October is National ADHD Awareness Month
While some question the validity of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an actual diagnosis, there are
many children and adults in the United States for which ADHD is the central focus of their lives
and the cause of much stress and concern.
Pediatricians should encourage parents of children with ADHD to
Avoid feeding the child soda, fast food, processed meat, potato chips, and foods with artificial food coloring
. Instead serve a healthful, well-balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.
Despite the challenges associated with the negative side of ADHD,
children and adults with ADHD can find great success and fulfillment in life.
ACPeds resources on ADHD for parents, pediatricians and health professionals
Interview with President Cretella
Last month, ACPeds president
Dr. Michelle Cretella was interviewed on The Dacus Report
regarding contemporary gender ideology.
3 new postings on the College Job Board
Pediatric provider opportunity in beautiful coastal/wine country
A small, private pediatric group in Templeton, CA is looking for a pediatrician or nurse practitioner to help with the growing practice. The group is looking to hire permanent part or full-time providers, and will also consider locums tenens.
The Section of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth seeks a full-time board certified or board eligible Pediatric Cardiologist to join its faculty. Active participation in Pediatric undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education is required, with eligibility for appointment at Geisel expected, along with excellent interpersonal, clinical, and teaching skills.
Medical Officer - Pediatrics Hospitalist
A high performing, professional service and technology focused organization is looking to hire a Medical Officer - Pediatrics Hospitalist. This position is full-time and it is onsite at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.
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FGM Statement finalized and approved
approved and is now available on the ACPeds website!
Though FGM (also known as "female genital cutting" or "female circumcision") is more commonly practiced in certain countries in Africa and communities in the Middle East and Asia, as people from these communities immigrate to the United States,
over 500,000 women and girls in America are felt to be at risk, with the numbers having almost doubled in the past ten years
Over 5,000 new cases of FGM were reported in England this year, according to the
. In July,
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation
making genital mutilation of girls a state felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison
, both for doctors who perform the procedure and parents who transport a child to undergo the surgery.
FGM is a violation of girls' and women's rights and serves absolutely no health benefits for those that undergo the procedure.
Thank you to members Dr. Jane Hamner for help editing Parent Talk,
and Dr. Leah Willson for her help in editing the Newsletter.
Promoting marriage essential to ensure child, adolescent physical, mental health
supports the ACPeds long held stance that
traditional marriage between two biological parents produces the best outcomes for children.
also shows that the married mother and father family unit provides
reduced infant mortality and morbidity, better physical and mental health
for children and adults,
superior educational attainment, and protection from poverty, antisocial behavior, and physical abuse
The ACPeds website has a wealth of resources and information on the importance of marriage to child and adolescent health and some are listed below.
has established the married mother-father family unit as the gold standard for insuring optimal outcomes in a child's development, the
percentage of married-parent families has significantly declined
over the past 50+ years, while the proportion of
divorced, cohabiting, and single-parent families has risen
. For the blended and single-parent families, ACPeds offers the following resources to ensure optimal child development.
Member Benefit: Big discount for reception room magazines
To enjoy the discount subscription,
No waiting for the subscription to start and one fee yearly. It's that easy.
Patient handouts are available for download free of charge
page of the
) section of the ACPeds website. Available In t
he members' section of the website are
shared by other ACPeds practitioners
, some of which may be helpful to your own patients and practice. Contact the office to get the username and password for access to the
Nursing Board sends cease and desist letter to pro-life group teaching nurses how to 'reverse' abortions
This politically driven move is "a direct effort to steal a mother's choice right out from under her" and keeps nurses from accomplishing their compassionate mission to help and serve others.
So far, over 350 doctors around the US have joined the
Abortion Pill Reversal network
300 mothers have successfully rescued their children from abortion through the program
which introduces an emergency and ongoing progesterone treatment to counteract the first of two pills in the chemical abortion (RU-486) process.
Bullying research shows adverse effects can last 20+ years
In a recent
of 5,600 students between the ages of 12 and 17,
73% reported that they had been bullied at school at some point in their lifetime,
70% percent reported that someone had spread rumors about them online, and
20% reported being threatened with a weapon at school.
found that 5th graders who had been the victim of bullying were more likely to have greater symptoms of depression in seventh grade, and a greater likelihood of using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in tenth grade.
has also found that childhood bullies were more likely to smoke cigarettes, use marijuana, experience stressful circumstances, and to be aggressive and hostile more than 20 years later, while men who were bullied as children tended to have more financial difficulties, felt more unfairly treated by others, and were less optimistic about their future 20 years later.
When it comes to resolving childhood bullying,
parental involvement should be a school's primary method of resolution and prevention. Not only do parents have the
power to prevent their children from being victimized by their peers, they also have the
power and the responsibility to control and correct any bullying that their children instigate.
For more information on bullying resolution and prevention, view the following ACPeds resources: