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FDA grants fast track designation to cannabidiol for Dravet syndrome

February 28, 2015

Insys Therapeutics recently announced that the FDA has granted fast track designation to a pharmaceutical cannabidiol for the treatment of Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy.

Also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in infancy, Dravet syndrome is a drug-resistant epilepsy that occurs in the first year of life of previously healthy children. Preliminary seizures are most often prolonged events and, in the second year of life, other seizure types begin to emerge, including prolonged and repeated febrile and afebrile generalized or unilateral convulsive seizures.

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Repeat testing necessary to detect HIV among infants receiving ART via breast-feeding

February 27, 2015
SEATTLE — WHO recommendations for HIV testing 6 weeks after breast-feeding cessation may need to be re-evaluated, as study findings presented at CROI 2015 suggest…
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Xolair effective, well tolerated in children aged younger than 12 years

February 27, 2015
HOUSTON — Xolair was well tolerated and significantly improved asthma control among children aged younger than 12 years, according to data presented at the…

ACIP confirms recommendation for annual influenza vaccination

February 27, 2015
In a unanimous decision, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices supported the recommendation that all people aged 6 months and older be vaccinated…
In the Journals

Chest CT imaging may safely be omitted from neuroblastoma surveillance for pediatric patients

February 27, 2015
Neuroblastoma progression or recurrence in the chest is rare among children and usually can be detected with non-CT imaging modalities or through the presentation of…
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Healthy Baby/Healthy Child

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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Pediatric Annals October 2014

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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St. Jude/PIDS conference highlights new frontiers, career potential for infectious disease specialists

St. Jude/PIDS conference highlights new frontiers, career potential for infectious disease specialists

February 23, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elaine I. Tuomanen, MD, director of the Children’s Infection Defense Center at St. Jude…
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