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CatD may be useful to differentiate pediatric liver inflammation, steatosis

March 4, 2015

Plasma cathepsin D levels could be used as noninvasive markers for distinguishing pediatric patients with steatosis from those with hepatic inflammation, according to newly published data in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.  

“We hypothesized that cathepsin D (CatD) levels in plasma may be altered in subjects with [nonalcoholic steatohepatitis] compared with subjects without NASH,” the researchers wrote. “Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess plasma levels of CatD in children with different stages of [nonalcoholic fatty liver disease] and to correlate these to histological criteria used for the diagnosis of NASH.”

Thomas Frieden, MD

Most pneumonia hospitalizations occur in children aged younger than 5 years

March 4, 2015
Seventy percent of pneumonia hospitalizations were among children aged younger than 5 years, according to study findings published in the New England Journal of

CMS releases 2015 Quality Measures Report

March 3, 2015
CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, demonstrating that the nation has made significant progress in improving the health care…
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Prevalence of teen dating violence associated with health risks

March 3, 2015
More than 20% of female students and 10% of male students experience some form of teen dating violence, according to findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior…
Potential biomarker identified for neonatal sepsis in preterm infants Meeting News CoverageVideo

Potential biomarker identified for neonatal sepsis in preterm infants

March 3, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Leena Mithal, MD, pediatric infectious diseases fellow at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, discusses new research…
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Formula Frustrations

Pediatric Annals, February 2015, Volume 44 Issue 2
The mother of a pediatric patient was recently diagnosed with a rheumatologic illness, requiring her to take…
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Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

Management of Pediatric Conjunctivitis and Otitis/Conjunctivitis Syndrome

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Alcon Research, LTD.

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Armed conflict, poverty in low-income countries contribute to spread of neglected tropical diseases

Armed conflict, poverty in low-income countries contribute to spread of neglected tropical diseases

February 25, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, founding dean of the National School for Tropical Medicine at Baylor…
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