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Ships’ fuel oil exhaust may impact lungs of children in California

May 25, 2016

Nickel and vanadium found in burning fuel oil from ships off the Southern California coast might damage the developing lungs of children, according to findings presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 International Conference.

“This study adds to the epidemiological evidence on the health effects of [particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 µm or less (PM2.5)] components,” Robert Urman, PhD, from the department of preventive medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC, said in a press release. “When we analyzed the data, we found that teenaged children in the most polluted communities had an estimated decrease of approximately 4% in their lung function compared to similar children in the least polluted communities.”

In the Journals

Trial quality, bias may diminish value of methylphenidate for ADHD

May 24, 2016
A recent clinical review in JAMA reported that evidence supporting the use of methylphenidate among adolescents for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder…
In the Journals

Ten percent of pregnant women received flu vaccine from 2005-2014

May 23, 2016
Findings published in Pediatrics showed that only 10% of pregnant women surveyed over 9 years had received the influenza vaccine. In addition, newborns were found to…
In the Journals

CDC: Safety, health violations lead to thousands of public pool closures

May 20, 2016
A recent report in MMWR found that the vast majority of routine public pool inspections identified at least one violation, while one in eight inspections resulted in…

WHO confirms outbreak Zika virus strain imported to Africa

May 20, 2016
Sequencing results have identified the Zika virus strain currently circulating in Cabo Verde as the same one associated with adverse birth outcomes in the Americas…
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Palpitations and Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Sudden Cardiac Death in Children and Adolescents

Pediatric Annals, December 2015, Volume 44 Issue 12
Palpitations are a common complaint, particularly in teenagers, with etiologies ranging from no detectable cardiac…
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Adolescent Substance Abuse: October 2014

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Adolescence has always been a time of challenge for parents and pediatricians. Recent neuroscience literature confirms…
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VIDEO: Limited knowledge about Zika poses challenge in vaccine development

April 25, 2016
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