Top 10 Child Health Articles of 2008: The Science of Medicine

Physicians are always trying to stay abreast of the latest news in order to provide excellent care for their patients.  Parents, too, can learn from cutting edge medical news.  

Do you want to know what your child’s doctor is reading about?  Here is my take on the first five of top 10 most read online pediatric and adolescent medicine stories of 2008, according to Journal Watch.  Stay tuned for my thoughts on the 2nd half later this week.  

  • Regularly Eating Breakfast Reduces Weight Gain
    • Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  This one we’ve known for a while.  So get up a few minutes earlier to make sure that breakfast fits into the morning rush every day.
  • New Data on Strep Throat
    • This study from Australia looks at Group A Streptococcus, the bacteria that causes strep throat.  It confirms previous studies that show:
      • Many children (8-25%!) have strep in their throat all the time but don’t get sick: they are “carriers.”  
      • Only about 25% of children and adults with sore throats have strep throat.  Sore throat is most commonly caused by viruses.
      • About 13% of family members exposed to children with strep throat get sick with strep throat.
      • Bottom line:  all sore throats do not require antibiotics.  See your pediatrician for a sore throat and take good care if you have been exposed to strep so that you don’t get sick yourself!
  • Lipid Screening in Childhood — New Recommendations from the AAP
    • We’re seeing children with high cholesterol and triglycerides at younger and younger ages.  Experts disagree about when to screen children because there is no consensus about when to start lipid-lowering medications in childhood.  The first step is to emphasize healthy lifestyle, and encourage families to eat well and keep kids active. Here’s a blog post by another pediatrician that summarizes the article and it’s findings: I like his approach.
  • Revised Guidelines on Childhood Obesity
    • Again, the increase in obesity is astounding.  There is no simple approach, and lots of experts are working hard to develop multi-pronged attacks on this serious issue for the health of our children.
  • Diagnosis and Management of Necrotizing Fasciitis
    • Necrotizing fasciitis is commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. Do not panic. It is incredibly rare.  This article helps doctors recognize when skin infections have a potential to progress rapidly.  If your child ever has a rapidly spreading warm, red, painful area on their skin and they look very ill, please see your doctor.  I know you would anyway.

Interesting?  Read about the next five here.  

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  1. Pingback: Top Child Health News of 2008, Continued « Dr. Kim, MD

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