EATING HABITS DEVELOP IN INFANCY

Twenty-five percent of babies ages 6 months to 11 months and 20% of toddlers aged 1 had no reported vegetable consumption on days they were surveyed between 2005 and 2012, while nearly 60% of those younger than 6 months weren't breast-fed during the same period, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings, based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data involving 2,359 youths, also showed declining consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables among 1-year-olds.

REPORTS SHED LIGHT ON PEDIATRICIAN COMPENSATION, HAPPINESS

The Medscape Compensation Report found that pediatricians earned the least among all specialties, but they were among the happiest in and out of the workplace, according to the Medscape Lifestyle Report.

MOST FLU-RELATED PEDIATRIC DEATHS AMONG UNVACCINATED US YOUTH

CDC researchers found that 74% of children and adolescents ages 6 months to 17 years who died from influenza in the US from 2010 to 2014 did not receive flu vaccines before illness onset. The findings in Pediatrics, based on data from three comparison cohorts, also showed average flu vaccination coverage was 48% and overall vaccine efficacy against pediatric death was 65% during the same period.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News

OVER THE COUNTER AVAILABILITY OF ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES MAY BENEFIT TEENS

Adolescent girls were able to make informed decisions on oral contraceptive use and had similar contraceptive failure rates as adult women, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings should prompt over-the-counter availability of oral contraceptives for teens, researchers said.
The Baltimore Sun (3/15), United Press International (3/14)

SUCH A BRILLIANT IDEA TO INCORPORATE NUTRITION LESSONS INTO THE MEDICAL PRACTICE! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A Virginia pediatrician's practice includes a test kitchen where children and their parents can taste and prepare HEALTHY foods. The doctor has also developed a nutrition curriculum, which has been implemented in local preschools.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (3/23)

HEALTH CONSORTIUM WARNS OF PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change has exacerbated heart and lung diseases tied to wildfires and air pollution, infectious diseases such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease, heat-related health risks, and physical and mental health problems associated with extreme weather conditions, according to a report by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which includes the American Academy of Pediatrics and 10 other health organizations. The report also showed that children, pregnant women, the elderly and student athletes are among the most vulnerable to climate change health risks.

PRENATAL SINGING AND MUSIC EXPOSURE MAY REDUCE INFANT CRYING

Babies born to women who sang lullabies during pregnancy and after birth generally cried for 18.5% of the time, compared with 28.2% of infants whose mothers did not sing to them, a study found. Researchers wrote in the journal Women and Birth that singing and listening lullabies also was helpful for infants with colic and for mother-baby bonding.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)

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