Year in review: 5 most popular stories of 2016

Notes-Top-5-2016This year, Notes covered the events, topics and trends that impact pediatric health care providers — from microcephaly and the Zika outbreak to firearm safety to teens and marijuana use to AAP’s new media guidelines and more. Read the top five most-read stories of 2016.

Notes-Top 5-Rectal-BleedingRectal bleeding is one of the most common symptoms warranting referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist. The presence of blood in the stool is often an alarming symptom for parents, and usually pediatricians are asked to see the patient right away. Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH, associate chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and associate director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers some tips to help referring doctors assess the severity of the problem, and whether urgent referral is needed. Read more.

Notes-Top 5-BEARBoston Children’s orthopedic surgeon, Martha Murray, MD, discusses Bridge-enhanced ACL repair (BEAR), a promising new approach to ACL surgery that uses a protein-enriched sponge to encourage the torn ends of an ACL to reconnect and heal. Read the blog.

Notes-Top 5-GhanaBeverly Small, RN, a staff nurse in Boston Children’s cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)  discusses the Hearts and Minds of Ghana initiative and how a team of clinicians created a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac surgery clinic in Kumasi, Ghana. Read the full story.

Notes-Top 5-RankingsEveryone who works in health care is familiar with U.S. News and World Reports annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. But the methods behind the numbers can seem complex and mysterious, even secretive. What do rankings really tell us about the quality of health care at various institutions?  Sreekala Bhagwat, a senior research analyst at Boston Children’s who manages the hospital’s data collection and reporting to U.S. News, says, “It’s not just about competition; it’s about improving the standards of health care everywhere.” Read more.

Notes-Top 5-MicrocephalyThe rapid spread of Zika virus and its association with cases of microcephaly have raised alarm across the Americas, such that the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergencyGaneshwaran Mochida, MD, a child neurologist at Boston Children’s specializing in microcephaly, highlights key facts about the condition. Read the blog.

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