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April 15, 2015
Teen Suicide - PediaCast 315

This PediaCast discusses the scope of the problem of teen suicide, risk factors, warning signs, prevention strategies, treatment options, long-term outlook for suicidal teens and ongoing research projects aimed at identifying at-risk youth and getting them plugged-in to the help they need. Drs. David Axelson, Jeff Bridge and Dan Cohen are guests.

>> Click here to listen to the PediaCast on teen suicide.

December 17, 2014
Infant Fever - PediaCast 305

Dr. Daniel Cohen and Dr. Prashant Majahan join Dr. Michael Patrick in the PediaCast studio to discuss traditional and emerging technologies in the evaluation and management of young infants with fever.

>> Click here to listen to the PediaCast on infant fever.

May 21, 2014
Pediatric Seizure Study Completed: What We Learned

University of Michigan physicians and researchers joined a partnership of 14 children’s hospitals and universities across the country to find out which of two commonly prescribed medications is best for treating seizures in children in the emergency room. The Pediatric Seizure Study started enrolling patients here at the University of Michigan in 2008 and stopped enrolling July 2011. Analysis of the data collected show that there is no significant difference in the effectiveness and safety of treating seizures between lorazepam and diazepam.

  • Both drugs are about 72% effective in stopping seizures.
  • Both drugs had approximately the same rates of serious respiratory depression, about 17%.
  • There was no difference between the two drugs in stopping seizures with just one dose.
  • There was no difference between the two drugs in the number of children whose seizures returned after successful treatment.
  • Aspiration risk was very low (~1%) in both groups.

In conclusion, both lorazepam and diazepam continue to be safe for use in children for the treatment of seizures; and neither one is better than the other one.

Thank you to the community for your invaluable contribution through your understanding, feedback, questions and comments. We encourage parents and families to call 1-866-377-8557 for more information about results from the study.

The Pediatric Seizure Study is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), an agency of the federal government.

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