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Pharmacies continue to earn the highest survey scores for patient satisfaction.

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The clinical insight offered by pharmacists is valuable to patients undergoing fertility treatments or hormone replacement therapy.

Intimate Partner Violence Empathy and a Patient-Centered Approach

Healthcare professionals should be aware that violence increases vulnerability to a broad range of physical and mental health problems over the course of a life.

Antibiotic Therapy for Epididymitis

The most common infecting pathogens are Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Escherichia coli.

Dexamethasone Added to Antibiotics Improves Pediatric Septic Arthritis Care 9/24/2015

Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Linked to Anxiety in 3-Year-Olds 5/15/2015

Atypical Antipsychotics: Safety and Use in Pediatric Patients 5/15/2015

Second-generation antipsychotics are first-line agents for children and adolescents.

Gene Places Young Leukemia Patients at Risk for Neuropathy 5/15/2015

High Radiotherapy Dose Improves Outlook for Children With Brain Cancer 5/15/2015

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Children and Adolescents 5/15/2015

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common abdominal condition affecting children and adolescents.

Lead Toxicity and Chelation Therapy 5/15/2015

Exposure can cause cognitive, behavioral, and motor problems in children.

Management of Adolescent Obesity 5/15/2015

The cause of adolescent obesity is regarded as multifaceted, given the numerous components that increase a child’s risk of developing the condition.

Oral Insulin Might Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Children 5/15/2015

Selecting an Oral Prednisolone Liquid for Children 5/15/2015

Asthma exacerbations often require a short course of oral steroids.

Study: 1.2% of Preschoolers on Medicaid Use Psychotropics 5/15/2015

The Enterovirus D68 Outbreak: A Public Health Concern 5/15/2015

Pediatric patients with preexisting respiratory conditions are at the greatest risk of infection.

Weight-Control Behaviors in Adolescents 5/15/2015

In 2012, more than 33% of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Certain Antibiotics Raise Pyloric Stenosis Risk in Infants 3/18/2015

Pediatric Medication Errors Occur Frequently 11/17/2014

Antibiotics in Infancy May Alter Long-Term Immunity 9/17/2014

Key Health Indicators in Children 5/16/2014

Data on key health indicators in children, such as birthweight, breastfeeding, television viewing, smoking, and anemia, were collected by the 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System

Pediatric Fungal Infections 5/16/2014

Several nonprescription products can be recommended for treatment of tinea corporis (ringworm).

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Pediatric Thermometry 5/16/2014

Several methods for taking a child’s temperature quickly, accurately, and safely are available.

Prenatal SSRI Use Linked to Autism, Developmental Delays in Boys 5/16/2014

Screening and Treatment of Pediatric Dyslipidemias 5/16/2014

Universal screening is recommended regardless of family history or risk factors.

The Role of Probiotics in Children With Gastrointestinal Disease 5/16/2014

Probiotics are active living microorganisms that have a defined health benefit—either therapeutic or preventive—when ingested in sufficient quantity.1

Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection in Children and Adolescents 5/16/2014

Routine vaccination has been very effective in reducing the incidence of chickenpox.

1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD 12/18/2013

Antibiotic Therapy for Appendicitis in Children 12/18/2013

Appropriate IV antibiotics should be initiated upon diagnosis and postappendectomy.

Low Vitamin D Levels Increase Risk of Anemia in Children 11/15/2013

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Allergy and Asthma in Obese Children, Teens 7/17/2013

Impetigo in Children and Adolescents 6/21/2013

This common, highly contagious skin infection is caused primarily by gram-positive bacteria.

Binge Drinking and Alcohol Poisoning in the Adolescent Population 5/21/2013

Treatment of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal in teens mimics that of adults.

Clinical Considerations in Premature Infants 5/21/2013

Compared with term infants, premature infants have higher rates of morbidity and mortality, especially those who are extremely preterm.

Febrile Seizures 5/21/2013

Febrile seizures are the most common seizure disorder of childhood.

Fever in Children: What to Tell Parents 5/21/2013

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are available in several pediatric dosage forms to reduce fever.

Management Options for Infectious Mononucleosis 5/21/2013

Pharmacologic therapy generally consists of symptomatic treatment and supportive care.

Overweight, Obesity, and Anemia Among Children 5/21/2013

Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System data provide insights into overweight, obesity, and anemia as health indicators in children.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 5/21/2013

The incidence of SIDS underwent a dramatic decrease between 1994 and 2001; since that time, however, it has reached a plateau, and SIDS continues to be a significant cause of infant mortality.

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Whooping Cough 5/21/2013

Whooping cough begins with coldlike symptoms, including congestion, sneezing, low-grade fever, and mild cough.

Probiotics Could Prevent NEC in Premature Babies 3/20/2013

Unfilled Pediatric Prescriptions a Concern 10/19/2012

Risk of Death in Some Children From Postsurgical Codeine Use 9/19/2012

Pediatric Antibiotic Use: A Focused Review of Fluoroquinolones and Tetracyclines 8/21/2012

Because of safety concerns in children, fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines should continue to be limited to treatment of FDA-approved indications or for infections for which no safe and effective alternative exists.

Antibacterial Products Linked to Allergy Risk in Children 7/18/2012

Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children 5/22/2012

Management of Crohn’s Disease in Children and Adolescents 4/23/2012

This gastrointestinal disorder is on the rise in pediatric patients of varying ages, making it a significant chronic disease in this population.

Autism Spectrum Disorders 3/20/2012

The use of pharmacologic agents focuses on alleviating behavioral symptoms.

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Coxsackievirus 3/20/2012

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is an early childhood condition most commonly caused by the coxsackievirus.

Drug Therapy Considerations in Circumcision 3/20/2012

Male circumcision is a common surgical procedure performed in neonates, generally for religious or cultural reasons.

Itching Like Crazy: Understanding Chickenpox 3/20/2012

Two varicella vaccines are approved for use in children 12 months and older.

Reye’s Syndrome: A Rare But Serious Pediatric Condition 3/20/2012

Aspirin is considered the most significant causative agent, although this link is often challenged.

The Prevention and Treatment of Head Lice in Children 3/20/2012

Annually, approximately 6 to 12 million U.S. children aged 3 to 11 years become infested with head lice.

Update on the Treatment and Prevention of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children 3/20/2012

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 150 million cases of pneumonia occur each year in children aged under 5 years.

Pediatric Accidental Ingestions on the Rise 10/19/2011

Price of Drug for Preterm Birth Questioned 4/20/2011

Absence Seizures: How to Treat What You Can’t See 3/18/2011

Typically thought of as a type of childhood seizure disorder, absence seizures also may present in older populations or as a component of multiple other epileptic disorders.

An Overview of Kawasaki Disease 3/18/2011

Kawasaki disease—an acute, self-limiting vasculitis of childhood—is the leading cause of acquired pediatric heart disease in North America.

Childhood Obesity: The New Norm? 3/18/2011

The significant increase in childhood obesity, considered an epidemic by many experts, represents a major public health concern.

Children's Health Conditions Across Family Structures 3/18/2011

Children living in nonnuclear families are more likely to delay getting prescription medication and to visit an emergency room two or more times in a year.

Dosing Common Cold Products in Children: New Guidelines 3/18/2011

Labeling for OTC cough and cold medications now states: “Do not use in children under 4 years of age.”

Fetal Medication Management: Pharmacist’s Perspective 3/18/2011

Drugs may be administered to pregnant patients to prevent or correct certain abnormalities in the fetus. 

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Impetigo 3/18/2011

This common skin infection in children is caused by Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. 

Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in Children 3/18/2011

Although many patients can be treated with oral antibiotics, infants should be evaluated for IV antibiotic therapy. 

Pediatric Dosing Errors Quite Common 2/18/2011

Pediatric Overdoses Due to Cough and Cold Medications on Decline 12/17/2010

Teething Tablets May Pose Risk to Children 12/17/2010

New Dosing Guidance for Children Using Valcyte 10/20/2010

Apnea of Prematurity Pharmacotherapy 3/19/2010

Theopylline and caffeine are equally effective treatment modalities for infants with this condition. 

Children With Special Health Care Needs 3/19/2010

The proportion of children with special health care needs increased from 13% in 2001 to 14% in 2005–2006.

Head Lice: New Approaches May Help Overcome Pediculicide Resistance 3/19/2010

Growing resistance to many forms of treatment make this parasite hard to eradicate. 

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Management of Pediatric Otitis Media 3/19/2010

Otitis media is a common illness affecting both infants and children, often multiple times during the first few years of life.

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Measles 3/19/2010

This remains a serious disease in developing countries that do not offer the benefit of routine vaccination. 

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Prevalence of Substance Abuse in the Adolescent Population 3/19/2010

Education and provision of resources are necessary to help stem this growing problem among teens.

Trials of H1N1 Vaccines Begin in Children 9/21/2009

Dietary Behaviors and Weight-Control Practices Among Youths 3/18/2009

Frequently interrelated, unhealthy dietary behaviors and sedentary habits are established during childhood and adolescence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

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High Cholesterol in Childhood 3/18/2009

Although there has been a general reluctance to use lipid-lowering drugs in the pediatric population, more evidence is becoming available that suggests effectiveness.

Pediatric Otitis Media: Managing Ear Infections in Children 3/18/2009

Although nonprescription products are of no use in treating this common childhood condition, the pharmacist should be prepared to answer the parent’s questions.

Nonprescription Products for the Baby 11/18/2008

The pharmacist is on the front lines of pharmaceutical care when patients need assistance with minor health conditions.

High-Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents 5/20/2008

Tobacco use among adolescents increases the risk of smoking-related disease and premature death (more than five million of today's adolescent smokers will die from tobacco-related disease)...

High-Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents 3/20/2008

Tobacco use among adolescents increases the risk of smoking-related disease and premature death (more than five million of today's adolescent smokers will die from tobacco-related disease).

Adverse Events in Pediatric Sedation 3/20/2008

Each year, millions of infants and children require sedation and pain control for medical procedures.

Cough and Cold Medications Trigger Thousands of Pediatric Emergency Room Visits 3/20/2008

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online by the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that an estimated 7,000 children ages 11 and younger are treated in hospital emergency departments each year because of cough and cold medications.

Management of Postoperative Pain in Children 3/20/2008

Over the past two decades, pain assessment and management in children has greatly improved due in part to the development of age-specific pain assessment tools and a better understanding of the role of analgesics in this population.

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Croup 3/14/2008

Croup is a swelling of the tissue around the larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe) that results in a tight, barking cough.

Children Not Getting Enough Calcium and Dairy Products 11/19/2007

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University report in the online Journal of Pediatrics that by the time American children are four years old, they are generally deficient in the consumption of dairy products.

Understanding and Treating Autistic Behaviors 11/19/2007

Autistic disorder (AD) is one of the great modern medical mysteries; the cause of the condition is unknown, and, despite significant research, no cure is available.

Current Fluoride Recommendations for the Pediatric Patient 10/18/2007

Despite improvements in the field of dentistry, dental decay remains the number one illness among children, surpassing asthma.

Baby DVDs and Videos May Have Negative Effect 10/18/2007

The notion of sitting a child who is 8 to 16 months old in front of a television to watch DVDs and videos to help develop language skills may be an urban myth according to researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Prevalence of Allergic Conditions Among Children 4/17/2007

Allergic diseases are important causes of morbidity in the United States.