This 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. …Read More
The ongoing Zika virus outbreak has shined a spotlight on microcephaly. But Boston Children’s Hospital’s developmental/behavioral experts Marie Reilly, MD, and Leonard Rappaport, MD, note that Zika isn’t the first virus to cause birth defects.
In an article published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, they offer a long-range perspective on challenges children infected with Zika prenatally may face. …Read More
The hype around Zika virus seems to be settling down. The Summer Olympics in Rio appeared to occur without incident (at least associated to the virus spread), and the number of reported cases has plateaued. Media interest, while not gone, is definitely waning from where it was in February, when the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Yet for those working on the frontlines or in global organizations trying to define and understand the outbreak, it is clear this is a false period of calm.
This past July, as I walked the halls of a hospital in Brazil, I witnessed the impact of the disease firsthand. Tired and despairing mothers carried their infants with abnormally small heads, trying futilely to soothe their shrill cries as they waited for medical care. They carried them close and explained to our visiting group of public health officials that the stigma of having a child with Zika virus has started to pervade society, with people simultaneously fascinated and frightened by their children.
For these mothers, taking care of their children has become their full-time job. Providers and families in the affected regions remain afraid and worried about the long-term care that these children will require. And this wave of fear and uncertainty is moving to the U.S. …Read More
Notes-worthy articles from around the web
The New York Times reports on a phenomenon pediatricians have witnessed in recent years: fewer ear infections among infants and toddlers. Better educated parents and providers contributed to this public health achievement.
The Washington Post compiles the latest news about the first ever mosquito-borne virus linked to congenital brain defects.
In a first-person piece for STAT, a physician laments that the complex narrative of a patient’s experience is lost when medical records are digitally segmented.
Learn more about Zika and microcephaly in children.