Latest American Academy of Pediatrics Stories

2011-06-27 10:20:00

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that more than one in six children and teenagers are obese, a three-fold increase from a generation ago and physicians are recommending that televised ads for fast food should be banned, Reuters Health is reporting. "Congress and the Federal Trade Commission have to get tough with the food industry," said Dr. Victor Strasburger, who wrote the new policy statement for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a group of 65,000...

2011-06-13 09:25:00

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage routine screening for autism, however a new study claims that there is no solid evidence to support screening toddlers for the range of disabilities, Reuters Health is reporting. Autism spectrum disorders range from mild Asperger's Syndrome to severe mental retardation and social disability. These affect nearly one percent of kids in the US and put a significant burden on families...

2011-06-08 10:55:00

Physicians have recommended for many years that parents wait a few years before prents give babies cow's milk, nuts and other solid foods that are related to food allergies. However newer research in a Dutch study has failed to find evidence that doing so staves off allergies, Reuters is reporting. Over 7 percent of American adults, and even more kids, have asthma, causing millions of visits to emergency rooms and doctors' offices every year. The study, by Ilse Tromp of Erasmus University in...

2011-05-30 11:53:30

American doctors said in a new report that kids and teens need to avoid energy drinks and only consume sports drinks in a limited amount. The recommendations come during a time of national debate on energy drinks, which some fear may have side effects. "Children never need energy drinks," Dr. Holly Benjamin, of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who worked on the new report told Reuters. "They contain caffeine and other stimulant substances that aren't nutritional, so you don't need...

2011-05-27 09:00:00

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Recognizes Organizations Providing Oral Health Care Access to Children in Need NEW YORK, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), awarded five Access to Care Grants to organizations that supported local service initiatives and provided oral health care to underserved children and/or children with limited access to care....

2011-05-12 08:30:00

Leading Public Health Experts Agree: Menthol Ban Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to weigh a potential menthol ban, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Center for American Progress and Legacy® called for menthol cigarettes to be taken off the market, citing key findings published today in the American Journal of...

2011-05-02 18:40:39

Asking adolescents about their hopes and dreams proves insightful Trying to figure out what's going on inside the mind of an adolescent can be challenging, to say the least. A new study shows that simply asking them what they wish for could be eye-opening. The question: "If you could have three wishes, what would they be?" is included on a questionnaire designed to be given to adolescent patients before a doctor's visit. The survey, which is part of the American Medical Association's...

2011-05-02 16:12:27

New research shows involved parents are less likely to have children who harass others With all of the media attention on young people being tormented by bullies and cyberbullies, parents may wonder what they can do to protect their children. The question they may want to ask instead is how can they prevent their child from becoming a bully. New research to be presented on Sunday, May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver shows that parents can play a key role...

2011-04-27 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that its Start Smart for Your Baby® program has collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to produce "A Guide to Your Baby's Care -- The First Year." "A Guide to Your Baby's Care -- The First Year" is a 40-page booklet created for low-income mothers and families, which provides information and tips to help parents make informed decisions about their babies' health...

2011-04-25 11:50:00

The 35-year-old federal law governing toxic chemicals in the environment is not enough to protect kids and pregnant women from toxic chemicals --they need an overhaul, says a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "It is widely recognized to have been ineffective in protecting children, pregnant women and the general population from hazardous chemicals in the marketplace," the academy states in a policy statement that will published in the May issue of the journal...

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.