Lilac City Peds News

Teen Use Of Menthol Cigarettes On the Rise

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 18•11

It is a lifelong tragedy when a teenager gets addicted to cigarettes. Some data show it only takes three cigarettes a week to get a teen addicted.

“The use of menthol cigarettes is rising among adolescents and is “very high” among minority youth, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said in partial draft report released Monday.

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee could make a recommendation about whether menthol flavoring should be banned. The panel’s report is due next week. ”

Teen Use Of Menthol Cigarettes On the Rise

Teens from wealthier families may drink more

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 18•11

No family is immune from the dangers of teenage drinking. Talk to your teen today.

“While poverty is usually associated with greater health risks, a study published Monday suggests that young teens from middle- to higher-income families may be somewhat more likely than their less affluent peers to use alcohol.”

Teens from wealthier families may drink more

‘Medical Homes’ Help Kids Get Comprehensive Care

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 17•11

At Lilac City Pediatrics, we are firm believers in the medical home model.

“Children who have a “medical home” — that is, a pediatrician or nurse they see regularly who offers comprehensive care — are more likely to have their medical and dental needs met, new research finds.”

‘Medical Homes’ Help Kids Get Comprehensive Care

Sad new dads prone to spanking kids in study showing the risks of postpartum depression in men

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 17•11

We need to assess how all new parents are doing. Fathers need to get help when they are depressed.

“Just like new moms, new fathers can be depressed, and a study found a surprising number of sad dads spanked their 1-year-olds.

About 40 percent of depressed fathers in a survey said they’d spanked kids that age, versus just 13 percent of fathers who weren’t depressed. Most dads also had had recent contact with their child’s doctor — a missed opportunity to get help, authors of the study said.”

Sad new dads prone to spanking kids in study showing the risks of postpartum depression in men

St. Patrick’s Day Fun for the Kids

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 17•11

“Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, aren’t they? In that spirit, in this article they have included some activities for all ages in this edition of Hooray for Holidays! Of course, there are always the tried and true ways to celebrate almost any holiday: play dough, sugar cookie decorating, preparing traditional foods.”

St. Patrick’s Day Fun for the Kids

Mom’s prenatal stress raises child’s disease risk

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 16•11

“The children of women who experience a stressful life event either during or before pregnancy are at an increased risk of being hospitalized from infectious disease, according to a new study.

Children whose mothers experienced a stressful event, such as the death of a loved one or divorce, while they were pregnant were 71 percent more likely to be hospitalized with a severe infectious disease than children of women who did not undergo prenatal stress, said study researcher Nete Munk Nielsen, an epidemiologist at Statens Serum Institute in Denmark.

And the children of women who experienced a stressful life event 11 months before conception were 42 percent more likely to be hospitalized with severe infectious disease than the children of stress-free women, Nielsen said.”

Mom’s prenatal stress raises child’s disease risk

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 16•11

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. Help protect cheerleaders by spreading the word about cheerleading safety and by making sure your cheer program follows recognized progressions and safety rules. Check back here all during March as we focus on various aspects of cheerleading safety!

National Cheerleading Safety Month

F.D.A. to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Young Children

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 15•11

This is concerning but not at all clear. Most children who need surgery seem to do fine, but it is reasonable to do a study…

“A federal panel will meet on Thursday to evaluate growing concerns about whether anesthesia in young children, used in millions of surgical procedures, can in some cases lead to cognitive problems or learning disabilities.”

F.D.A. to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Young Children

Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 15•11

This paper doesn’t explain reasons why, but definitely found a difference in overall health. A little embarrassing, isn’t it…

“From birth through old age, Americans have poorer health than their British counterparts, a new study finds. Researchers used data on nearly 40,000 residents of the United States and 70,000 residents of England taken from nationally representative health surveys of the respective countries. After all the numbers were crunched, Americans had higher rates of nearly all chronic diseases and markers of diseases than people of a similar age in England.”

Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

As Peer Pressure Increases, So Does Brain’s Ability to Resist It

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 15•11

Teenagers are in such a period of brain re-wiring, it is no wonder it is such an “exciting” time….

“Adolescents’ brain wiring gears up just as risky behavior approaches, researchers report. Even as peer pressure mounts in early adolescence, kids’ brains are developing an ability to help fight the temptations of risky behavior, novel new research reports.”

As Peer Pressure Increases, So Does Brain’s Ability to Resist It