Innovation and Discovery

(From the April 2018 Issue of MedStat)

Safe Opioid Prescribing Resources for Families and Providers

In the midst of the current opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 17 percent of those who abuse painkillers are prescribed medication by a physician. Nationwide Children’s Opioid Task Force has developed an opioid safety protocol to share with patient families and an opioid prescription decision-making tree and guidelines for safe prescribing for clinicians.

Changes in Pediatric GI Reflux Guidelines

A joint committee of the North American and European societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition recommends reducing acid suppressive medications for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in newly updated guidelines. The guidelines offer a number of changes from the societies’ 2009 guide, including practical tools for telling gastroesophageal reflux from GERD, red flags that may suggest other disorders, typical drug dosages for treatment and more. Learn about the guidelines in this PediatricsOnline article.

Omega Fatty Acid Supplements Appear to Reduce ASD Symptoms in Toddlers

In a small study, parents of toddlers who were born very preterm (more than 11 weeks early) reported a greater reduction in autism spectrum disorder symptoms while their children were taking omega fatty acid supplements, compared to parents of a control group taking placebos. Researchers from the Center for Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s suggest the supplements reduce inflammation, which in turn could improve behaviors in children with ASD symptoms. Learn more in this Pediatrics Nationwide article.