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Resiliency in NICU parents may be linked to lower depression and anxiety

Parents of vulnerable newborns in neonatal intensive care units who feel less resilient may experience more symptoms of psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. A snapshot from an ongoing cross-sectional study exploring this relationship was presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Mental health diagnoses among US children, youth continue to rise at alarming rate

The number of children and adolescents visiting the nation’s emergency departments due to mental health concerns continued to rise at an alarming rate from 2012 through 2016, with mental health diagnoses for non-Latino blacks outpacing such diagnoses among youth of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Kids’ firearm-related injuries differ: Younger kids are more likely to be injured accidentally

The reasons that children with firearm-related injuries are rushed to the nation’s emergency departments differs by the intent of the person discharging the weapon, with younger kids more likely to be injured by accident and older youths more likely to be victims of an assault, according to retrospective, cross-sectional analyses presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition. Efforts to protect children from firearm-related injuries should factor in these differences in intent as legislation and policies are drafted, suggests a study team led by Children’s National Health System.

Racial and ethnic differences in emergency pain relief for kids with broken bones

Children of all ages are rushed to emergency departments to treat broken bones. However, depending on their race and ethnicity, their pain may be managed differently, according to a multi-institutional study presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition. While non-Latino black children and Latino children are more likely to receive any analgesia, non-white children with fractured bones are less likely to receive opioid pain medications, even when they arrive at the emergency department with similar pain levels.

Pediatric advance care planning linked to better understanding of child’s end-of-life care choices, improved quality of life for youth living with HIV

When youth living with HIV/AIDS participate in pediatric advance care planning, they gain a sense of control associated with reduced physical symptoms, especially pain, according to a new study. The study notes that despite the advent of highly effective medications, U.S. youth living with HIV/AIDS are six to 12 times more likely to die than the general public.

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FDA awards $5 million to pediatric device consortium co-led by Children’s National and University of Maryland, College Park

To foster development, production and marketing of the next generation of medical devices designed to meet growing children’s unique needs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded $5 million to the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI), led by Children’s National Health System and University of Maryland, College Park.