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Parent Encouragement Program (PEP): A Non-Profit Parent Education Group in the DC Area

Pediatricians are charged with a tremendous responsibility – caring for the physical and mental health of their young patients. Because the time of an office visit is limited, the focus on the child’s physical health sometimes takes priority over inquiry into the child’s emotional health, even though the latter is critically important to the child’s overall well-being.


Senate Approves Bill to Delay ICD-10 Implementation Until October 2015

By a vote of 64 to 35, the U.S. Senate on March 31, 2014 approved legislation that includes a provision to delay the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The bill will be sent to President Obama for his expected signature.

The so-called “Doc-Fix” bill also suspends Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that would have cut the physician reimbursement rate this year by nearly 24 percent.


Eliminating Disparities in School Discipline: What Works

Disparities in out-of-school suspension and expulsion by race, gender and sexual orientation are a critical issue in our schools.   The Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative, a national panel of researchers, educators, advocates and policy analysts, has released an important new contribution, the Disciplinary Disparities Briefing Paper series.   Three papers, on policy, practice, and new research, present the most recent findings on disciplinary disparities, and especially focus on our best knowledge about interventions for reducing disparities.

READ MORE » Presents “Communication Delays: Common Misconceptions”

Popular misconceptions regarding communication delays in boys, bilingual children, and younger siblings may prevent these groups from getting the help they need. All children who show early warning signs of a delay should immediately be referred for a developmental screening by a speech-language pathologist. Developmental screenings are typically free and last approximately 15 minutes.


Commentary: Why HPV Vaccination Can’t Wait – Larry K. Pickering, MD, FAAP

A vaccine is available that prevents cancer, but only 50% of eligible adolescent girls and far fewer adolescent boys have been provided this protection. Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake for adolescent females during 2012 have not changed from rates in 2011.


Dr. Pickering

Research indicates that pediatricians anticipate a “difficult” conversation when talking with parents of an 11- or 12-year-old about the HPV vaccine because it may involve a discussion of sexual issues.


Podcast: Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Children


Kenneth Tobwin, MD

Click here to listen to Dr. Kenneth Towbin, MD of the National Institute of Mental Health discuss research on understanding the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and severe irritability in children. Podcast courtesy of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

 To learn more about NIMH pediatric bipolar research, click here.


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