pediatrics

Vitamin D deficiency associated with pediatric obesityVitamin D deficiency in children is associated with being overweight while sufficiency is associated with a healthy BMI, researchers reported in December.
Less surgery, but more admissions for infantile hemangiomaUse of the oral beta blocker propranolol for treatment of infantile hemangioma is likely behind sizable increases in resource utilization, but also decreases in the need for surgery.
FDA takes tough stance on kids’ opioid cold medsFDA is taking its toughest stance yet on opioid-containing cough and cold medications for children.
Integrated care can benefit pediatric asthmaticsA new study reveals interesting findings about improving the health of pediatric asthma patients and integrated care programs.
Study characterizes safety of pediatric psoriasis treatmentsA retrospective review of pediatric patients treated for psoriasis with systemic agents provides much needed insight about the safety and tolerability of these medications.
Landmark study identifies asthma in infantsA Canadian study reveals how clinicians may be able to identify whether asthma will develop in patients as young as age one.
Immuno-oncology bladder drug wins approvalSoon after approving the same drug for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, FDA approved immuno-oncology avelumab (Bavencio) for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma.
How one hospital reduced pediatric epilepsy emergency visits, admissionsNationwide Children’s Hospital sees dramatic drop in ED visits and inpatient admissions for epilepsy patients with collaborative quality improvement project.
Impact of childhood atopic dermatitisInstructional handouts help caregivers stick to complicated treatment plans for pediatric AD patients. Historically effective AD treatments are being augmented with new phosphodiesterase inhibitors and biologics. Gentler approaches such as massage, light therapy, and melatonin may also be of value for children with AD.
How to target high-risk populations with behavioral healthHere are four of the top benefits of incorporating behavioral health management into care management plans for members with chronic conditions.