American Academy of Pediatrics

Identifying the signs of autism earlier

How early can you diagnose autism? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening children beginning at 18 months, but research suggests subtle warning signs may be apparent even earlier, according to Patricia ...

Oct 29, 2013
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Managing media: We need a plan

From TV to smart phones to social media, the lives of U.S. children and families are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use. According to a revised policy ...

Oct 28, 2013
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Moving children and families beyond trauma

Pediatricians can play an important role in helping children and communities recover following episodes of school and community violence and disaster, while working to prevent and prepare for future tragedies, said David ...

Oct 28, 2013
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Can the 'right' helmet prevent concussions?

While many football helmet and mouth guard manufacturers claim that their equipment will lessen impact forces and reduce concussion risk, neither a specific brand nor a higher cost were associated with fewer concussions in ...

Oct 28, 2013
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Protecting children from firearm violence

Firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents are an important cause of preventable injury and mortality. Recent national shooting tragedies involving children have resulted in new efforts to study the problem and ...

Oct 28, 2013
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Encouraging a healthy weight for a healthy heart

A healthy weight is the key to a healthy heart, and yet an estimated 1 out of 3 children is either overweight or obese in the U.S. During a special symposium Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference ...

Oct 27, 2013
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Supermagnets present ongoing child health risks

The continued sale and availability of powerful, neodymium magnets—typically 10 to 20 times stronger than traditional magnets— are causing an increase in pediatric ingestion-related injuries, according to an abstract ...

Oct 27, 2013
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