Parenting Guild
Parenting Guild | AAP Index | This Month's Update | May 1998

Pediatric News Update

"Pediatric News Updates" are reported from actual news sources, but do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Families United on the Net, For the well-being of all children, parents should not try to diagnose their children, but should seek the advice and care of a pediatrician or family physician.

April 1998 - For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress has expanded health care coverage for children through the new State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP is a $40 billion, 10-year partnership between individual states and the federal government. SCHIP provides health insurance coverage to children whose family's income is too high for traditional Medicaid, but whose families don't earn enough to pay for private insurance. The American Academy of Pediatrics has committed to develop a regularly updated website on SCHIP, which will include a range of state-specified data reports and other useful resources. To learn more, read the Legislative Fact Sheet on SCHIP.

May 1998 - A new study provides the strongest evidence to date suggesting that community-wide increases in breastfeeding are related to declines in certain infant illnesses. The study, published in this month's Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), focused on a community breastfeeding promotion that effectively increased the number of mothers who breastfed their babies. The study's author states, "Increasing rates of breastfeeding, in particular among high risk groups and in settings with low initial rates of breastfeeding, is an effective means of reducing infant illness at the community level".

May 1998 - Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University and Children's Hospital in Boston state that student athletes hoping to improve their performance are using anabolic steroids as early as middle school. A listing of popular sports and recreational activities shows that steroid users reported the sports with the highest percentage of users as gymnastics and weight training, while those with the lowest percentage were soccer and football. Steroid use has been associated with serious side effects including hypertension, liver dysfunction and cancer, clotting abnormalities and psychological effects. Use during childhood poses the additional concern of premature closure of the growth plates, causing stunted growth. Read more about anabolic steriod's serious side effects.

May, 1998 - Based on maternal factors, children who are at markedly increased risk of death from fire can be identified. In 1994, fires accounted for 17.3 percent of all injury deaths in U.S. children younger than age 5. The study conducted at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. concluded that the primary risk factors for these children were the age and education of their mothers and the number of children in their homes. Most pronounced of these factors was maternal education: the risk of fire fatality increased 19.4 times for children of mothers with less than a high school education, compared to those whose mothers had a college degree. The study's authors stressed, "There is an urgent need to develop prevention programs that can be shown to reduce fire-related injury in high-risk children".

May 1998 - According to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), education programs about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) should be mandatory for students to graduate from high school. The May issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, also recommends that college students studying to become teachers should receive HIV/AIDS education. According to recent research, more than 7,600 cases of AIDS in children younger than 13 years old have been diagnosed in the United States since 1982. In addition, more than 2,700 cases have been diagnosed among adolescents and more than 100,000 cases have been diagnosed among adults in their twenties.

Back to Home Around The House Recipe Search Over The Fence Anykey Parenting Guild Chat Kids F.U.N. Place F.U.N. & Games
Copyright © 1998-99 The F.U.N. Place. All rights reserved
F.U.N. Family