Mentorship Boosts Children’s Health Coverage

Uninsured Latino children in Texas whose parents were mentored by other parents who had obtained Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for their own children were more likely to obtain coverage than those who received only the usual state enrollment outreach.


Eggs May Enhance Infant Brain Development, Researchers Find

Early introduction of eggs boosts infant blood concentrations of several key indicators of brain development, a recent study in Ecuador found. The results could have implications for infant nutrition in both the developing and developed worlds.

Physician Assertiveness and Empathy: Strangers in the Night?

A Journal of Contemporary Medical Education study reveals that pediatric and med-peds residents generally have higher emotional intelligence (EI) scores than members of the general population. As residents progress through their training, however, scores for key subcategories, such as empathy and assertiveness, start to change.

A Breath of Foul Air: Pollution and Pediatric Diabetes Risk

Research at the University of Southern California has uncovered a link between air pollution and elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes among overweight Latino children.

Pediatric Health in Profile

Physicians and medical researchers face tremendous challenges in the area of pediatrics. Rising rates of obesity and widespread drug use among children can seem like intractable problems. Here are some of the troubling statistics.

Study Finds Maternal Rheumatoid Arthritis Raises Childhood Epilepsy Risk

Although it is established that the incidence of epilepsy is higher among individuals with autoimmune disorders — particularly those that directly affect the brain — a Danish study published in Neurology has specifically linked epilepsy risk among children to whether their mothers have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Researchers Link Childhood Attachment Anxiety to Poorer Adult Health

It is well-established that low socioeconomic status (SES) during childhood can negatively influence health throughout the adult years. Recent research published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine suggests attachment orientation may be a mediator of this phenomenon.

Rethinking Transfers of Pediatric Orthopedic Patients to Adult Care

Pediatric orthopedic providers treat some patients well into adulthood, and guidelines for transitioning those patients to adult care need revisiting, according to recent research in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

Accelerated Aging: A Challenge to Childhood Cancer Survivors

Childhood cancer survivors living with chronic conditions as adults may experience a kind of accelerated aging due to the late effects of cancer treatment. However, survivors with no chronic conditions enjoy a quality of life similar to that of individuals with no history of cancer, according to a recent study.

Probiotics Show Promise for Reducing Late-onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants

Using a combination of probiotics, researchers in Slovenia were able to significantly reduce the incidence of late-onset sepsis in a group of preterm infants born with very low birth weights.