cardiovascular disease

Get smart about metabolic syndrome!As pediatricians we are all too aware of our nation’s struggle with childhood overweight and obesity. Approximately 1 of every 5 children that we see in the office every day is obese. Despite tremendous efforts to reverse this trend, it is clear we are in this battle for the long haul.
Factoring the metabolic X syndrome
Factoring the metabolic X syndromeAlthough there is debate surrounding the definition of metabolic X syndrome in pediatrics and there are few long-term studies of outcomes in children with metabolic syndrome, pediatric metabolic syndrome needs to be on the radar of all pediatricians interested in ensuring a healthy adult life for their patients.
How to test kids for diabetesTesting glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) appears to predict children’s diabetes risk as well as fasting plasma glucose and 2-hour postload plasma glucose, according to a study on more than 2000 American Indian children.
Statin prescribing varies in patients with diabetesWide variation exists in practice-level statin prescribing for patients with diabetes, according to a new study.
Psoriasis research: IL-17, comorbidities take center stageBased on available evidence, dermatologists should at least discuss biologic drugs with patients who have moderate-to-severe psoriasis and cardiovascular comorbidities. Clearing the skin may improve cardiovascular disease, says an expert.
Aggressive blood sugar control slows diabetic eye disease progressionNIH-funded study shows less diabetic retinopathy progression among those who underwent intensive glycemic control.
Health costs rise for diabetes patientsHealthcare spending for people with diabetes rose nearly 6% in 2014, according to a new study. Find out what contributed to the rise.
Should women over 65 be screened for cervical cancer?A study questions the existing guidance saying only women over 65 years who have risk factors should be screened for cervical cancer. Also, do placental syndromes increase the risk of cardiovascular disease? Plus: A look at Gardisil 9's safety profile.
Treating obesity at ground zeroI found myself in the trenches of the war on obesity in 2000 when I began working as a general pediatrician at a local community clinic in Southern California. I immediately became aware of the day-to-day barriers that my patients were facing and I began to take on the responsibility of making sure that the children I was seeing would not only survive, but also thrive.
Cardiovascular drugs: Current spending, future outlookCardiovascular drugs are among the most widely used, since their indications are far reaching and address conditions that are prevalent among a large population.