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Children experience no long-term advantages with tonsillectomy

February 23, 2017

Although throat infection, utilization and school absences improved in children who received tonsillectomy compared with those who did not, the benefits did not persist longer than the first postsurgical year, according to findings published in Pediatrics.

“Most diagnoses of ‘tonsillitis’ are made without supportive documentation of bacterial testing,” Anna Morad, MD, from the department of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and colleagues wrote. “Heterogeneity in diagnostic accuracy, establishment of severity, and frequency of infections complicates treatment decisions regarding tonsillectomy and the performance of comparative effectiveness of its treatments.”

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BMJ: Trump’s policies risk ‘head-on collision’ with science, health care

February 23, 2017
A commentary recently published in The BMJ expressed the editors’ concerns with President Donald J. Trump’s policies, stating that the new…

CMS awards $100 million to support small practices in Quality Payment Program

February 23, 2017
The CMS is working with 11 local, experienced, community based organizations to provide immediate hands-on training and educational resources about the Quality Payment…

Three-way molecular bond may be key to Zika-induced birth defects

February 23, 2017
Zika virus’ ability to cause birth defects may lie, at least in part, in its prowess bonding with two particular molecules, according to a study. A team at the…
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Congenital heart defects linked to worse academic outcomes in children

February 23, 2017
Children with critical and noncritical congenital heart defects experience worse academic outcomes compared with peers, according to data published in Circulation
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Longitudinal Changes in Refractive Error in a Pediatric Referral Population in Korea

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, January/February 2017, Volume 54 Issue 1
To investigate changes in the spherical equivalent (SE) refractive error and astigmatism in a pediatric referral…
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Sudden Cardiac Death in Children and Adolescents: December 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

In any busy primary care pediatric practice issues such as chest pain, syncope, palpitations, and arrhythmias…
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