Ilya Petrou, MD
New guidelines: Screening for pediatric psoriasis comorbidities
Recommendations emphasize early detection of risks for medical comorbidities later in life.
Financing of vaccine delivery in primary care practices
Primary care practices are the backbone of childhood immunization delivery, and have become indispensable in the promotion of public health. Over the last decades, however, the skyrocketing costs of vaccines have gone from a minor consideration in the overhead of a pediatric practice to one of significant financial burden, largely because of new vaccines.
DHA fails to prevent BPD in preterm infants
Previous studies conducted in animals and in humans have suggested that DHA might be helpful in reducing the risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). However, the results of a very recent study demonstrated that the supplementation of an emulsion containing DHA did not reduce the risk of preterm infants developing BPD compared with infants who received a control emulsion without DHA.
Familial link of OM requiring tympanostomy tubes
A recent study found that there is a significant familial link in otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes in both close and distant relatives, with shared environments possibly playing a role, given the fivefold increased risk seen in siblings.
Emergency airway management
Securing a child’s airway in an emergency setting can be challenging, and success here is dictated by a mosaic of factors such as clinician experience, appropriate instrumentation, and, importantly, the many anatomical and physiological considerations that differ significantly from the adult population.
ASPS' Fat Graft Task Force updates position on safety of autologous fat grafting
Although the plastic surgery world has been at odds with the issue of safety and fat grafting procedures with breast surgery, experts report today that there is no indication that fat grafting is an unsafe procedure.
Inert insert
French researchers have developed a titanium-coated silicone gel breast implant that may reduce capsular contracture in breast augmentation patients.
Ribbon rejuvenation
A recent study on a resorbable "ribbon" suspension device targeted to a younger patient population shows promising results for lifting the neck, lower and mid-face.
Feeding frenzy
The traditional approach to feeding a patient following full abdominoplasty is to wait until the patient has audible bowel activity to commence with the oral intake of food. But one recent study claims such patients can safely begin feeding immediately post-op, without an increase in the incidence of POI.
Bye-bye dry eye
Patients who undergo a blepharoplasty often complain of dry eye symptoms, which can be difficult and challenging to treat.

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