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Jul. 13, 2022

In The News: Updates on COVID-19 Vaccines for Youngest Kids

A pair of recent articles from Mepage Today covered the latest on COVID-19 vaccines following FDA and CDC approval. First, CDC’s Advisers Endorse COVID Vaccines in Youngest Kids recounts the unanimous ACIP vote in June for both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in children six months and older. Meanwhile, Youngest Kids Can Get COVID Shots With…

Jul. 13, 2022

In The News: CDC Eyes Bavarian Monkeypox Vaccine for Kids as Outbreak Spreads

Bloomberg reports the continued spread of monkeypox across the United States and the world has led the CDC to develop a vaccine protocol for children. If needed, the agency will call to allow Bavarian Nordic A/S’s Jynneos vaccine for children. Currently, the vaccine is only cleared for use in adults. Though the outbreak has been…

Jun. 22, 2022

Member Spotlight: Michael J. Smith

Michael J. Smith, MD, MSCE, FPIDS is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Duke University School of Medicine.    Dr. Smith earned his medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his pediatric residency at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. He went on to…

Jun. 22, 2022

In The News: Coronavirus Vaccines for Kids Under 5 Are Finally Here

The Washington Post reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory panel recommendation means pediatricians will be administering the first coronavirus vaccines to children under five in the coming days. Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were approved for use in the last age group to become eligible, children from six months to five years….

Jun. 22, 2022

In The News: Proportion of Black, Hispanic Physicians Do Not Reflect US Population

Healio has shared findings on underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic physicians and medical students compared to their presence in the greater U.S. population. The study authors relay that diversity among health care professionals promotes better access, quality and outcomes for an increasingly diverse population. Researchers used data from the Census Bureau and the Association of…

Jun. 22, 2022

PIDS Foundation News: Michael Pichichero (Donor)

Michael Pichichero, MD believes that, too often, great science in pediatric infectious disease does not receive the funding by the National Institutes of Health or large charitable foundations that it deserves. In order to achieve funding by these sources, applications must include high-quality preliminary data in support of hypotheses to be tested that may not…

Jun. 8, 2022

President’s Letter from Dr. C. Buddy Creech – Goals For PIDS; Goals With PIDS

As we head into summer, I’m asking each of us to think about our goals for PIDS this year. My hope is that by intentionally crafting both a shared vision for PIDS and individual goals for how we engage with PIDS, we will be able to capitalize on all that our Society can offer. For…

Jun. 8, 2022

In The News: Antibiotic Resistance Could Be a Top Cause of Death by 2050, Experts Say

Medpage Today reports on an expert panel recently asserting antibiotic resistance will be an expanding threat over time. Bacteria evolving beyond the efficacy of antibiotics, according to the CDC, has led in the U.S. to more than 2.8 million resistant infections and over 35,000 deaths each year. Globally, more people died of antibiotic resistance than…

Jun. 8, 2022

In The News – Inappropriate Antibiotics for Nonhospitalized Kids Cost US at Least $74 Million

Reporting on a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and The Pew Charitable Trusts, Medical Xpress shares the cost of inappropriately prescribed antibiotics to children cost an excess of at least $74 million in the United States. Data from private health insurance claims for children six months to 17 years of…

May. 18, 2022

Member Spotlight: Gabriela Maron

Gabriela Maron, MD, MS, is an Associate Member of the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is currently the Director of Infectious Diseases – Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy at St. Jude. Dr. Maron received her MD…

May. 18, 2022

In The News: As Mysterious Child Hepatitis Cases Swell, Scientists Study Symptoms and Causes

NBC News reports the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control announced the worldwide number of mysterious pediatric hepatitis cases has reached 450 in total from 25 different countries. The number is double what the agency noted two weeks ago and far exceeds the WHO’s count of 348. The U.K. (160) and the U.S. (110)…

May. 18, 2022

In The News: Hospitals Can Reduce Antibiotic Overuse By Avoiding Unnecessary Blood Draws in Critically Ill Children, Study Shows

Medical Xpress covers a report by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and elsewhere on the practice of blood draws on PICU patients with fevers and fears of sepsis. To promote patient safety practices, the researchers developed a decision support program that appears to reduce the number of blood draws and antibiotic usage without increasing…

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