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Selection from Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent MedicineCopyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

The ten top pediatric stories of 2006

Our editors select the most interesting and relevant research of the past year.

This year, the physician-editors of Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine summarized several studies that we thought would apply to your practices, and we reported on new innovations and their future implications. We also continued to provide special reports that covered new vaccine and drug information, new genetics findings, guidelines, and medical issues in the news. We hope that Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine continues to help you in your practices.


1. Influenza A Treatment: Our Shrinking Armamentarium. This CDC alert notified pediatricians about increasing resistance to adamantanes and recommended that this class of drugs not be used for influenza for the remainder of the 2005–2006 influenza season.

2. Is Prenatal SSRI Exposure Harmful to Newborns? Maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), especially late in pregnancy, might be associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome and persistent pulmonary hypertension.

3. In Neonates, One Culture Is Enough. As long as 1 ml of blood is obtained, a single blood culture is adequate to identify bacterial sepsis in newborns.

4. Growth Hormone Therapy in Girls with Turner Syndrome. This is the first randomized, controlled trial to show gains in adult height in girls with Turner syndrome who received growth hormone.

5. Management of Abnormal Cervical Cytology: Age Matters. Because adolescents in the …

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