The pediatrician may be one of the only sources of advocacy, support, stability, and advice for the child in foster care. In that role, he or she must understand the needs and experiences of a foster child compared with other patients in the practice so that the unmet needs of this vulnerable population can be addressed.
About one-quarter of children who recently have been hospitalized live in food insecure households, which suggests that hospitalization presents a potential opportunity to identify these youngsters and help their families access nutrition assistance.
A retrospective case study in Brazil examines whether the Zika virus has ties to a birth defect other than microcephaly. Also, the USPSTF issues recommendations on screening for genital herpes. Plus: Does soy reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease in women with PCOS?
I believe we have an opportunity to improve the care of our children by overcoming the stigma of mental health disorders and other barriers, and by applying professional standards in the pediatric medical home for the provision of mental health services to children.
Remote patient monitoring offers the promise of improving patient outcomes. But experts say the technology will not become truly useful until the healthcare industry figures out how to reimburse physicians appropriately, and develops best practices for using remote monitoring to treat patients with chronic conditions.
“Insufficient evidence” exists to recommend for or against screening for iron-deficiency anemia in asymptomatic children aged 6 to 24 months, the US Preventive Services Task Force states in a draft recommendation.
Expanding blood pressure screenings to non-primary care settings can help identify more patients with high blood pressure and could contribute to better hypertension control and management, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.