The Updates in Pediatrics weekly newsletter provides concise information about a broad range of current pediatric topics to enhance the education of practicing primary care pediatricians. The scope includes translational research, infectious disease, neonatology, surgery and other relevant topics concerning the health of children.
About the Editor
Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
Director of Critical Care Medicine, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, (1984-2004).
Chairman, Bioethics Committee, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, 2006-present.
Editor-in-Chief, Updates in Pediatrics, formerly International Pediatrics, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, 2004-present.
Published over 120 articles.
Published on: 10/02/2017
Publication source: JAMA Pediatrics
A birth observational surveillance study of outcomes among 47,027 pregnant HIV infected women treated with three drugs and 11,932 HIV exposed infants from conception, indicates that adverse birth outcomes are lower when mothers are treated with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, emtricitabine, and efavirenz (TDF-FTC-EFV) compared to a number of other three drug regimens.
Published on: 09/09/2017
Publication source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Fecal samples from 36 preterm infants with LOS assessed by electronic nose technology (volatile compounds cause the smell of sweat, blood, urine, feces, etc. and are an indicator of the composition and activity of intestinal microbial metabolism) can be differentiated from matched normal controls up to 3 days prior to the clinical onset of the disease. Stool VOC profiling is clinically feasible and is potentially an exciting area for future studies in at risk infants.
Published on: 09/04/2017
Publication source: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
A retrospective study of 576 consecutive children who underwent loop drainage (cf. abscess packing) of a subcutaneous abscess indicates that micro-incisions and loop drainage is safe, effective, has shorter time to discharge, lower recurrence rates, less scarring, eliminates the need for repetitive packing and is recommended to be the standard of care for subcutaneous abscess in children.
Published on: 06/28/2017
Publication source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Fruit juice is marketed as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and, in some instances, calcium. Because juice tastes good, children readily accept it. Although juice consumption has some benefits, it also has potential detrimental effects. Pediatricians need to be knowledgeable about juice to inform parents and patients on its appropriate uses.
Published on: 06/28/2017
Publication source: BMJ Journals
CFS/ME is characterized by 6 months of fatigue (that doesn't disappear with sleep or rest) significant enough to interfere with daily activities and 4 or more symptoms which include cognitive problems, sleep problems, sensitivity to light, depression, headaches, joint pains, recurrent flu-like symptoms etc.
Published on: 04/24/2017
Publication source: Pediatric Pulmonology
Risk of death from CF (median age 13.4 years) identified at 6-8 years of age include: female sex, unknown CFTR genotype, minority race or ethnicity in the USA, low socioeconomic status, pseudomonas aeruginosa positivity (on >2 cultures), and weight <50 percentile.