants born in Washington state ...

Bedtime and Behavior

bedtime-behavior The Question: This study looked at a number of questions related to bedtime schedules and childhood behavioral issues. The Study: In this British study, researchers reviewed survey data on more than 10,200 children collected at three, ...