Use spirometry to assess asthma severity and monitor treatment effectiveness, minimize asthma triggers, use inhaled corticosteroids for short-term management, and long-acting beta agonists and leukotriene modifiers for long-term control.
Complex intestinal microflora may play a larger role in a range of diseases and conditions than previously thought. Studies show that the use of prebiotics and probiotics to affect the composition of the gut microbiome may be effective in managing several conditions.
Automated vaccine tracking systems that use barcodes to record vaccine lot numbers and expiration dates, as well as monitor patients’ immunization records, can increase vaccination rates and decrease vaccine-preventable diseases.
Paul Offit, MD, speaking at AAP 2012, said that, despite overwhelming evidence showing that vaccines are safe, more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate themselves and their children, putting them and others at great risk of infectious diseases.
There are a variety of useful resources available to assist pediatricians in screening newborns for genetic disorders, interpreting test results, and communicating with parents.
Session at AAP 2012 discusses the dangers of endocrine disruptors. These chemicals and compounds can produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects, and are increasingly prevalent in everyday products and the environment.
New guidelines discussed at AAP 2012 cover assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of urinary tract infections in children up to two years of age.
Focusing on the biopsychosocial nature of chronic pain enables clinicians to better understand patients’ pain and devise more effective management plans.
Making meaningful improvement in pediatric health outcomes requires practices to improve the structure and process of delivered care.
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