Paediatrics

2016/09/01MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Canada: Childhood obesity in decline?

by Gary Finnegan: After years of increases, the rates of children who are overweight or obese are declining in Canada, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

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2016/08/24MEDICAL UPDATE

Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma in young children

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment of pain and fever with acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc.) does not exacerbate asthma in young children, researchers reported on August 18 NEJM/New England Journal of Medicine.

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2016/07/07MEDICAL UPDATE

Single paediatric anesthesia entails no apparent cognitive risks

by Bruce Sylvester: A single exposure to general anesthesia does not lead to a cognitive risk in healthy children under age three, researchers reported On June 7, 2016 in JAMA/ Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2016/03/07MEDICAL UPDATE

Cystic fibrosis drug ivacaftor benefits pre-school children

by Bruce Sylvester: Ivacaftor appears to be safe and efficacious for children ages 2 to and 5 with a specific type of cystic fibrosis, researchers reported  on  Jan. 20,2016 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The findings suggest a therapeutic opening in early life when eventual organ damage from cystic fibrosis might be reduced.

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2016/03/04MEDICAL UPDATE

Corticosteroid treatment for late preterm delivery lowers neonatal respiratory complications

by Bruce Sylvester: Researchers report that corticosteroids treatment of mothers at risk for late preterm delivery significantly reduces the incidence of severe respiratory complications in their babies.

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2016/02/24MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Ireland: Study predicts risk of Caesarean delivery

by Gary Finnegan: Researchers have developed a new scoring system that rates women’s risk of Caesarean section. The study combines a range of indicators to help maternity hospitals better manage patients and resources, and to prepare pregnant women for the possibility of surgery.

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2016/02/19MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: Norway: Weight increase in babies raises diabetes risk

by Gary Finnegan: Infants that gain weight in their first year of life are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, according to a study of children born in Norway and Denmark.

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2015/12/16MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters – Canada: Higher rates of preterm birth in black population

by Gary Finnegan: Black women in Canada have substantially higher risk of preterm birth than white women, according to a new study which mirrors disparities previously reported in the US population.

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2015/12/15MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters – Denmark: Pertussis linked to small increase in epilepsy

by Gary Finnegan: Researchers in Denmark have found a small but significant increase in the risk of developing epilepsy among children who had hospital-diagnosed pertussis infections. While the absolute risk is low, it is the first time the two diseases have been linked in this way.

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2015/10/29MEDICAL UPDATE

Oxytocin helps young children with autism

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment with  oxytocin, a synthetic hormone, significantly improved social, emotional and behavioral parameters among children with autism, researchers reported on Oct. 27, 2015 in Molecular Psychiatry.

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