Latest AAP Stories

Wavering Doctoral Advice Leads To Fewer Circumcisions
2013-08-22 12:32:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the CDC's  National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found the rate of hospital circumcisions has declined over the past 30 years. According to the government report, the percentage of circumcisions for newborn boys in the US has declined by 10 percent overall from 1979 to 2010, with the highest point in 1981 at 64.9 percent and the lowest in 2007 at 55.4 percent. The report was based on data from the National...

2013-03-16 23:00:07

Human rights attorney J. Steven Svoboda and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. have published a new article in one of the world´s leading journals on medical ethics arguing that the American Academy of Pediatrics´ (AAP´s) position regarding male circumcision lacks credible support. The article leads off the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) and has already led the AAP to arrange for the JME to publish its response in what Svoboda and Van Howe see as an...

Pediatric Group Cautions Against Antibiotic Use In Children's Ear Infections
2013-02-25 06:54:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of children are treated with antibiotics for ear infections each year in the US. In fact, an ear infection is one of the most common reasons kids end up going to a doctor and receiving antibiotics. But new guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are asking doctors to be more guarded in how they diagnose and treat the often painful condition. The AAP is calling for pediatricians to adhere to...

Pediatric Group Says Recess Just As Important As Math, Reading
2012-12-31 08:30:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ask a school full of children what their favorite part of the school day is and many will say recess. And while some education experts might feel recess is taking away from other important academic activities, at least one group is supporting play time at school. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new policy statement saying recess should never be withheld for punitive or academic reasons. Recess helps keep...

Pediatric Group Recommends Advance Prescriptions For Emergency Contraception For All Teenage Girls
2012-11-26 10:59:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The United States has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the world, yet efforts to curb these types of unplanned pregnancies have been largely avoided. Current federal policy bans the sale of over-the-counter birth control pills to girls under 17, and often young girls do not have immediate access to emergency contraceptives when they need them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now pushing to change this,...

Cheerleader Safety Guidelines Issued
2012-10-23 08:41:09

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online On a Friday night, the local high school stadium is filled to the brim with students, parents, and teachers watching a football game. Just when the referee blows the whistle, the players head back to the sidelines to take a break. As the jocks trickle in from the field, a group of girls dressed in short skirts and waving pom poms run to the field, shouting out cheers, completing back flips, and even being tossed in the air. The...

2012-08-27 21:04:13

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It´s a debate which is sure to never really come to a close. In addition to the questions of health involved, there are also questions of ethics and religion. Combine these aspects with passionate arguments on either side, and what´s left is a debate which will rage on for years to come. Last week, a study was released by the John Hopkins University which said the trend towards keeping baby boys intact is racking up...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.