Oct 25th, 2021 - Baby formula trials are not reliable, and have an “almost universal lack of transparency” which could undermine breastfeeding, according to the results of a systematic review published in BMJ. The findings underscore the need for significant change in the way such trials are conducted and reported, concluded lead author Bartosz Helfer, PhD, of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial C.
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Oct 25th, 2021 - The Diagnosis: Striated Muscle Hamartoma Histopathologic evaluation revealed a dome-shaped papule with a center composed of mature striated muscle bundles, vellus hairs, sebaceous lobules, and nerve twigs (Figure) consistent with a diagnosis of striated muscle hamartoma (SMH). A, Scanning magnification revealed a dome-shaped papule with dense bundles of skeletal muscle in its core and pilosebac.
Oct 25th, 2021 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has rapidly spread globally since its emergence in December 2019. As of March 2021, >120 million infections have been reported, and >2.7 million deaths have been attributed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (1). The severity of COVID-19 and the risk for a complicated course of illness or death increase with age (2,3). In ter...
Oct 25th, 2021 - Sudden, rapidly progressing neuropsychiatric symptoms ranging from severe anxiety to delusional psychosis caused three teenage patients with recent COVID-19 to be hospitalized, researchers reported. Of the three pediatric patients, two had anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and antineural autoantibodies in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), wrote Samuel Pleasure, MD, PhD, of the University of California ...
Oct 24th, 2021 - If pushed through, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act would expand access to obesity treatment, using Medicare Part D to cover anti-obesity medication and behavioral therapy. (The Hill) One way to potentially help thwart excess weight in infants: a good night's sleep. "In this study, we found that not only shorter nighttime sleep, but more sleep awakenings, were associated with a higher likelihoo...
Oct 22nd, 2021 - Physicians may be able to help students get back on track after the pandemic derailed normal schooling, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician suggests. The disruptions especially affected vulnerable students, such as those with disabilities and those affected by poverty.
Oct 22nd, 2021 - Note that some links may require registration or subscription. In briefing documents submitted ahead of an FDA advisory committee meeting, Pfizer said its lower-dose COVID-19 vaccine showed 90.7% efficacy (95% CI 67.7-98.3) against symptomatic infection for kids ages 5 to 11. No end in sight -- at least, not yet -- for emergence of new COVID variants. (AP) India just passed the 1 billion-dose m...
Oct 21st, 2021 - Adding oral antibiotics to intravenous antibiotics with or without enema came out on top for reducing surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgeries, a network meta-analysis suggested. In the analysis of 35 randomized trials involving over 8,000 patients, this combination had the best probability of ranking first (86% chance) in reducing incisional SSIs, wh...
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Oct 21st, 2021 - This pruritic, eruption with yellowing atrophy and telangiectasias on the lower extremities is a classic presentation for necrobiosis lipoidica (NL). NL is a chronic granulomatous disorder with a predilection for the lower extremities.
Oct 21st, 2021 - Note that some links may require registration or subscription. Pfizer announced the first data from its phase III COVID-19 booster trial involving 10,000 individuals ages 16 and up. The study showed 95.6% efficacy (95% CI 89.3-98.6) for those who received a booster shot 6 months following their primary series: with five cases in the boosted group versus 109 in the non-boosted group. After a flu...
Oct 21st, 2021 - The FDA approved the digital therapeutic device Luminopia One for pediatric amblyopia, or lazy eye. The device is approved for children ages 4 to 7 years with anisometropia and/or strabismus and is available by prescription only. By means of a virtual reality headset, the device plays therapeutically modified television programs and movies that help correct the vision abnormality. The FDA appro...
Oct 20th, 2021 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health. COVID-19 has taken a serious toll, the organizations say, on top of already mounting challenges.
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Oct 20th, 2021 - A biopsy of the lesion was performed which showed an increased number of eccrine glands and blood vessels within the dermis. Some areas showed an increase in adipocytes and smooth muscle bundles.
Oct 20th, 2021 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children's Hospital Association have joined forces to declare a national emergency in children's mental health, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Today's declaration is an urgent call to policymakers at all levels of government -- we must treat this mental health crisis like the emergency...
Oct 20th, 2021 - The revamped U.S. kidney prioritization system appeared to better even the field in pediatric kidney transplant wait times -- by making organs similarly harder to get for children across races and ethnicities, according to a study. Measuring time from dialysis to transplantation, Black, Hispanic, or other children of color had significantly longer wait times compared to white children before th...
Oct 20th, 2021 - The Biden administration is moving full-steam ahead to prepare the nation to give the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) to children ages 5 to 11, in anticipation of an FDA decision in the coming weeks, the White House COVID-19 Response Team announced. "We have secured vaccine supply to vaccinate every child ages 5 through 11, and as soon as the vaccine is authorized by the FDA, we wi...
Oct 20th, 2021 - Note that some links may require registration or subscription. So far, one in seven seniors have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. (CNN) Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, MD, was sworn in as a four-star admiral, making her the the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the eight uniformed services, as well as the first female four-star admiral in t...
Oct 19th, 2021 - As the COVID-19 vaccine heads toward approval for children under age 12 years, the number of older children receiving it dropped for the 10th consecutive week, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 47% of all children aged 12-17 years – that’s close to 12 million eligible individuals – have not received even one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and less than 44% (abou.
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Oct 18th, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Flucelvax quadrivalent vaccine for use in children aged 6 months and older, according to a statement from manufacturer Seqirus. “This approval officially allows all eligible Americans to receive a cell-based influenza vaccine, increasing the potential for greater vaccine effectiveness,” according to the company.