Lisa Hack
Detecting secondhand exposure to marijuana
A new urine test that quantifies very low biomarkers of marijuana smoke can help assess how much children are being passively exposed.
ACOG and AAP issue report on neonatal brain injury
A “broader perspective” and a “comprehensive multidimensional assessment” are necessary to establish a causal link between intrapartum hypoxic events and neonatal encephalopathy, according to the latest report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Task Force on Neonatal Encephalopathy.
Cesarean birth, early antibiotics alter immunity
Babies born via cesarean delivery and those treated with antibiotics during the first year of life are at least 3 times more likely to develop eosinophilic esophagitis, according to a new study.
Altered gut bacteria raising the rate of ASD?
Compared with children without autism spectrum disorder (ASD), children with ASD have significantly altered levels of certain bacteria-produced gut metabolites that affect brain function, according to a small study presented as a poster presentation at this year’s American Society for Microbiology meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Smoking crosses generational lines
The longer parents smoke around their children, the more likely the children are to become heavy smokers, according to the findings of a multigenerational study of smoking risk.
AAP updates drug testing guidelines
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations for drug testing of children and adolescents.
Smartphone device provides useful ECGs
A smartphone-compatible device provides remote electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings of sufficient quality to allow outpatient management of children and adolescents with arrhythmias, according to information presented at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in San Francisco, California.
Lipid-lowering agent slows growth of kidney cysts
Pravastatin—commonly used to treat lipid disorders—slows the progression of structural kidney disease in children and young adults with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, according to the findings of a randomized, placebo-controlled study.
Are antibiotics fueling an increase in asthma?
Antibiotic use during the first year of life can be associated with up to double the likelihood of childhood asthma, according to a retrospective, population-based study.
Video capsule endoscopy is safe for kids
Video capsule endoscopy is safe and effective for diagnosing and managing many gastrointestinal disorders in children, according to information presented during this year’s Digestive Disease Week in Chicago, Illinois.