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Practice what we preach: A clinician’s guide to healthy eating

Superfoods for clinicians, nutrition

Clinicians understand the importance of good nutrition and setting the healthy lifestyle ground rules with their patients. All too often, in the business of the day-to-day, clinicians do not take the time for themselves. Here are 10 healthy tips for clinicians on the go: …Read More

Experts Corner: How to be an everyday antibiotic steward

Antibiotic resistance-Flett

Antibiotic resistance is not a theoretical problem anymore. We are encountering resistant bacteria that have few antibiotic options. To treat these bacteria, we have to reach for antibiotics that may not work as well and have more frequent toxicities.

Appropriate antibiotic use is often thought of as a balancing act between good patient care and avoiding antibiotic resistance. But, appropriate antibiotic use IS good patient care. Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine, but patients exposed to them are also more likely to develop resistant infections including C. difficile and adverse reactions. Avoiding antibiotics when they are not needed reduces the risk of these harmful events.

As providers, it’s important to consider what we can do to keep patients safe while curbing antibiotic resistance — and have the tools to communicate this to parents. Here are a few simple actions we can take: …Read More

Clinical genetics 101: When to refer

Clinical-genetics

Pediatric genetics is a clinical specialty focused on the evaluation and management of children with genetic conditions. Genetic conditions can either be inherited from parents or arise from a new genetic change occurring during fetal development. Conditions vary widely and can affect any organ system of the body. Some diagnoses cause minimal impact on a child’s daily life, while others lead to complex medical needs. Given the breadth of genetic diagnoses, deciding when to refer a child to a genetics clinic can be a challenge.

Several resources outline specific reasons to refer patients to medical genetics. A clear guide written by geneticists and counselors from the American College of Medical Genetics organizes indications by patient age. Building on previously published guidelines, we highlight five practical reasons for referral for genetics evaluation. …Read More

Cyberbullying: Detection and advocacy

Cyberbullying-leadCyberbullying is defined as “the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person.” According to 2016 data, approximately 34 percent of children have been bullied online or through mobile digital devices such as smartphones. Given the number of children and adolescents affected by cyberbullying, as well as the negative short- and long-term health effects on its victims, today’s clinicians must learn the signs of cyberbullying, how it affects their patients, and how to prevent and treat associated health outcomes. …Read More