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Archive for September, 2011

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September 30th, 2011

Podcast 132: In discussing a child’s overweight with parents, words matter

Words really do matter, and for clinicians discussing a child’s overweight with parents, words can hurt, stigmatize, and discourage parents from taking the right actions. In a brief interview, the author of a Pediatrics study talks about the best approach to take in these discussions. There are no “magic words,” rather the approach should […]


September 23rd, 2011

Podcast 131: Measuring the effect of the rotavirus vaccine program on kids in the U.S.

Vaccines work, and here’s more evidence. The quadrivalent rotavirus vaccine introduced in 2006 has dramatically lowered hospitalizations for rotavirus-related diarrhea among children under age 5, among other benefits. Its presence has produced a kind of herd immunity whereby even the unvaccinated are reaping benefits. It bears remembering, though, that vaccinees have about a 90% […]


September 16th, 2011

Podcast 130: If you’re a clinician concerned about health costs, wash your hands — don’t just wring them

Health Affairs has a study in which a few simple, but rigorously followed patient-care procedures in a pediatric ICU dropped infection rates, mortality, lengths of hospital stay, and total costs. Sound too good to be true? Well, it wasn’t exactly easy, but the results were real and measurable. Listen in and see whether this […]


September 10th, 2011

Podcast 129: Non-aspirin NSAIDs are associated, as a class, with spontaneous abortion in a Quebec study

Last week the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an analysis of data from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry showing that the use of any non-aspirin NSAID during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion before the 20th week of gestation. There was no apparent dose-response effect. We discuss the research with the […]


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