October 2017                                                                                         Volume 106
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.

While prescribing stimulant medications is the primary form of treatment for ADHD, research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy , in addition to improving nutritional diet, exercise, and adding structure to a child's schedule, can mitigate ADHD symptoms and improve focus overall.
Pediatricians should encourage parents of children with ADHD to

  • Help the child understand that he or she is loved unconditionally , and set aside a regular time when parents can spend one-on-one time with the child with positive interactions

  • 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.

  • Never try to face the situation alone . Seeking out others who can understand will relieve a lot of stress.

Despite the challenges associated with the negative side of ADHD,
through treatment and a few lifestyle adjustments ,
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.

Pediatric Cardiologist

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

For contact information and full job descriptions, click here or visit https://www.acpeds.org/health-professionals/job-board for more information.
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FGM Statement finalized and approved

In September, the final version of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Statement was
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 BBC . 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.

For more information, view the new ACPeds position statement Female Genital Mutilation.
Thank you to members Dr. Jane Hamner for help editing Parent Talk,
and Dr. Leah Willson for her help in editing the Newsletter.
Special Interest News, Articles and Studies
Promoting marriage essential to ensure child, adolescent physical, mental health

Recent research supports the ACPeds long held stance that
traditional marriage between two biological parents produces the best outcomes for children.

Research 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.
Though research 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.
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Patient Handout Reminder

Patient handouts are available for download free of charge  on the Handouts page of the Health Professionals  (and Parents ) section of the ACPeds website. Available In t he members' section of the website are  patient handouts 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  Member Hub
Nursing Board sends cease and desist letter to pro-life group teaching nurses how to 'reverse' abortions

The California Board of Nursing sent Heartbeat International a letter to demand that the pro-life pregnancy help network cease and desist offering nurses continuing education units (CEUs) for Abortion Pill Reversal classes. According to Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey,

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 and 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 study 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.
Another study 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.

Research  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:
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