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What’s in the News: Routine Probiotic Use in Preterm Infants Not Supported by Evidence

Despite an increase in the number of preterm infants receiving probiotics in the U.S. and Canada, current evidence does not support the routine, universal administration of such products, particularly in those with a birth weight under 1,000 grams, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Published in the June…

What’s in the News: CDC Issues Guidance Following Reports of Myocarditis and Pericarditis After COVID-19 Vaccination

Increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the U.S. after receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in adolescents and young adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In guidance issued in late May, CDC indicated that, in most cases, patients have responded well to medications and rest, and…

May. 21, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

“IN DIVERSITY THERE IS BEAUTY AND THERE IS STRENGTH” – MAYA ANGELOU Inclusion is one of the core values of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. We recognize the need to enhance diversity within our Society and in our profession. We aspire to reflect the communities we serve. The PIDS Inclusion, Diversity, Access & Equity Taskforce, established in 2019,…

Help get us all paid more appropriately! Reminder: Complete the IDSA Compensation Survey

Our members have consistently voiced concerns about fair compensation of pediatric infectious diseases specialists. IDSA is leading a large task force effort to understand and ultimately increase infectious diseases specialist compensation, and they have included Peds ID in this initiative. If you are a member of the IDSA and have received the survey link, please fill…

What’s in the News: Improving Delayed Antibiotic Prescribing for Ear Infections

A low-cost stewardship intervention resulted in an increase in delayed antibiotic prescribing for pediatric ear infections across urban, suburban, and rural outpatient pediatric clinics in Colorado, according to a new study. Published in Pediatrics, the research included 69 clinicians at eight practice sites and a 6-month intervention composed of education, audit and feedback, online resources,…

What’s in the News: Reported Penicillin Allergies and Antibiotic Prescribing

Among pediatric inpatients at a large children’s hospital, the rate of reported penicillin allergies was nearly 9%, according to research presented at a recent meeting. The study also found increased use of 4th generation cephalosporins, lincosamides, and sulfonamides in patients with a penicillin allergy label who were prescribed antibiotics compared to patients without a reported…

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Honors 12 Distinguished Physicians, Scientists

The world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, honors 12 distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world were elected this year to be fellows of PIDS. The designation “fellow” in PIDS honors those who have…

May. 7, 2021

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

Did you have a chance to attend any of the terrific sessions that were part of Phase I of the PAS virtual meeting? Many thanks to Drs. Ann Chahroudi and Kari Simonsen, and the PIDS Program and Meetings Committee for bringing us these sessions. Phase II begins May 10. You will not want to miss…

New PIDS Educational Offering: The Effective TID Teacher Series

The PIDS Transplant ID Education Subcommittee invites pediatric infectious diseases (PID) educators interested in developing additional teaching strategies for Transplant/Immunocompromised ID (TID) education to participate in “The Effective Transplant ID Teacher”.  In this three-part virtual series, session leaders will use learner vignettes to identify common challenges encountered by clinical educators when teaching TID knowledge and…

Early Exposure to Pediatrics/Pediatric Subspecialties – Survey Request

Hello PIDS Members, There is an Early Exposure Action Team working on improving early exposure to pediatrics and all pediatric subspecialties.  This action team consists of Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) and Council of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) representatives. The Early Exposure Action Team has created a short survey of 25 questions with…

What’s in the News: Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase IIB Trial

Researchers with the University of Oxford recently reported promising findings from a trial of a candidate vaccine against malaria. The randomized, controlled, double-blind phase IIb trial included 450 children aged 5 to 17 months old in Burkina Faso in 2019. Split into three groups, the first two groups of participants received the R21/Matrix-M vaccine (with…

What’s in the News

A recent study in Pediatrics found that children of lower socioeconomic status, Hispanic ethnicity, and Black race were at increased risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which has been associated with COVID-19. Published April 28, the retrospective case-control study included 43 patients diagnosed with MIS-C between January 1 and September 2, 2020, at…

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