Tag: US

  • Pediatric Newsletter #15: Food Allergies, Gluten, and Pizza

    Welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter for parents about pediatric topics. In it I highlight and comment on new research, news stories, or anything else about children’s health I think will interest parents. In this particular issue I tell you about a couple of new findings about allergies in children, as well as…

  • Meet the norovirus, now the most common cause of “stomach flu” in children

    Gastroenteritis, often called “stomach flu,” is common in children. It has nothing to do with influenza, the “true flu,” which is caused by a respiratory virus. Gastroenteritis is caused by a different set of viruses. These viruses are generally transmitted by what physicians call the fecal-oral route, which sounds kind of gross. What we mean…

  • Do ads for drugs affect physician prescribing behavior?

    Open most any medical journal, including the most prestigious of them, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and you will see page upon page of glossy advertisements from drug companies for their products. This has been going on for many decades. Do these ads affect physician behavior? Are we more likely to prescribe ones…

  • Telemedicine and a “virtual PICU”

    There is a shortage of intensivists in the US, both pediatric ones and those who care for adults. Intensive care nurses are in short supply, too. Yet the demand for intensive care services is growing. Part of the demand for adult intensivists is driven by our aging population, but what about children? Why aren’t there…

  • Do drug ads in medical journals affect physician practice?

    Open any medical journal, including the most prestigious of them, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and you will see page upon page of glossy advertisements from drug companies for their products. This has been going on for many decades. Do these ads affect physician behavior? Are we more likely to prescribe ones…

  • US health care stacks up poorly with other countries. Again.

    A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund highlights what Americans experience in what passes for our healthcare “system” — higher costs, higher risks, and more stress. You can read about it on Chris Fleming’s excellent Health Affairs blog here, or else see the full study published here, in the journal Health Affairs. The study surveyed…

  • A virtual pediatric intensive care unit?

    There is a shortage of intensivists in the US, both pediatric ones and those who care for adults. Intensive care nurses are in short supply, too. Yet the demand for intensive care services is growing. Part of the demand for adult intensivists is driven by our aging population, but what about children? Why aren’t there…

  • How many children seen in emergency rooms don’t have emergencies?

    Everybody knows, especially those who work in emergency rooms, that a sizable proportion of patients there don’t have an emergency. This is true for children as well as adults. The reasons they are in the ER and not somewhere else are also pretty well known: 1.) A lot of children don’t have a regular doctor,…