Category Archives: Pediatrics

Otitis Media: The Options Are Gelling

Otitis media is frequently treated in infants and young children by using antibiotics. However, the side effects and the long duration of treatment lessen compliance. A hydrogel which is applied just once to the eardrum in a case of illness is about to change that. more...

Sometimes We Are Heroes. Sometimes We Are Villains.

If I have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that our job is not an easy one. That is not to make excuses, rather to emphasize the fact that success or failure can depend on circumstantial timing, making physicians look like heroes or villains. more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba
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How This Physician Grieves

85 children from 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have died due to influenza during the 2015-2016 season. Piper Lowery, who was a healthy 12 year old girl died from H1N1 influenza almost one year ago. Her mother, Pegy, has gone public with her story, more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba

Suicide In The Children’s Room

The majority of children who commit suicide are male and they commit suicide at home. Be that as it may, one third of children make utterances about this intention beforehand. Warning signs include depression, and attention deficit disorder as well. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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I Wish My Patients Knew

Referencing a New York Times article “What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew” got me thinking about both sides of the coin. Physicians are human beings and sometimes this fact gets lost when a patient is angry or frustrated seeking help from the medical system. Here is more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba

Kidney Stones in Children and Teens

When children and teenagers have abdominal or stomach pains, most parents and many doctors don't think of kidney stones. An article by John Foreman, M.D. states that the "incidence of kidney stones is increasing dramatically, especially in teenagers." more...

Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

The importance of looking for a treatable muscle disease and not diagnosing everyone with muscle weakness as having muscular dystrophy. In the many years I have seen children (and some adults) with neuromuscular disorders, I have had countless parents tell me that when more...

Misdiagnosis in Muscle Diseases

Having cared for both children and adults in six neuromuscular programs or clinics, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate diagnosis far too many patients receive. Several months ago a teenage youth sent me an e-mail saying he had been playing varsity basketball more...

Cannula and Co.: Friendly Bloodsuckers

Whether it be blood extraction or vaccination, a prick and a small amount of pain is part of the deal – or at least until now. But the anaesthetic patch, infrared technology and blood sample extraction performed without using a cannula are making routine procedure more...

Inadequate Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

Having cared for many hundreds of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, it was encouraging to see an article by Nicholas Wade in the New York Times. Three researchers are trying a new technique to insert "the correct gene into damaged cells." more...

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