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Pediatricians Just Sayin': Circumcision Pluses Outweigh Risks, Insurance Companies Should Cover

Pediatricians Just Sayin': Circumcision Pluses Outweigh Risks, Insurance Companies Should Cover | Pediatrician | Scoop.it

CHICAGO (AP) -- The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it.

 

In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents.

 

Recent research bolstering evidence that circumcision reduces chances of infection with HIV and other sexually spread diseases, urinary tract infections and penis cancer influenced the academy to update their 13-year-old policy.

 

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Convention has estimated circumcision costs range from about $200 to $600 nationwide. Coverage varies among insurers and several states have stopped Medicaid funding for circumcisions.

 

In Germany, Jewish and Muslim leaders have protested a regional court ruling in June that said circumcision amounts to bodily harm.

 

Meantime, a recent study projected that declining U.S. circumcision rates could add more than $4 billion in health care costs in coming years because of increased illness and infections...

 

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Pediatricians Want to Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines Despite Health Risks

Pediatricians Want to Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines Despite Health Risks | Pediatrician | Scoop.it

The American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) has released a statement in favor of Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that is detrimental to the health of everyone who is vaccinated.

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What is your mission? | ask.fm/TiffBoo

What is your mission? | ask.fm/TiffBoo | Pediatrician | Scoop.it
Become a pediatrician or just heal and take care of kids ! And have a house and family of my own (What is your mission? — Become a pediatrician or just heal and take care of kids ! And have a house and family o...
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What Do Cigarettes, Sugar and Vaccines Have in Common?

What Do Cigarettes, Sugar and Vaccines Have in Common? | Pediatrician | Scoop.it

In 1958 the Center for Disease Control (undoubtedly influenced by Big Tobacco) announced:                

 

“Smoking does not cause lung cancer” In the 1970’s, the Sugar Industry began its well-funded PR campaign to shift public opinion...

 

The spin doctors who cleverly created the misperceptions regarding the health perils of smoking and sugar are busy at work confusing the heck out of parents and pediatricians regarding whether vaccines are safe or not.  


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Three powerful industry forces. The tabacco industry, the sugar industry and the vaccine industry. All of them doing their best to convince us their products are "safe". Of course they do, their sales depend on our perception of safety...

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Submit questions now for our parenting chat today with Washington U. pediatrician - SuburbanJournals

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Join us today at noon with Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, a Washington University pediatrician with St. Louis Children's Hospital.
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Alicia Silverstone & Huntington Hospital Pediatrician on NBC's Today

Alicia Silverstone was making headlines discussing the benefits of breast milk donation. The crucial question however, is where can a young mother in need of...
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Many pediatricians still not using interpreters

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Close to half of pediatricians do not use a professional interpreter when seeing patients and families with a limited understanding of English, according to a new study.

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Ageless Girl – Syndrome X - Scientists puzzled - Key To Eternal Youth?

Ageless Girl – Syndrome X - Scientists puzzled - Key To Eternal Youth? | Pediatrician | Scoop.it

Brooke Greenberg (born January 8, 1993), is a now 20 year old girl from Reisterstown, Maryland, who has remained physically and cognitively similar to a toddler. She is about 30 inches (76 cm) tall, weighs about 16 pounds (7.3 kg), and has an estimated mental age of 9 months to 1 year. Brooke’s doctors have termed her condition Syndrome X.

 

Brooke was born on January 8, 1993 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, one month prior to her due date, weighing just four pounds (1.8 kg). She was born with anterior hip dislocation, a condition which caused her legs to be swiveled upwards, awkwardly, toward her shoulders; this was corrected surgically. Otherwise, Brooke appeared to be a normal infant.


In her first six years, Brooke Greenberg went through a series of unexplained medical emergencies from which she recovered. She had seven perforated stomach ulcers. She also suffered a seizure. This was followed by what was later diagnosed as a stroke; weeks later, no damage was detected. At age five, Brooke had a mass in her brain that caused her to sleep for 14 days. The doctors diagnosed the mass as a brain tumor. However, Brooke later awoke, and physicians found no tumor present. Brooke’s pediatrician, Dr. Lawrence Pakula, states that the source of her sudden illness remains a mystery.


Over the past several years, the Greenbergs visited many specialists, looking for an explanation for their daughter’s strange condition, and found she has a mutation in Chromosome 1. In 2001, when Dateline documented Brooke, she was still the size of a six-month-old infant, weighing just 13 lb (5.9 kg) at 27 inches (69 cm) tall. The family still had no explanation. Brooke Greenberg’s mother Melanie said: “They [the specialists] just said she’ll catch up. Then we went to the nutritionist, the endocrinologist. We tried the growth hormone…”. The growth hormone treatment had no effect. Howard, Brooke’s father, said: “I mean she did not put on an ounce or she did not grow an inch … That’s when I knew there was a problem.” After the growth hormone administration failed, the doctors, unable to diagnose a known condition, named her condition Syndrome X.


The Greenbergs made many visits to nearby Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and even took Brooke to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, searching for information about their daughter’s condition. When geneticists sequenced Greenberg’s DNA, they found that the genes associated with the premature aging diseases were normal, unlike the mutated versions in patients with Werner syndrome and progeria.


In 2006, Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, said that Brooke’s body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic disorder or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why.


In 2009, Walker said: “There’ve been very minimal changes in Brooke’s brain … Various parts of her body, rather than all being at the same stage, seem to be disconnected.” Walker noted that Greenberg’s brain, for example, is not much more mature than that of a newborn infant. He estimates her mental age at around 9 months to a year old. Brooke can make gestures and recognize sounds, but cannot speak. Her bones are like those of a ten-year-old, and she still has her baby teeth, which have an estimated developmental age of about 8 years. Said Walker, “We think that Brooke’s condition presents us with a unique opportunity to understand the process of aging.”
Her telomeres seem to be shortening at the normal rate.

 

Yesterday, Brooke Greenberg and her family appeared on the Katie Couric Show as part of a show focused on medical mysteries. Greenberg, who is 20 years old, appears to be the age of a toddler. While the family does not know the root of Greenberg's apparent inability to age, Mount Sinai's Eric Schadt, who also appeared on the show with host Katie Couric, has been studying her genome. As Schadt notes in the clip below, in addition to figuring out the source of her disorder, Greenberg's genome could also help researchers learn more about the aging process.

 

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It’s a Smart, Smart World Out There: Humans Are Smart And They Are Getting Smarter

It’s a Smart, Smart World Out There: Humans Are Smart And They Are Getting Smarter | Pediatrician | Scoop.it

No wonder you loyal readers have such high I.Q.’s. The “Flynn Effect” explains it all. The average American in the year 1900 had an I.Q. that by today’s standards would measure about 67. Since the traditional definition of mental retardation was an I.Q. of less than 70, that leads to the remarkable conclusion that a majority of Americans a century ago would count today as intellectually disabled.

The trend of rising intelligence is known as the “Flynn Effect,” named for James R. Flynn, the New Zealand scholar who pioneered this area of research. Countless other scholars worldwide have replicated his findings, and it is now accepted science — although there is still disagreement about its causes and significance.

The average American I.Q. has been rising steadily by 3 points a decade. Spaniards gained 19 points over 28 years, and the Dutch 20 points over 30 years. Kenyan children gained nearly 1 point a year. Those figures come from a new book by Flynn from Cambridge University Press called “Are We Getting Smarter?” It’s an uplifting tale, a reminder that human capacity is on the upswing. The implication is that there are potential Einsteins now working as subsistence farmers in Congo or dropping out of high school in Mississippi who, with help, could become actual Einsteins.

The Flynn Effect should upend some of the smugness among those who have historically done well in global I.Q. standings. For example, while there is still a race gap, black Americans are catching up — and now do significantly better than white Americans of the “greatest generation” did in the 1940s.

None of this means that people today are born smarter. While I.Q. measures something to do with mental acuity, it’s a rubbery and imperfect metric. It’s heavily shaped by environment — potential is diminished when children suffer from parasites or lead in air pollution. As a result, the removal of lead from gasoline may have added 6 points to the I.Q. of American children, according to Dr. Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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Will ObamaCare collapse under weight of its own regulations?

Will ObamaCare collapse under weight of its own regulations? | Pediatrician | Scoop.it
Retired pediatrician Ed Marsh weighs in

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What Middle-Class Parents Don't Know About Lead Could Hurt Their Kids

What Middle-Class Parents Don't Know About Lead Could Hurt Their Kids | Pediatrician | Scoop.it
Erin Pavlica's family pediatrician had never recommended a blood lead test for any of her three children.
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Let crying babes lie: Study supports notion of leaving infants to cry themselves back to sleep

Let crying babes lie: Study supports notion of leaving infants to cry themselves back to sleep | Pediatrician | Scoop.it
Waking up in the middle of the night is the most common concern that parents of infants report to pediatricians.

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