» Pediatrics Where the World Finds Bioethics Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Young People’s Experiences of Participation in Clinical Trials: Reasons for Taking Part Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:45:56 +0000 0 Kids get more cavities when they live with smokers Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:51:04 +0000 0 Can a 5-year-old refuse treatment: The Case of Julianna Snow Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:39:09 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Julianna Snow is a 5-year-old who suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurodegenerative illness. This is the most common of all inherited neurological disorders (about 1 in 2,500 people have it). The disease usually is noticed in adolescence or early adulthood. For Julianna, the disease affects not only movement but swallowing and breathing. She is subjected to NT suctioning every few hours to remove the mucus that accumulates. Her decline was rapid and severe. Michelle and Steve Snow have written extensive blogs about their experiences and conversations.…

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Heaven over hospital: Dying girl, age 5, makes a choice Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:11:09 +0000 0 A Matter of Ethics and Policy in the Era of Regenerative Transplantation in the United States Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:41:08 +0000 by Macey L. Henderson and Brianna L Doby

Why do we need to care about the ethical development of health policies that impact research, donation, and transplantation in the United States? The story of Zion Harvey is a good place to start.

Zion lost all of his limbs to amputation from sepsis at the age of two. The infection that ravished his body and took his limbs also caused renal failure, resulting in a successful kidney transplant when he was 4 years old.…

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Children and Clinical Research: Ethical Issues Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:53:30 +0000 0 Not all new mothers in U.S. get advice on breastfeeding, infant care: survey Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:41:51 +0000 0 Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:50:13 +0000 0 Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids’ lower test scores Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:02:23 +0000 0 In California, Vaccination is the Law Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:52:08 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This week, California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277. This law mandates vaccinations for all children who attend a school (public or private) in the state. The only exemption is when a physician certifies that a vaccine “is not considered safe for the child.” The big change in this new law is the removal of the “personal belief” exemption from vaccination. No longer can a religious or philosophical belief exempt a child from receiving an immunization.…

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Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed years later Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:26:37 +0000 0 Food ads during children’s TV don’t meet proposed guidelines Mon, 11 May 2015 23:06:57 +0000 0 Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:13:09 +0000 0 California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:34:15 +0000 0 On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:28:57 +0000 0 Experts caution against random drug testing in schools Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:07:43 +0000 0 Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for kids Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:50:56 +0000 0 Comedy and medicine: Why we mock parents who don’t vaccinate their children Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:15:19 +0000 By Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

In a recent episode of his late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel, father and comedian, included a segment in which real physicians mock parents who do not vaccinate their children in a mock public service announcement. Because Kimmel said it best, here is a long quote from his opening segment:

“If you are one of these anti-vaccine people you probably aren’t going  to take medical advice from a talk show host…and I don’t expect you to. But I would expect you to take medical advice from almost every doctor in the world…See the thing about doctors is they didn’t learn about the human body from their friends’ Facebook page.…

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Parents often want changes in kids’ shots schedule Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:42:32 +0000 0 In Drug Trial, Parents Weigh Life and Loss Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:14:29 +0000 0 What should docs do with parents who don’t vaccinate? Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:14:37 +0000 by Jenna Lillemoe, B.A.
by Arthur Caplan , Ph.D.

This year has marked the largest measles outbreak in decades with over 102 cases documented since December. This outbreak is a product of the anti-vaccination trend that has dramatically decreased vaccination compliance rates in children. Parents no longer follow the guidance of their pediatricians or believe the scientific evidence that vaccinations work without adverse effects. Pediatricians and family medicine physicians are then tasked with caring for these unvaccinated children. Because there is no set policy of how to manage caring for non-vaccinated children, we were interested in attempting to critically analyze how physicians manage non-vaccinated children.…

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Ritual Male Infant Circumcision and Human Rights Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:01:35 +0000 0 Most parents want their babies’ genome sequenced, study finds Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:42:26 +0000 0 Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Daughter With Cancer Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:29:14 +0000 0 Transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:13:58 +0000 0 Connecticut Supreme Court upholds ruling that teen must undergo chemo Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:29:00 +0000 0 How the U.S. Government Botched Its Multibillion-Dollar Plan to Beat Childhood Disease Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:01:57 +0000 0 Cassandra C: Right to refuse treatment or protecting a minor* Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:19:24 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Connecticut, a 17-year-old girl is being kept in a hospital room under court order. She is restrained to her treatment bed when she is given chemotherapy that neither she nor her mother want. Cassandra C. is a young woman who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. She underwent surgery to remove a lymph node and then chose not to receive further treatment. She left the hospital with her mother, Jackie Fortin, to allegedly seek a second opinion, out-of-state.…

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No increase in risky sexual activity with HPV vaccine Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:55:55 +0000 0 Schools’ preparedness for kids after concussion can vary Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:37:53 +0000 0 A brain wave test could diagnose autistic kids more accurately — and earlier Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:17:56 +0000 0 Early treatment may significantly decrease autism symptoms by age 3 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:50:59 +0000 0 On the Minimal Risk Threshold in Research With Children Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:34:50 +0000 0 Making Sense of the Undue Burden Interpretation of Minimal Risk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:32:56 +0000 0 Brain Death Is a Flash Point in End-of-Life Law, Ethics and Policy Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:08 +0000 by Thaddeus M. Pope, J.D., Ph.D.

The August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes nearly 20 articles on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC or “brain death”).  Not coincidentally, this summer, several other leading bioethics journals are also covering “brain death.”  (See recent and forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.)  I have myself contributed to a multi-article examination of the topic in the imminently forthcoming Journal of Clinical Ethics 25(3).…

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Do sleepy teens need later school start times? Pediatricians say yes Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:41:02 +0000 0 California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:20:34 +0000 0 Australian couple ‘leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate’ Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:32:35 +0000 0 Teen Cancer Survivor Needs New Teeth, Insurance Company Refuses to Pay Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:42 +0000 0 Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens: study Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:29:23 +0000 0 Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:20:09 +0000 0 More U.S. teens’ report using human growth hormone, group says Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:57:07 +0000 0 Babies of anxious mothers more likely to cry excessively: study Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:34:34 +0000 0 Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:33:30 +0000 0 Police Won’t Use Nude Photos of Va. Teen as Evidence in Sexting Case, Attorney Says Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:35:22 +0000 0 Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier And Healthier Than Their Peers, New Study Finds Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 0 Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:31:45 +0000 by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease. In 1900, 30.4% of all deaths from infectious disease were to children under the age of 5 and the top three causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhea-enteritis. By 2010, the only infectious disease in the top ten list was influenza and pneumonia at 9th place. In 2012, 91.4% of adolescents are immunized for measles, mumps & rubella, 92.8% for Hep B, and many others.…

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Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy Thu, 22 May 2014 20:26:26 +0000 0 What Is This Child Doing in Prison? Tue, 20 May 2014 23:49:14 +0000 0 U.S. children read, but not well or often: report Mon, 12 May 2014 18:57:14 +0000 0